Record number of cases reported in St Andrews

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In the 7 days ending on the 4th January, 166 cases of Covid-19 were reported in St Andrews: 38 in the Central area , 50 in North and Strathkinness,  36 in South West St Andrews  and 42 in South East St Andrews. The highest concentration of cases was in South East St Andrews at 1031 per 100,000 population, followed by North and Strathkinness 896, South West 826, and Central 599.

The highest concentations of Covid-positive cases are in West Fife, in some areas exceeding 2000 per 100,000 population.

It is generally accepted that the reported number of cases underestimates the actual number of case by a factor of at least 2.

Although the link between infections and hospitalisation has been weakened numbers of cases requiring hospital admission are rising sharply and in the Fife Health Board area, they have reached their highest level since February 2021. Admissions to Intensive care remain low and in Fife there have been less than 5 people in intensive care for several weeks.

Since the peak of hospital admissions occurs some two weeks after infection, the full impact of mixing during the festive break may not yet have fully fed through into hospital admissions.

For Scottish Government news go to the latest Scottish coronavirus figures go to: 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:

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: Coronavirus particles viewed by an electron microscope

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