Covid update 8th April: Fall in Fife infection rate stalls

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In the 7 days ending on the 5th April, the overall infection rate in Fife was 43.3 per 100,000,  compared with 43.0 seven days earlier. The recorded Covid-19 infection rate in St Andrews North and Strathkinness was 241.4 per 100,000 population  (down from 389 a week earlier), whereas elsewhere in St Andrews the virus was suppressed (0-2 per 100. 000)  ). This high level of infection is associated with an outbreak of Covid-9 amongst students in the University, most of whom are in halls of residence on the North Haugh (see )

On the 8th April, there were no cases in hospital in Fife (down from 9 over 7 days) and  less than 5 cases in intensive care  (there have been none since 31st January); no cases  in hospital in Tayside (no change over 7 days) and  less than 5 cases cases in intensive care (none since 17th February).

The latest update by St Andrews University on the 8th April reported 20 new cases of Covid-19 since the 1st April, 19 students and 1 member of staff, bringing the total  (students plus staff) since 1st September 2020 to 214.

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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: clinical team member prepares to enter ICU (Creative Commons)


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