Covid-19 update Fife and Tayside 20th November; rate in Fife may be slowing

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Over the 7 days up to the 20th November, 463 further cases were diagnosed in Fife and 438  in Tayside. This compares with 519 in Fife and 444 in Tayside over the previous week and demonstrates that the rate of infection in Fife may be slowing.

On the 17th November, the 7 day rate of infection in Fife, now under Tier 3 restrictions, was 140.5  per 100,000 population – up from 130 per 100,000 the previous week.

On the 20th November, there were 54  cases in hospital in Fife (down 2 over 7 days) and 7 cases in ITU (up 2); 80 cases  in hospital in Tayside (up 27 over 7 days) and  less than 5 cases in ITU (no change).

During the week ending 19th November, 3  deaths of patients with coronavirus were recorded in Tayside and 3 in Fife.

Data from Public Health Scotland’s Daily Dashboard show that as of the 17th November, the infection rates per 100,000 population in St Andrews Central had fallen to 75-99 per 100,000 population. Other St Andrews rates per 100,000 were: St Andrews South West: 50-74 (down), St Andrews South East, <15 (no change) and St Andrews North and Strathkinness: 30-49 (no change). There are currently no hotspots (>100 per 100,000), in NE Fife.

According to the latest update by St Andrews University on the 19th November, seven students had been diagnosed since the previous update on the 12th November bringing the total  since 1st September to 105. There were 11 active cases, all students . 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  124 deaths between the 13th and 19th November, down from 167 in the previous week.

For Scottish Government news go to https://news.gov.scot/.for the latest Scottish coronavirus figures go to: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ 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: 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)

 

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