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Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 6 April 2020

Published: 8 Apr 2020
Date of meeting: 6 Apr 2020

A note of the fourth meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on Monday 6 April.

8 Apr 2020
Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 6 April 2020

Items and actions

The Chair welcomed input from members on their ongoing research. Members Topics discussed included testing and ongoing development of pandemic modelling at the Scotland level, based on modelling from SAGE and increasingly including observed data as the pandemic progresses in Scotland. 

The Advisory Group reiterated the importance of ensuring the smooth flow of data between Scotland and the UK. Group members were able to question modellers on the inputs that feed into their models. The group welcomed the expressions of interest from modellers in Scotland and discussed how these could best be leveraged. 

The group discussed current UK advisory group priorities including testing strategies and how they relate to overall pandemic response; options for exit from current restrictions; and managing nosocomioal infection.  The group added that consideration of the potential role of contact tracing and case isolation at an appropriate stage of the pandemic is also important.  

The group discussed the data taskforce and the manner in which it can be supported to be ensure it can provide the government with the most accurate information to feed into its policy development. The group agreed on the importance of taking a strategic approach to Scotland’s data infrastructure in the short, medium, and long term.