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Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 30 March 2020

Published: 1 Apr 2020
Date of meeting: 30 Mar 2020

A note of the second meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on Monday 30 March.

1 Apr 2020
Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 30 March 2020

Items and actions

Updates from the latest SAGE and SPI-M meetings were noted and the group agreed that all relevant data from Scotland should be shared as efficiently as possible with SAGE, under the principle of reciprocity agreed between SAGE and its advisory groups and the SG CMO Advisory Group.

The group agreed a data and evidence strategy with the key principles of not duplicating work or creating additional reporting burdens. There are likely to be three phases to decision making that will require different forms of data and evidence: short term, managing NHS capacity; medium term, considering evidence of lifting of interventions and impact on pandemic progression; long term, wider social and economic recovery.

The group agreed that it would be useful to see further evidence on rates of transmission in different settings and the infectiousness of different groups (eg children), in order to inform modelling. An evidence synthesis on these points will be produced.

Key principles of the UK government’s testing strategy were noted and the group agreed to discuss testing in more detail at the next meeting.

The group noted a Scottish Government funding call for research now open on the Chief Scientific Officer’s website.