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#Covid Update 21st April 2022

Public Health Scotland has been unable to provide any statistics today on #Covid in Scotland ‘due to a technical issue’.

The water monitoring of the Kirkwall sewage system for traces of non-infective Covid-19 ribonucleic acid (RNA) continues to show concerning results.

Deaths in Scotland , Data from The National Records of Scotland

  • As of 17th April 2022, there have been a total of 14,332 deaths registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate.
  • In week 15 (11th April) there were 127 deaths involving COVID-19 (15 fewer than the previous week).
  • The provisional total number of all deaths registered in Scotland in week 15 of 2022 (11th to 17th April) was 1,044 (4% below the 5-year average) although this week contained a public holiday and many registration offices will have been closed.

People are reminded to:

  • get your vaccine when offered to ensure you are fully protected
  • open windows when socialising indoors
  • wear a face covering in indoor public places and on public transport
  • wash your hands to protect yourself
  • take a PCR test and isolate if you have symptoms
  • take an LFD test before visiting someone in a hospital or care home

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  1. Well, ‘technical’… one could suppose that this data collection in year 3 of the pandemic should be rather a routine operation and not be suffering glitches repeatedly. Anyway, comparing data we have, such as the above SEPA data and reported case numbers, there appears to be a mismatch between cases and prevalence in waste water, even if delays (for data verification & evaluation etc.) are being taken into consideration. Personally, I presume, the local infection numbers are far higher. Also, given the low reinfection numbers in Orkney (compared to other health boards) could indicate that in reality more of the cases might be reinfections but the first infection may not have been detected initially, hence not be known.
    At the national level: Am I the only one who has noticed the steep increase in Covid deaths over the last weeks? Numbers can easily be calculated/downloaded from the UK dahsboard (section 28day definition by date reported)…. recent daily: over Easter 482, the day after 508, and today 646. This will obviously include some ‘catching-up’ with numbers over Easter when registrars were closed, but still is high.
    My assumption is that this would be even worse if not slowly a seasonal effect would be creeping in.
    Nevertheless, no society should be ignoring the still high death toll and the public health burden this pandemic still poses.

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