In the Herald yesterday, McArdle, uncharacteristically refers to the FM without crticism:

The number of ‘extra’ deaths from any cause since the Covid outbreak began is a fifth lower in Scotland than in England and Wales. The discrepancy in excess death rates was highlighted by Nicola Sturgeon as she was asked during the daily briefing “why the percentage of deaths in care homes is so much higher” in Scotland than south of the Border.

It’s a victory of sorts but a small one in the light of the ‘extra’ deaths, as she puts it, to help the slower readers (?), from the European mortality monitoring activity which suggest a more dramatic contrast:

England’s excess death rate nearly THREE times higher than in Scotland

https://www.euromomo.eu/graphs-and-maps

More at:

https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2020/05/08/englands-excess-death-rate-nearly-three-times-higher-than-in-scotland/