Scotland: 78% of Covid deaths, 64% of hospitalizations and 50% of new cases are fully vaccinated

The Covid-19 situation in Scotland seems to have deteriorated alarmingly since we last checked. For the most recent period reported, 78% of Covid-19 deaths were fully vaccinated, 64% of hospitalizations were fully vaccinated and 50% of new infections were fully vaccinated.

The information below comed from Public Health Scotland, and can be downloaded here.  The key charts from the report are reproduced below. We have excluded the partially vaccinated from the results for clarity.


Covid-19 deaths in Scotland – 78% are fully vaccinated:


Covid-19 hospitalizations in Scotland – 64% are fully vaccinated:


New Covid-19 cases in Scotland – 50% are fully vaccinated:


Underlying data from Public Health Scotland










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Israel: Hospital acquired infections despite full PPE, N-95 mask, face shield, gown and gloves

We have investigated a nosocomial COVID-19 outbreak involving the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant among a highly vaccinated population. The attack rate among exposed individuals reached 23.3% in patients and 10.3% in staff, with 96.2% vaccination rate among exposed individuals. Moreover, several transmissions probably occurred between two individuals both wearing surgical masks, and in one instance using full PPE, including N-95 mask, face shield, gown and gloves.

Although reports of breakthrough infections are increasing, this communication emphasises several points. It challenges the assumption that high universal vaccination rates will lead to herd immunity and prevent COVID-19 outbreaks. This was probably true for the wild-type SARS-CoV-2 virus, but in the outbreak described here, 96.2% of the exposed population was vaccinated. Infection advanced rapidly (many cases became symptomatic within 2 days of exposure), and viral load was high. report: Nosocomial outbreak caused by the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant in a highly vaccinated population, Israel, July 2021




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New York: 66,200 vaccine breakthrough cases, 5,604 hospitalizations

New York’s overall vaccine breakthrough case count had reached about 66,200, including 5,604 hospitalizations, newly reported state numbers show.

Earlier in the year, between early May and July 25, 2021, the number of COVID-19 infections among fully vaccinated New Yorkers totalled 9,675, with 1,271 hospitalizations. report




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Cornell University: 95% Covid vaccinated, 322 infections in one week

Cornell University, which has a population of around 40,000 and a 95% Covid-19 vaccination rate, was declared a “yellow zone” after their first week of classes because 322 people there tested positive for the coronavirus during the opening “surveillance testing.”  

During the first week of classes this year, 95% of those tested had both COVID shots. However, last year during the same period, before the rollout of the experimental medical products, five times fewer positive coronavirus cases were recorded. report



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China: man tests positive after 3 weeks in quarantine and 9 negative Covid tests

A man who completed 21 days of mandatory quarantine upon returning to China from overseas has been identified as the likely source of a new Covid outbreak.  The man underwent 14 days of compulsory hotel quarantine, another 7 days in centralized quarantine and then a further week of health monitoring. He had tested negative for the virus nine times during 21 days of quarantine, before testing positive 37 days after entering China.

Putian’s locally-transmitted epidemic mainly has two chains of transmission – the one relating to Putou Primary School and one relating to Xiesheng shoe-making factory. The total infections from the school increased to at least 15 and at least 10 other infections from the Xiesheng shoe-making factory as of press time.

Preliminary studies suggest the outbreak may be traced to father of a student at the school who recently returned to Putian from Singapore. The person surnamed Lin tested positive on September 10, 38 days after returning from Singapore on August 4, during which he took nine nucleic acid and serologic tests, which were all negative. report





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Taiwan: first case of Mu variant found is a vaccine breakthrough case

Taiwan announced its first confirmed case of the Mu variant of COVID-19, a Taiwanese woman who had received two Pfizer vaccine doses in the U.S.  Taiwan’s first case of the Mu variant was originally diagnosed with COVID-19 on August 13th. The infected person is a Taiwanese woman in her 60s who had returned from the U.S. in early August.

She had received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in the U.S. on July 5th and the second on July 26th. When she returned to Taiwan on August 3rd, she did not report any symptoms, but a test administered at the airport revealed that she was positive for COVID, with a Ct value of 29.

