Cases sharply up in St Andrews

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During the week ending 5th July, reported cases in St Andrews rose to 59, vs 37 a week ago.

Covid-19 infection rates in the St Andrews neighbourhoods, per 100,000 population  were: Central: 346 (24 cases) compared to141 per 100,000 / 9 cases a week ago, South West 403 (18 cases) compared with 230 per 100,000 /10 cases a week ago, South East 289 (12 cases) compared with 337 per 100,000 /14 cases a week ago and North and Strathkinness:  93  (5 cases) compared with 74 per 100,000 /4 cases a week ago. Fifteen of the 56 cases were University students and staff (see below). The total is up on the previous week.

In the 7 days ending on the 8th July, a further 1591 cases were reported in Fife, compared to 1531 a week earlier(see graph below).  The current  population based Fife figure is 456 per 100,000 (405 a week ago) compared with the rate for Scotland as a whole of 414 (387 per 100,000 a week ago).


On the 8th July , there were 21 cases in hospital in Fife compared with 8 a week earlier and  less than 5 cases in intensive care  (there have been <5 since 17th February). On the 6th July, there were 6 cases in intensive care in Tayside – up until the then  there had been less than 5 cases in ICU since the 16th February.

The latest update by St Andrews University on the 8th July reported 15 new case of Covid-19 during the previous week. 20 staff and 36 students were self-isolating during the week. The total(students plus staff) since 1st September 2020 is 325.

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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The BBC provides an excellent daily update of Covid-19 data at national Scottish and local authority level.

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.

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