1 284 cases today 7 300 in one week in England and this is Scotland’s ‘trusted journalism?’

BBC Scotland have already been reprimanded by both the First Minister and by Professor Sridhar, for triggering anxiety in the phased return to school by irresponsibly associating two infected students with Bannerman High School when those students had not even visited the school campus.

Now the Herald headlines the above. The four students visited the schools only briefly and NHS Lanarkshire judged the risk to the wider school community to be low.

It should not be the purpose of our ‘quality’ media to create panic and to undermine a key government strategy in this way when at the same time they requested and received government finding to help them cope with loss of revenue dues to the pandemic and when they have the nerve to present themselves as somehow to be trusted.

Not only is this kind of reporting a potential cause of panic among parents and students but, also, it is wholly out of proportion on a day when Scotland’s 65 new cases were dwarved by the 1 284 in England and the 580 in neighbouring North -West England.

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8 thoughts on “1 284 cases today 7 300 in one week in England and this is Scotland’s ‘trusted journalism?’

  1. The points are well made. However, we mustn’t be blindsided by other journalistic sources.

    The following was written in today’s issue of Common Weal’s Source newsletter concerning Covid-19 clusters.

    ‘A cluster in Glasgow was identified on Wednesday, linked to a school in the east of the city.’

    See: https://c0mmonw3al.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=2421fcb1263b9530df88f7f002e78ea5.634&s=4e3d6eed91f17795705573e04c20cdd0

    I assume the school in question is Bannerman High School – could it be another, unnamed cluster cluster in Glasgow? The Source does not explain.

    Is there any evidence of the transmission having anything to do with the School premises – the Source does not explain. Were pupils even back at school when they became infected – the Source does not explain. What constitutes ‘a linkage’ – the Source does not explain. Why is Common Weal pursuing an approach to journalism of this kind – can anyone explain?

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  2. .just try looking at UK.Gov.corona daily dashboard
    A complete and utter disgrace and without doubt a attempt to disguise the
    Awful truth with regards the real state of the virus in England all under the guise of correcting the figs.for deaths in England
    Since the very beginning i have monitored the data and the last 2 days are nothing but a affront to science,rational,logic,statistical record keeping & honesty
    No detailed records yesterday
    But today in 2 days
    No of infections + 2869 no.
    No.of deaths down by 5348 no.

    This is a affront to all and demonstrates the depths to which our governance has sunk
    England in new infections is rapidly spinning out of control and the consequences shall befall all within the next 12 to 18 days
    They have no choice now but to Take it in on the Chin now along with resultant effects Upon Scotland
    Whack a mole is now about to become impossible
    This indeed the Sun Setting for a most terrible inglorious Empire
    And is undoubted KARMA


  3. The unholy mess that is the reporting of testing in England by PHE is unreported in MSM but not, fortunately, online.

    “Fionna O’Leary, 🕯@fascinatorfun

    29 Jul
    Replying to
    No doubt about it, the constant revisions both up & down, with no explanation & unlinked to the specific days to which the corrections apply make meaningful understanding of the test data highly problematic. Impossible.

    As does the absence of data of voids & unclears per pillar
    Fionna O’Leary, 🕯@fascinatorfun

    29 Jul
    2/ Further IN ADDITION, without the number of voids and unclears there were by each method (eg processed “sent out” kits; processed pillar 1, processed pillar 2 in person) it makes meaningful assessment of performance AND positivity rates impossible.”





    1. Robert Nugent
      I concur 100 %
      And they should be made aware of such
      And as just like The Poles who behaved in a similar fashion in their MSM
      Who upon Indy from the Soviets
      Found themselves in a position that none
      Whatsoever would employ them except for in the most menial and humiliating of tasks
      No self respecting peoples of any Nation
      Should ever be subjected to such abuse by fellow citizens and go unpunished
      To this very day in Poland such purveyors of this shameful muck are forcefully reminded daily of the filthy work conducted on behalf of their Colonial masters and for none other than their own personal gain
      And that is exactly why their punishment and loss must fit their hideous crimes
      No quarter,mercy,compassion or
      Magnanimity ever given no matter what
      Their infamous deeds committed to history as a lesson for all


  5. The ONS says there has been an increase in infection cases in England since the low point in June. The main points are:

    “An estimated 28,300 people (95% credible interval: 19,000 to 40,700) within the community population in England had the coronavirus (COVID-19) during the most recent week, from 3 to 9 August 2020, equating to around 1 in 1,900 individuals.

    There is some evidence of a small increase in the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 in July, following a low point in June, but this appears to have now levelled off.

    During the most recent week (3 to 9 August 2020), we estimate there were around 0.69 (95% credible interval: 0.42 to 1.08) new COVID-19 infections for every 10,000 people in the community population in England, equating to around 3,800 new cases per day (95% credible interval: 2,300 to 5,900).”

    Big difference again between the numbers modelled (which uses testing data) and the numbers actually found with testing.


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