Over the 7 days up to the 14th November, 519 further cases were diagnosed in Fife and 438 in Tayside. This compares with 406 in Fife and 418 in Tayside the previous week and demonstrates that the rate of infection in Fife is accelerating.
On the 11th November, the 7 day rate of infection in Fife, now under Tier 3 restrictions, was 130.9 per 100,000 population – up from 108.7 per 100,000 the previous week. The comparable figure for Dundee City, which has been in Tier 3 for several weeks, was 140.6 per 100,000 – up from 125.2 cases per 100,000 the week before.
On the 14th November, there were 53 cases in hospital in Fife (down 2 )and 7 cases in ITU (down 3); 53 cases in hospital in Tayside (down 4) and less than 5 cases in ITU.
During the week ending 7th November, 5 deaths of patients with coronavirus were recorded in Tayside. There have been no deaths in Fife since 22nd June
Data from Public Health Scotland’s Daily Dashboard show that as of the 11th November, the infection rates per 100,000 population in St Andrews Central remained above 100 per 100,000 population, most likely linked to the number of University student and staff cases (see below). Other St Andrews rates per 100,000 were: St Andrews South West: 75-99, St Andrews South East, <16, and St Andrews North and Strathkinness: 30-49. Local hotspots (>100 per 100,000), include Newburgh and Largo.
According to the latest update by St Andrews University on the 12th November, there were 11 active cases, 9 students and 2 members of staff, bringing the total since 1st September to 96. Thirteen students had been diagnosed since the previous update on the 5th November, most of whom were students who had returned home for the independent learning week. In the absence of routine testing, these figures are certain to be an underestimate of the prevalence of the virus given the absence of routine testing.
Amongst confirmed cases in Scotland, there were 167 between the 7th and 13th November, up from 107 in the previous week.
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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.
Picture: Electron microscope view of SARS-Cov-2 (Covid-19)