Covid update Fife and Tayside 31st December: virus remains ‘supressed’ in St Andrews

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Data from Public Health Scotland’s Daily Dashboard show that as of the 28th  December (the latest update available), the infection rate per 100,000 population in all St Andrews neighbourhoods remained at 0-2 per 100,000 population for the 3rd week in a row and the virus officially designated ‘supressed’ – as was the case in the coastal wards of the East Neuk.  Leuchars and Guardbridge  had a 7 day infection rates of 50-99  per 100,000 (no change).

The overall rate of infection per 100,000 for Fife is 119.4 , marginally up from 115.6 the previous week.

Over the 7 days up to the 30th December, 465 further cases were diagnosed in Fife (see graph below) compared with 433 the week before.  In Tayside, the 7 day figure was 605 (no change compared with the previous week).

On the 30th December, there were 56  cases in hospital in Fife (up 14 over 7 days) and  less than 5 cases in intensive care (no change); 52 cases  in hospital in Tayside (down 15 over 7 days) and  less than 5 cases in intensive care (no change).

During the week ending  30th December, 6 deaths of patients with coronavirus were recorded  in Fife (down from 16 the previous week) and 7 (down from 12) in Tayside . Amongst confirmed cases in Scotland, there were  97 deaths  over the 7days to the 28th December, compared to 213  in the previous week.

The latest update by St Andrews University on the 17th December reported that 1 student and 1 member of staff had been diagnosed since the previous update on the 10th December, bringing the total  since 1st September to 121. There was  1 active case, a student.

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.

Picture: Electron microscope view of SARS-Cov-2 (Covid-19)


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