During the week ending 19th November, 163 Covid positive cases were reported in St Andrews, with two neighbourhoods, North and Strathkinness and Central recording record high rates of 1151 and 954 cases respectively per hundred thousand population – the highest in Fife.
Much of this surge appears to be driven by infection rates in the student population and has been linked to a student charity ball at Kinkell Byre, just south of St Andrews. where some 2,000 Students from a dozen universities and all reportedly vaccinated, attended the sell-out Welly Ball, which included a black tie dinner and party, on Saturday 6 November – see BBC story here.
Weekly student / staff infections September 1st – November 11th:
Source: The Saint
In its latest update on the 18th November, the University of St Andrews reported 105 new cases during the previous week, 5 staff and 98 students. The total number of cases (students plus staff) since 1st September 2021 is 324.
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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.