In ‘Coronavirus in Scotland: Key figures and trends’, today, there is a great deal of information with 8 graphs and tables but not one mention of the encouraging news that for the first time since March, no deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. It’s not the end, we know that, but surely it’s worth a mention.
They do get round to it in a separate post but doesn’t the graph above, which they present, call out for a comment?
Instead we get:
The figures show that 2,415 patients in Scotland have died after a positive test for Covid-19, although the actual number of deaths is known to be far higher.
The actual cumulative number of infections will be far higher, as most people who have Covid-19 are not tested.
‘Far higher?’ There are numbers available. Why not just say what they are and let us judge if they are ‘far higher’ or just ‘higher?’
The over-75s are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 and more than half of all deaths from the virus in Scotland have now been in care homes.
This is wrong. Here are the official data:
46% of the deaths have been in care homes, 46% have been in hospitals with the remainder at home or in some other unspecified institution.
The coronavirus outbreak is creating a huge load on Scotland’s hospitals and its intensive care unit capacity.
That’s wrong too. See their own graph:
There are less than 40 patients in icu’s, down from 220, and:
A Scottish Intensive Care Society Audit Group (SICSAG) report shows there has been more than enough ICU beds to deal with the impact of the crisis. By the time the first positive case of COVID-19 in Scotland was confirmed, NHS Scotland health boards were working towards doubling ICU capacity. Boards now have the capability to provide 585 ICU beds, increased from 173, and continue to plan towards being able to quadruple capacity to more than 700 beds if required. Due to the extra beds, ICUs had the capacity to cope even at the peak of COVID-19 admissions in April.