Regular readers may remember Herald headline writers’ previous struggles with a desire for covid-19 cases to ‘soar’ when they are really stubbornly falling:

They’ve done it again with the one above from yesterday. I feel for them a bit this time. There were 313 new cases compared to only 200 the previous day but to soar you need to be in the air and ascending increasingly for a bit longer. The graph below helps:

See that dashed line showing the trend? The number of new cases has been falling for nearly two weeks now with just some variation from day to day, to confuse the mathematically challenged.


‘Scottish cases crawl past 11 000?’