For the first time since September, the 7 day average trend for infections has fallen slightly, from 1 132 to 1 129. It’s probably better to call it flat but it is a positive sign
Without getting carried away, perhaps we can say that the restrictions on meetings in indoor household settings across Glasgow City, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire have not only slowed the increase but, in the last 7 days have flattened the curve even after the spikes on the university campuses.
This contrast with the figures for the UK as a whole which continue to climb from 14 972, seven days ago to 17 646 yesterday, a rise of 17.8% in only one week .
With ten times the population, England had more than 16 times the number of new cases and 72 times the number of deaths, yesterday.
The infection rate in Scotland was the lowest in the UK, yesterday:
This explains BBC Scotland’s fondness for the R number.