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In the Herald last night:

THE daily death rate due to coronavirus has hit a record level.Eight have died in Scotland from Covid-19 – the highest number in one day since the outbreak -bringing the total number to 33.

You can sense their excitement at a ‘record level’ to headline and it is a record level of deaths but not a record level death rate. Being pedantic can be tiresome, I’ll admit, but sometimes the target of the correction just deserves it.

The crude number of deaths is not a rate but the rate of deaths as a percentage of cases is. Unfortunately for the Herald it was 3.2% on Wednesday past and only 3.1% last night.