Covid 6th August; downward trend paused

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During the week ending 5th August, reported cases in St Andrews rose from 13 to 25 (18 in SW St Andrews) and, in Fife overall, from 542 to 582 during the same period.

Covid-19 infection rates in the St Andrews neighbourhoods, per 100,000 population were: Central: 63 (3 cases), South West 413 (18 cases), North and Strathkinness 56 (3 cases); the virus was supressed (0-2) in SE St Andrews.

The population-based Fife Covid infection rate figure (3rd August) was 154 per 100,000 (142 a week before). However, because of the time lag between diagnosis and hospitalisation, hospital Covid admissions continue: 28 in hospital in Fife on the 3rd vs 44 a week previously. Nevertheless, there are still less than 5 patients in intensive care (there have been <5 since 17th February).

The latest update by St Andrews University on the 6th August reported 5 new case of Covid-19 during the previous week (5 thee week before) – 2 staff and 3 students. 5 staff and 7 students were self-isolating during the week. The total number of cases (students plus staff) since 1st September 2020 is 355.

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:

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.

Picture: Coronavirus particles under the electron microscope

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