Covid update Fife & Tayside 04.02.21; downward trend continues

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Over the 7 days  to the 4th February, 239 further cases were diagnosed in Fife (see graph below) compared with 288 the week before.

As of the 1st February, the 7 day rate of infection per 100,000 for Fife was 80.6,  down from 95 the previous week. In Dundee, the rate was  128.1, down from 131.9 per 100,000 the previous week.

On the 4th February, there were 98 cases in hospital in Fife (down 10 over 7 days) and  less than 5 cases in intensive care (down 1 compared to a week earlier); 103 cases  in hospital in Tayside (down 15 over 7 days) and  9 cases in intensive care (up 3 compared to a week earlier).

Data from Public Health Scotland’s Daily Dashboard show that as of the 1st February (the latest update available), the 7 day infection rate per 100,000 population in Scotland was 128.1 per 100,000, down from 159.4 a week before.  Of the four St Andrews neighbourhoods, only in St Andrews North and Strathkinness, where the rate was  55.7 per 100,000, was the virus not supressed (0-2 per 100,000). The virus was also supressed in a number of nearby neighbourhoods, with the exception of Cupar Central (124 per 100.000) and Largo (136 per100,000).

In the week ending 27th January, there were 8 recorded deaths in Fife and 18 in Tayside.

The latest update by St Andrews University on the 4th February reported  3 new case of Covid-19 since the 28th January:  2 students and 1 member of staff, bringing the total  since 1st September to 134.

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.

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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: health worker prepares to enter Covid ward (courtesy of Creative Commons)

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