19th September – past the peak

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During the week ending 17th September,  there were 2215 Covid positive cases in Fife, down from 3174 a week earlier – the highest number recorded since the start of the pandemic. However, cases in St Andrews have risen to 57 from 37 the previous week.

On the 16th September, Covid-19 infection rates in the St Andrews neighbourhoods, per 100,000 population were: Central: 141 (9 cases), South West 436 (19 cases); SE St Andrews 457 (19 cases) and 186 (10 cases) in North and Strathkinness. In nearby Leuchars and Guardbridge, the rate had fallen from 1178 per 100,000 (49 cases) a week ago to 577 per 100,000.

The population-based Fife Covid infection rate figure (16th September) was 598 per 100,000 (792 a week ago), but still above the Scottish average of 531 per 100,000. Hospital Covid admissions continue: 49 in hospital in Fife on the 16th vs 44 a week previously. For the first time in months, there were 5 patients in ICU, the first time time there have been more than 4 patients in intensive care since 17th February).

In its latest update on the 9th September (none since then at the time of writing), 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.


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