He must know that neither of those statements is remotely accurate. They have researchers who know what the situation is and tell the politicians.
That being true, it must lead to the kind of internal conflicts which are seriously damaging for your mental health.
Scotland, tied to the 4 Nations ‘strategy’ for the early weeks as the virus surged through the population and into the care homes, was punished for that cooperation with a horrific spike in deaths. I don’t remember the Lib Dems telling us we should diverge from the policy in the rest of the UK.
But you see that word ‘currently?’
Scotland does not currently have the third worst Covid-19 mortality rate in Europe. See this:
Incidence of coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in the European Economic Area and the United Kingdom as of October 2, 2020, by country (per 100 000 people)
What is the rate for Scotland? It’s now 46.2 per 100 000 putting Scotland in 7th place.
In the last week the rate has climbed to 40 but for much of the summer it was below 10.
Why have we improved our position since the horrific news, from earlier in the pandemic, that Cole-Hamilton clings too? The buck stops with the First Minister.
As for releasing covid-positive patients into care homes, there is no evidence for that and more than one research study has implicated the over-use of agency staff: