Herald desperate for a shocking headline but wrong again as daily death RATE falls below that two days ago

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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.

3 thoughts on “Herald desperate for a shocking headline but wrong again as daily death RATE falls below that two days ago

  1. Since the word ‘how’ has been used, presumably the Herrod has evidence on the mechanism whereby this increase occurred. Have they been using testing to trace infections?

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