In the midst of inevitably worrying and upsetting information, the FM, in a show of real leadership, offered us something to be optimistic about saying:
Let me again say that these figures for hospital admissions and admissions to intensive care are really encouraging and there are a cause for optimism, still cautious optimism, but optimism nevertheless.
She then reminded us that we, all of us, have an important part to play:
The final point I want to acknowledge is that listening to numbers like this is really horrible – reporting these numbers is really horrible, certainly the most difficult experience I’ve had as First Minister. And I know listening to this might leave you with a feeling of powerlessness as well as an acute and deep feeling of sadness. But I want to stress again that none of us are powerless, we all have some power against this virus. By following the rules, by staying home and by self-isolating when we have symptoms, we are all making a difference.
Still restrained but again offering some hope:
But the other statistics I’m reporting on daily right now, particularly on hospital and intensive care admissions, do show that we are making progress – they are a source of optimism – and soon I hope a fall in the numbers of people dying will show that progress too.
BBC Scotland scraped the more encouraging words off and gave just this grudging little comment:
Both of these figures have been falling in recent days, which Ms Sturgeon said was “a cause for cautious optimism”. However, she warned that “even a very small easing up” in restrictions and social distancing “could throw all of that progress into reverse”.
How much worse will those who only had the BBC report to go on, feel?
Much was made again of the deaths in care homes. Yesterday the FM was accused, by BBC and Sky reporters of having delayed acting to save lives and today STV News joined in. The answer had already been given in the FM’s presentation when she reminded us:
‘Clear guidance on isolation in care homes has been in place now for some time and it is of course the duty of providers of care homes to make sure that guidance is followed.’
This point is conveniently left out by BBC Scotland. The word ‘duty’ makes no appearance.
When academic researchers look back, I feel sure we will find the care home owners complicit in mass deaths and the Scottish Government recognised for spending taxpayer’s money to rescue patients and workers from the worst that might have happened otherwise.