So, 13 days without one death confirmed, no new admissions into intensive care for three weeks now, and Dan goes for the 8 suspected deaths, some of whom had tested positive more than 28 days before, in the previous week, because the total passes a neat, rounded number.
Not only is the headline a cheap selection from the range of possible headline information, to try to alarm and to attract readers, but it is also inaccurate. The 4 200 represent the combined confirmed and suspected cases.
The ‘death toll‘ can only meaningfully refer to confirmed deaths but, of course, these have unhelpfully, for cub reporters, stalled for 13 days now. Maybe we’ll get one confirmed death soon and he can write:
Coronavirus death toll in Scotland rises above 2 491!