In an excited rant, confused about the length of the pandemic, Peter Smith of ITV, comparing Scotland with Eastern Asian countries, says:
Ten months on here, we have higher numbers of deaths.
It’s just so ill-informed. See these graphs:
Though increasing slightly in the last month, the 7 day average Covid-19 mortality rate is and remains far lower than it was.
The more accurate deaths from all causes data show that, despite Covid-19, the overall mortality rate in Scotland is close to, often below that, historically.
For comparative purposes, the mortality rate from Covid-19 is currently far lower than in some parts of the UK:
Those Eastern Asian countries, mentioned by Smith, do have lower recent death rates but not by much. S Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Scotland all have less than 0.5 deaths per day on average but comparisons are difficult given the many cultural differences.