Covid-19 update: uptick in Fife cases

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Over the 7 days  to the 18th February, 227 further cases were diagnosed in Fife (see graph below) compared with158 the week before.

As of the 15th February, the 7 day rate of infection per 100,000 for Fife was 60.5,  up from 57.6 the previous week. In Dundee, the rate was  36.8, down from 87.7 per 100,000 the previous week.

Data from Public Health Scotland’s Daily Dashboard show that as of the 15th February (the latest update available), the 7 day infection rate per 100,000 population in Scotland was 101.5  per 100,000, down from 111.5 a week before.  In all but St Andrews South East (7 day rate 72.2 per 100,000),  the virus  is supressed (0-2 per 100,000). The virus was also supressed most nearby neighbourhoods, with the exception of Balmullo and Gauldry (81.2 per 100.000), and Newborough (103.9 per 100,0000). The highest rates in Fife  (7 day rate 200-399 per 100,000) were in Kirkcaldy and Hill of Beath.

On the 18th February, there were 66 cases in hospital in Fife (down 19 over 7 days) and  5 cases in intensive care (<5 the week before); 39 cases  in hospital in Tayside (down 23 over 7 days) and  less than 5 cases cases in intensive care (no change compared to a week earlier).

In the week ending 18th February, there was 1 recorded death in  Fife and 10 in Tayside.

The latest update by St Andrews University on the 18th February reported  2 new cases of Covid-19 since the 11th February, 1 member of staff and 1 student, bringing the total  (students plus staff) since 1st September to 138.

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