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Scottish Government Covid-19 Advisory Group minutes: 7 September 2020

Published: 16 Sep 2020
Date of meeting: 7 Sep 2020

A note of the thirty-first meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on 7 September 2020.

16 Sep 2020
Scottish Government Covid-19 Advisory Group minutes: 7 September 2020

Items and actions

Officials conveyed that the Chief Medical Officer and Ministers continue to be grateful for the advice they receive from the advisory group. They also recognised the huge voluntary contribution of group members. Group members noted this and expressed their support for the group moving to fortnightly meetings.

Group members considered some draft topics for a Future Work Programme as part of a broader discussion of topics it will consider in the coming months. Group members agreed this would remain flexible to allow for urgent topics and new commissions for advice to also be considered. 

The group received a brief presentation on data from the EAVE study. Data from this study provides insights into changing patterns of the epidemic in Scotland. Further information on this study can be found on the Health Protection Scotland website. 

The group discussed the issue of adherence to Covid-19 guidance, which has been increasingly prominent in the media. Group members noted that compliance is not a homogenous issue and there are many reasons an individual might not comply with guidance. The group recognised the importance of dialogue with all population groups and the need to avoid looking to place blame on specific groups for the rising case numbers.

The group received updates on the work of the Education and Children’s Issues subgroup and the Public Health Threat Assessment Subgroup as well as the Testing and Nosocomial groups.