July UK death toll 27 times higher per head of population than in Scotland

Though the UK’s late lock-down and wrong-headed advice from SAGE led to Scotland suffering a comparably high death toll in the first phase of the outbreak, the statistics have been diverging since the Scottish Government took complete control.

The accumulated rate per million population in Scotland is now 456 while the UK figure is 688 and in England it is 735: https://www.travellingtabby.com/uk-coronavirus-tracker/

What matters most now is the recent past and the evidence it offers for planning our future.

In the last 30 days (to 30 July), there were only 6 deaths confirmed by a test in Scotland: https://www.travellingtabby.com/scotland-coronavirus-tracker/

Readers will know that accessing England-only data is not easy. The preference of the UK Government, abetted by the UK media, for UK data only, to be presented is one of the more obvious forms of propaganda today, protecting the UK Government from full awareness and likely anger in the people of England.

Monthly data for covid-19 deaths, also seems unavailable, so I had to do it manually, so to speak, from: https://www.travellingtabby.com/uk-coronavirus-tracker/

In the last 30 days, there were 2 268 deaths confirmed by a test across the UK

The UK has 12 times the population as Scotland so had the lock-down been as successful, the death rate might have been around 84. It was 2 268, 27 times higher!

3 thoughts on “July UK death toll 27 times higher per head of population than in Scotland”

    1. John Bye
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      Claim: “we have been able to contact over 200,000 people”

      Reality: this includes 140,000 contacts reached by local public health teams handling “complex” cases, where a single phone call to (for example) a care home can counts as “reaching” everyone there.

      Claim: “we have delivered 15.4 million tests”

      Reality: they might have been delivered, but 4.1 million of these tests have never actually been used and .. er .. tested.

      And we don’t know what happened to them. Lost, faulty, thrown away, sitting on a shelf somewhere?

      Claim: “our model is designed to be driven by scientific and operational expertise”

      Reality: the system was thrown together by Serco in a few weeks, and the government repeatedly ignored offers of help and training from experienced public health directors.

      Claim: “our model is designed to be local by default… We will work with local authorities and other community partners”

      Reality: it took several weeks of nagging before the government provided local authorities with (most of) the data they needed.

      Claim: “our model is designed to be inclusive and tailored to the needs of diverse users”

      Reality: the national team seems to have trouble reaching anyone who doesn’t speak English. As a result their success rate is worst in hard hit areas with large ethnic minority populations.


      1. And, with regard to the final paragraph, Johnson has blamed people in the BAME groups. He is claiming they are refusing to follow guidelines.


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