As creepy commentators desperate to hang on to Scotland’s traumatic start to the pandemic, more recent figures reveal a triumph for our people, all of our workers and our government.

In the above comparison of 14 ‘advanced’ nations with reasonably reliable data, Scotland is one of the least infected of all.

Only those small independent countries, not tied to a neighbour’s maniacal political leadership, Norway and Ireland have done better, but not significantly more so. With similar populations, they have 7 day averages of 6.7 and 10 cases per day compared to our 12.3. Scotland’s figure was recently around 7 or 8 before the Motherwell call centre outbreak, in a facility run by a global corporation on behalf of NHS England.

The graph above has a logarithmic scale so the numbers in the box are more useful for comparisons.

These are not per capita figures so it was possible that some of the larger countries might have rates closer to that in Scotland. However, some quick arithmetic shows that to be not the case except for Italy, with 10 times the population of Scotland but only 16 times the number of cases and Germany with 15 times the population and ‘only’ 33 times the case level.

Most of the larger countries have much larger case levels than Scotland per capita. England has 10 times the population but 43 times the case level. The USA has 60 times the population but more than 5 000 times as many cases per day.


When it comes to deaths, Scotland’s achievement is remarkable.

Northern Ireland has come close with the same 7 day average of 0.1 but based on a much smaller population and with the advantage of a sea barrier between it and England.

Ireland and Norway with similar populations have a death rate 3 times higher as do Germany with a population 15 times higher and a death rate 49 times higher and Spain, with a population 8.5 times higher and a death rate 23 times higher.

Things are much more dramatic, tragic, when we compare the deaths rates in England and the USA.

England has 10 times the population but 676 times the daily death level! The USA has 60 times the population but nearly 8 000 times as many deaths per day.

When can we expect our media to tell everyone the news?