Sudent outbreak a quarter of all Fife cases

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In its latest update on the 11th November, the University of St Andrews reported 96 new cases during the previous week, 10 staff and 86 students. This is in spite of  97% of students haviing had  one dose of vaccine with 73%  fully protected with two doses, or having had received a single dose of a vaccine such as the Janssen vaccine, at the beginning of the semester.

There has been speculation that this spike is the result of student parties over Halloween.

On November 11th, eleven staff and 96 students were self-isolating after being in contact with a proven positive case during the week  and a further 3 staff and 60 students were self isolating while waiting for the PCR result of a suspected case. The total number of Covid positive cases (students plus staff) since 1st September 2021 is 221.

The rate of Covid infection in Central St Andrews on the 9th November, at 1236 per 100,000 population (79 cases) , is the highest recorded since the pandemic began The rates in other St Andrews neighbourhoods, per 100,000 population, were:  South West 413 (18 cases); SE St Andrews 182 (8 cases) and 501 (27 cases) in North and Strathkinness – giving  a grand total of 132 cases  for all neighbo a rhoods, the highest recorded.

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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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