Covid-19 update 7th November; rate of infection in St Andrews Central above 100 per 100,000 again

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Data from Public Health Scotland’s Daily Dashboard show that as of the 5th November, the infection rates per 100,000 population in St Andrews Central was back above100 per 100,000 population, most likely linked to the increase in student cases (see below). Other local rates per 100,000 were: St Andrews South West: 50-74, St Andrews South East, and St Andrews North and Strathkinness: 15-29. Local hotspots include (>100 per 100,000), Balmullo and Gauldry, Newburgh and Kettle and Ladybank.

According to the latest update by St Andrews University on the 5th November, there were 17 active cases, 16 students and 1 member of staff, bringing the total  since 1st September to 85.  Thirteen students had been diagnosed since the previous update on the 29th October, most of whom were students who had returned home for the independent learning week.

Over the 7 days up to the 7th November, 406 further cases were diagnosed in Fife and 418  in Tayside. On the 5th November, the 7 day rate of infection in Fife, currently under Tier 2 restrictions, was 108.7 per 100,000 population. The comparable figure for Dundee City, which is in Tier 3, was 125.2 cases per 100,000.

On the 7th November, there were 55  cases in hospital in Fife (up 9 )and 10 cases in ITU (up 2); 57 cases  in hospital in Tayside (down 3) and 6 in ITU (up 6).

During the week ending 7th November, 4 deaths of patients with coronavirus were recorded in Tayside. There have been no deaths in Fife since 22nd June

Amongst confirmed cases in Scotland, there were 107 deaths between the 1st and 7th November, down from 167 in the previous week. However, it should be noted that there is under reporting of data at weekends.

For Scottish Government news go to the latest Scottish coronavirus figures go to: and click here to go to go directly the Public Health Scotland dashboard for all Scottish coronavirus data.

For the latest global coronavirus data go to:

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.

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