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Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 19 October 2020

Published: 27 Oct 2020
Date of meeting: 19 Oct 2020

A note of the thirty-fifth meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on 19 October 2020.

27 Oct 2020
Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 19 October 2020

Items and actions

The advisory group continued the discussion on mass testing from its previous meeting. The group heard about work underway to determine the role for technologies that are be able to process a greater number of tests but offer less sensitivity than current polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Some potential uses of these new technologies could include identifying new routes of transmission in areas with high prevalence. 

The group noted that testing and contact tracing are reliant on individuals self-isolating in order to prevent additional onward transmission. The group reiterated the importance of ensuring support is in place for individuals to self-isolate. 

Officials provided an overview to the advisory group on the latest plans for the introduction of a tiered system by the Scottish Government. The group was supportive of the introduction of tiers, noting that these should provide greater clarity to businesses and members of the public. 

The group discussed the proposed indicators that could feed into decision making, and the way analysis of these will be carried out.