Scotland’s ‘biggest virus case rise’ is still only one quarter of that in England

BBC Scotland yesterday headlined the above and opened with:

Scotland has seen the biggest daily rise in new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in almost a month. The Scottish government said 21 cases had been detected in the last 24 hours – eight of them within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. It is the biggest daily increase since 21 June.

As often before, true but lacking context to help you understand what it means. For example, what was the rate for England in the same period?

Strange, no sign of it there. Maybe the UK page?

No, but they do have the bad news for Scotland, again.

How many new cases there were in England remains concealed by Public Health England’s preference to publish UK figures:

On Saturday, a further 827 cases were reported. These included 21 in Scotland – the biggest daily rise in new cases there since 21 June.

There were 10 new cases in Wales, per capita, the same as in Scotland. Northern Ireland does not publish weekend statistics.

So, there were 796 new cases in England in the same period.

England has 10 times the population of Scotland, so if the rate was comparable, per capita, it would have been 210 but it was, in fact, almost 4 times higher.

4 thoughts on “Scotland’s ‘biggest virus case rise’ is still only one quarter of that in England”

  1. That same Scottish hype noted this morning on both the Scotland and UK front pages, nere a cheep on England’s figures even on the England page.
    This follows the same pattern from BBC throughout the pandemic, Scotland bad, England good look a squirrel.

    The politically directed blackout on England reporting part explains why so many in England tuned into the FM covid updates on YouTube, and why the media pack were sent in to aggressively attack and destroy, oblivious to the fact it was on the internet.
    When that tactic not only failed but backfired with rising approval ratings for NS across England as Johnson’s tumbled, they reverted to Turdo and Jackatory to pontificate the Covid updates were cover for a party political broadcast, to the amusement and bemusement of all and sundry.

    With Scotland glaringly ahead in their handling of Covid, and the blame-game in England gathering pace, the spin machine is desperate for any mud to throw at SG which might for once stick…
    Perhaps a crack team of incontinent pigeons ? Pacific Quay may be able to advise…

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  2. Devi Sridhar tweeted this 12 hours ago.

    “Devi Sridhar
    Case #s increased in Scotland to 21. Testing has also increased- so best way to compare is with positivity (# of people testing positive/# of people tested). Still <1% which is in the good range of S.Korea & New Zealand. But, hard to maintain esp. with tourism & bars/pubs open."

    She has also been retweeting remarks about the success in keeping the virus down as a result of countries having aviation bans and border controls.

    And this.

    "Devi Sridhar
    Ireland can’t get to zero without N.Ireland which relies on Scotland pushing to zero which relies on England driving infections low which relies on Wales. The two islands need to cooperate bc they either all win together or all lose together. None can go it alone & keep #s low.
    Quote Tweet

    Gabriel Scally
    · Jul 18
    12 new cases of #COVID19 arrive in New Zealand every week. But they retain their Zero Covid status by excellent quarantine and have a ‘stamp it out’ plan to deal with any cases that slip through. Britain and Ireland should look and learn.;


  3. It’s nice to have some things you can rely on in life. However, it’s also true to say that there are lots of things you can rely on, but they’re negative and harmful and you’d far rather not be able to rely on them.
    Right in the overlap between the two sits the English Propaganda Corporation’s Glasgow Outpost along with their colleagues at STV with other broadcast media and of course the propagandists in the print medium.
    We can predict with a high degree of confidence that they will use anything they can out of context and with sundry inferences and sketchy implications to undermine Scotland at every turn, day in and day out.


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