The BBC continues to report infection levels to suggest surges are essentially similar in all four nations when the facts tell a story which exposes the performance of only one of the four administrations:
There has apparently been a huge surge in England and in Northern Ireland to levels nearly 50% higher than for Scotland in the same period. The BBC headline seems to use the figures for England.
Imagine this was inverted and Scotland was recording infection levels 50% higher than in other parts of the UK. The Scottish public would have a right to know but apparently the English public do not. Scottish ministers would have been ‘door-stepped’ and pictured under headlines with the numbers but Johnson and Hancock are not troubled.
The figures today are quite a shock after suggestions, only days ago, from the ONS, repeated several times by the BBC that: infections may be leveling-off following the steep increases seen in August and September.