Taiwan News Report


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USA: Texas sees coinfections with flu and Covid-19

The Nueces County Public Health District in Texas announced that the County has started seeing people who not only have COVID-19, but the flu as well. Health Director Annette Rodriguez said she got that information from a number of area doctors she has spoken with who said test results from their patients showed they had COVID-19 and the flu. “We will do something where we’re giving COVID vaccines probably at the same time that we’re giving flu vaccines,” Rodriguez said. report


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Malaysia: 18% vaccine breakthrough of cases in August 2021

About 17.8 per cent, or 68,629 of 385,542 new Covid-19 cases reported in Malaysia since August 12, were fully vaccinated.

The proportion of fully vaccinated people two weeks or longer after their second jab in two-dose regimens, or breakthrough infections, among total coronavirus cases rose from 12.6 per cent on August 12 to 23.9 per cent yesterday, 29th August 2021. report



Over 98% of all genome sequences in Malaysia are for the Delta variant





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Symptomatic Delta Covid infection rate far higher in fully vaccinated healthcare workers

“..our data suggest that vaccine effectiveness against any symptomatic disease is considerably lower against the delta variant and may wane over time since vaccination.”


NEJM correspondence – Resurgence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in a Highly Vaccinated Health System Workforce


** One of the longer-term worries we have had at is that the virus might decide to somehow target vaccinated people. Let’s hope that this report is not the first evidence of that. Ed.


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Alaska: 30% vaccine breakthrough in July 2021

“For people who were vaccinated more than 150 days ago, the vaccine effectiveness is about 73% against SARS CoV-2 infection. If you’re looking just at the delta variant, then (vaccine effectiveness) drops down to about 66%.” Alaska recorded 17 COVID deaths in July. Four of those people were fully vaccinated. Of COVID-19 cases requiring hospitalization in July, 19% of the patients were vaccinated. 




Alaska State Covid 19 COVID-19 Update – Hospitalizations, Deaths, and Vaccine Breakthrough Infections Report

Alaska State Press Release




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UK: 30% vaccine breakthrough rate reported by Covid App

According to ZOE COVID Study incidence figures, there are currently 51,961 new daily symptomatic cases of COVID in the UK on average, based on PCR and LFT test data from up to five days ago. This is up 19% from 43,693 new cases last week. It’s estimated there are currently 15,309 new daily symptomatic cases in fully vaccinated people in the UK, cases in this group have been rising steadily for the last week and now make up 29.4% of the total new daily cases 

Zoe Covid Study Report



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Preprint: Cryptic transmission of Delta AY.3 among fully vaccinated patients

Here we report cryptic transmission associated with high Delta variant viral load among vaccinated patients on an inpatient medical-surgical ward. These findings demonstrate transmission of Delta variant with high viral load between vaccinated inpatients, the continued efficacy of masking and vaccination for protecting healthcare personnel, and the potential need for post-admission surveillance to prevent cryptic Delta variant transmission.

Medrxiv preprint: Cryptic Transmission of the Delta Variant AY.3 Sublineage of SARS-CoV-2 among Fully Vaccinated Patients on an Inpatient Ward





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USA, Maryland: “I went to a party with 14 other vaccinated people; 11 of us got COVID”

I’m an epidemiologist at a major medical research university.  I had gone to a house party in Montgomery County. There were 15 adults there, all of us fully vaccinated. The next day, our host started to feel sick. The day after that, she tested positive for COVID-19. At this point, 11 of the 15 have tested positive for COVID.

Baltimore Sun report



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China: Sars-CoV-2 returns to Wuhan

Authorities in the Chinese city of Wuhan will begin testing its entire population, after a handful of positive coronavirus cases were detected there.  Wuhan has recorded seven locally transmitted cases – the first local infections in more than a year. report


Authorities in Wuhan on Tuesday said they would test its entire population for Covid-19 after the central Chinese city where the coronavirus emerged reported its first local infections in more than a year.  Authorities announced on Monday that seven locally transmitted infections had been found among migrant workers in the city, breaking a year-long streak without domestic cases after it squashed an initial outbreak with an unprecedented lockdown in early 2020.




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