Opening with dramatic announcements from the leaders of Germany and France, Newsnight, proceeds to discuss the future for the UK ignorant of the fact that things are moving differently in Scotland.
As UK case numbers continue to surge are country-wide lockdowns inevitable across the UK?
So could we and would we follow stricter rules if necessary in a national lockdown?
Introduced with UK figures, two English academics attack the UK Government’s messaging and predict less than solid compliance with lock-down rules.
Meanwhile, in a land not that far away, things are already very different:
In Scotland, the infection level is falling and has done for nearly one week. The 7 day average too, which takes longer to react than the daily variation has fallen for the last 2 days.
Even in the most infected areas, subject to stricter measures for 6 weeks now, the infection level has been falling for 7 days:
North Lanarkshire, Scotland’s ‘hotspot’ now has a 7 day average of 134.9 cases per 100 000 compared to Salford at 602 or Bolton at 558 or Wigan at 676.
With infection levels in other parts of the UK between 30% and 90% higher and still rising in England & Wales, a nation-wide lock-down is neither necessary nor sensible here.