Despite Leicester, and the FT’s true statistics, the Guardian today, still tries to tell us that Wales is the most infected part of the UK and that Scotland and Northern Ireland are the same as most of England.
The Public Health England statistics for Leicester were just 80 new cases in the period 13-26 June, yet they were told to lock-down. You can understand their confusion. Of course, Westminster knew the truth was 944 cases but had been keen to conceal the true figures for the whole of England, knowing they were far worse than those published, and released to international comparison agencies and used by Scottish Tory MSPs and councillors to suggest infection rates are higher there.
Unlike the authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the authorities in England have only been publishing the data from hospital testing, or ‘pillar 1’ tests. ‘Pillar 2’ tests, ‘testing in the community’ including those done in private labs drive-through testing facilities and by the military may be much higher. See this for Leicester:
So even if other English areas are less infected than Leicester we still have good reason to think much of England should be shaded a darker red than Wales in that map.
We’ll find out soon how many of the Gretna cluster are in England and how many are in Scotland.