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Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 28 May 2020

Published: 2 Jun 2020
Date of meeting: 28 May 2020

A note of the eighteenth meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on Thursday 28 May 2020.

2 Jun 2020
Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 28 May 2020

Items and actions

The Advisory Group discussed the latest evidence from SAGE, including:

  • the latest data on R, noting that there is not a great deal of room for manoeuvre at the current level
  • occupations with higher levels of social contact and the greater risk these present. The group noted a degree of overlap between these occupations and groups that experience greater socio-economic deprivation

The Advisory Group discussed the outbreak in care homes, which was acknowledged to have been extremely challenging. The group noted that deaths are now decreasing but that the risk to this group remains high, with a risk of death for elderly people significantly higher than for the young. It was noted that this risk must be balanced against the harms for this group of measures introduced to reduce transmission risk such as restrictions on visitors. 

The group discussed the work of the data task force, noting that work was progressing on both developing the data infrastructure and data feeds on key indicators to provide an early warning system of any increases in transmission as restrictions change.