Thanks to nancy689 for alerting me to this.

Lisa Summers last night:

I’ve got a couple of graphs to show where we are in Scotland. The first one is hospital deaths across the four nations and you can see that while it is still rising it’s not as steeply as it was a couple of weeks ago.

I don’t know where this graph comes from but, to be kind, it’s a bit sophisticated for a TV news broadcast and thus misleading. Summers doesn’t explain the left-hand axis with its logarithmic scale and, crucially, leaves it to misrepresent the differences in the covid-19 death rates.

The death rate statistics in England used in the above do not include the many deaths outside of hospitals while the Scottish ones used above do. They are not comparable.

Comparing the hospital death rates per capita, the line in the graph for England should rise to a point twice the height of that for Scotland.

If we’re using per capita figures, as we should to be meaningful, the line for Wales should also rise to a point twice the height of that for Scotland.

Is the aim here to suggest, wrongly, that the death rate in Scotland is the second-highest in the UK?

If we’re not using per capita figures but crude overall figures, as BBC Scotland is in the graph, then the line for England should rise to a point around twenty times the height of that for Scotland.