During the week ending 10th September, there were 3174 Covid positive cases in Fife, up from 2789 a week earlier, the highest number recorded since the start of the pandemic. Cases in St Andrews remain relatively low, with 37 recorded in the same week.
On the 9th September, Covid-19 infection rates in the St Andrews neighbourhoods, per 100,000 population were: Central: 125 (8 cases), South West 161 (7 cases); SE St Andrews 361 (15 cases) and 130 (7 cases) in North and Strathkinness. However, in nearby Leuchars and Guardbridge, the rate was 1178 per 100,000 (49 cases) the highest ever recorded in NE Fife.
The population-based Fife Covid infection rate figure (9th September) was 792 per 100,000 (371 two weeks ago), close to the Scottish average. Hospital Covid admissions continue: 44 in hospital in Fife on the 10th vs 25 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 9th September, the University of St Andrews reported 16 new cases during the previous week, 3 staff and 13 students. 10 staff and 18 students were self-isolating after being in contact with a positive case during the week ending 9th September. The total number of cases (students plus staff) since 31st August 2020 is 423.
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)