As with the contact tracing statistics (99.7%), the Scottish Government is obliged to wait until the statistics are shown to be reliable but in the preceding weeks or months the opposition parties and allies in the trade unions are regularly platformed (above) in Scotland’s NoMedia calling for the facts yesterday.

Today, the First Minister was in a position to reveal the facts about testing of those of school age. As with the contact tracing statistics, the results cast serious doubt on the media frenzy (above) as it we find that 97.7% of 17 500 tests came back negative ie not infected.

Here is the FM’s statement:

I want to say a word about recent testing numbers – and particularly, I hope this is helpful and gives you an insight into the testing of children and young people since schools returned recently.   We know that –  in recent weeks – the number of children and young people under the age of 17 who have been going for testing has increased significantly.  Last week alone, just short of 17,500 young people aged between 2–17 were tested. 

This is a very significant number but the key point I wanted to make and share with you today from that is this one, of those 17,500 young people who have been tested or who were tested last week alone, only 49 of them tested positive. That’s a positivity rate of just 0.3%.

I know and can well understand why many parents and teachers and young people themselves have concerns about the return to school.  Yes, we have had clusters of cases in some communities involving young people – but I think these figures reveal the bigger picture. Despite an increase of more than 300% in the number of young people that were tested from one week to the next, from the week before last to last week, the number of positive cases recorded increased by just 2. Not 2 percent. Just 2 cases in total. I think that is encouraging and I hope is reassuring to parents and teachers across the country. I hope it will encourage you to absolutely continue to be vigilant, we all have to be vigilant right now but not to be unduly concerned about young people in schools.