The number of people attending A&E has fallen since the locking of the corona virus began.
Before the pandemic, the weekly A&E attendance rate so far this year was around 25,000.
New Scottish NHS figures show that, in the week ending March 29, a total of 11,020 patients went to the hospital emergency department to ask for help.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said the figure was the lowest since the weekly record began.
The Scottish government and health council have urged people to only attend A&E if their medical situation is life threatening.
Ms Freeman said people who stayed away from A&E “helped free up vital resources to enable NHS staff to be rehired to support the response to the coronavirus pandemic”.
He added: “I would also like to once again pay homage to Scottish health and social care staff for their continued hard work and dedication – you provide an extraordinary level of care during this extraordinary time and each of you is very grateful to me. Thank you. “
Despite the decline, figures show that the Scottish government’s target of 95% of emergency cases that must be resolved within four hours of arrival is unanswered.
As many as 92.2% of those present were seen within four hours.
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