October 15th; downward trend stalled

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During the week ending 15th October, 1492 Covid positive cases were reported in Fife, up from 1349 a week earlier. Cases in St Andrews were, at 24, marginally down on  the previous week .

On the 15th  October, Covid-19 infection rates in the St Andrews neighbourhoods, per 100,000 population, were: Central: 94 (6 cases), South West 230 (10 cases); SE St Andrews 72 (3cases) and 93 (5 cases) in North and Strathkinness.

The population-based Fife Covid infection rate figure (12th October) was 395 per 100,000, above the Scottish average of 310 per 100,000. The highest rate in Fife was in Newbrugh at 1005 per 100,000. Hospital Covid admissions were unchanded at 67 and there were less than 5 patients in ICU compared with 5 a week previouisly.

In its latest update on the 14th October, the University of St Andrews reported 9 new cases during the previous week, 6 staff and 3 students. 9 staff and 6 students were self-isolating after being in contact with a proven positive case during the week. The total number of cases (students plus staff) since 1st September 2021 is 79

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: COVID-19 virions (SARS-CoV-2) showing surface spike proteins under the electron microscope.

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