26th August; Covid cases sharply up

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During the week ending 26th August,  there were 1484 cases in Fife, up from 754 a week earlier, while those in St Andrews more than doubled to 61.

On the 23rd August, Covid-19 infection rates in the St Andrews neighbourhoods, per 100,000 population were: Central: 344 (22 cases), South West 275 (12 cases); 361 (15 cases) in SE St Andrews and 223 (12 cases) in North and Strathkinness.

The population-based Fife Covid infection rate figure (26th August) was 371 per 100,000 (197 two weeks ago) and in Scotland, 480 per 100,000. Hospital Covid admissions continue: 20 in hospital in Fife on the 26th vs 14 a week previously. Nevertheless, there are still less than 5 patients in intensive care (there have been <5 since 17th February).

In its latest update on the 26th August, the University of St Andrews reported 16  new cases during the previous week 4 staff and 12 students. 6 staff and 18 students were self-isolating during the week ending 26th August. The total number of cases (students plus staff) since 31st August 2020 is 386.

For Scottish Government news go to https://news.gov.scot/.for the latest Scottish coronavirus figures go to: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ 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: https://www.ft.com/coronavirus-latest

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: computer generated representation of COVID-19 virions (SARS-CoV-2) showing surface spike proteins under the electron microscope (Wikimedia Commons)

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