As England charges toward ever-greater relaxation of the their lock-down measures, the evidence does not seem to be there to back up the decision.

First there are the death and infection rates. The 7 day average for Scotland is currently 2. whereas it is around 120 in England. Per capita, the rate in England is nearly 6 times higher.

Infection rates are closer, with 26 yesterday in Scotland and 324 in England but that still makes the rate in England around 25% higher.

Add to these data the outbreaks in meat packing plants and the R number solid at 1.0 or above in nearly all English regions, compared to 0.6 – 0.8 in Scotland.

In the light of the above, it’s hard to see why the UK Government is so determined to go faster than Scotland.

Perhaps Jackson Carlaw can explain?