Though the 8 additional deaths reported today are deeply upsetting, Scotland’s mortality rate remains ‘relatively low’ in a wider context and as described on Good Morning Scotland, nearly four weeks since the first recorded case in Dundee on 2nd March.

With 33 deaths from 1059 cases, the rate is 3.1%, up from 2.8% yesterday and similar to the rate on the day before, at 3.2%.

In Spain, in the last 24 hours, there were 769 deaths. Spain has 9 times the population of Scotland but nearly 100 times the coronavirus death rate. Hopefully we’ve seen the last of the outrageous prophecies from the Glasgow anaesthetist infecting all parts of BBC Scotland and the Herald.

The UK average is also up slightly from 4.8% yesterday to 5.2%, but as in Scotland, holding at roughly the same level for several days.

I appreciate that we have not peaked yet, but a degree of modest optimism combined with discipline is not a bad thing.

Footnote: There were more than 4 700 deaths from all causes, in Scotland in February 2020, around 150 a day.