Over the 7 days up to the 23rd September, 94 further cases were diagnosed in Fife and 54 in Tayside. This is the first time that the weekly total in Fife has exceeded that in Tayside. 12 cases in Fife have been linked to St Andrews University – 10 students and 2 members of staff while NHS Tayside is investigating 3 confirmed Covid-19 cases and several suspected cases amongst students at Abertay University linked to private student accommodation at Parker House in Dundee. Close contacts of the positive cases are being contacted and all 500 residents of Parker House have been asked to self-isolate until further contact tracing has been completed.
In Fife there have been no deaths since the 22nd June when the cumulative number of deaths stood at 127 and less than 5 cases in hospital since the 6th July. In Tayside there have been no deaths since the 27th August and less than 5 cases in hospital since the 26th June.
Amongst confirmed cases in Scotland, there have been 6 deaths since the 16th September.
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For the latest global coronavirus data go to: https://www.ft.com/coronavirus-latest
Click here for an account of why the UK was unprepared for a pandemic and was critically short of ventilators and here for an account of how the UK got its testing strategy wrong and here for an account of how advice to purchase protective equipment for health workers was rejected on account of the cost. And here for potential problems with Scotland’s test, trace and isolate programme.