Yes but what does it mean?

The Herald announces:

A further 24 coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in the last 24 hours in Scotland.

Daily figures released from the Scottish government revealed the deaths from the virus, pushing the death toll to 2,843 ​​​​​.

In the last day, 1101 people tested positive for the virus.

Of the new cases, 374 were in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 317 in Lanarkshire, 121 in Lothian and 84 in Ayrshire and Arran.

As of midnight last night, 1149 were in hospital, with 80 in intensive care.

The Herald never tires of telling us:

There’s little quality in the above.

What’s happening? Are things getting worse or improving? Should those figures encourage us to doubt the Scottish Government strategy or to take heart in its effectiveness and keep going in hope?


You’d never know, but it’s good news. The 7 day average for new infections has fallen for the first time, and by 16% in the last week.

Hospital and ICU admissions have plateaued. They seem unlikely to be overwhelmed.

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13 thoughts on “Yes but what does it mean?”




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  2. Yes even on the BBC we have a grudging admission from their colonial correspondent in Scotland that in the face of a pandemic running out of control in England cases in Scotland have ‘levelled off’. Not of course as we know it has steadily improved but ‘levelled off’ is I guess the closest the BBC will get to giving the Scot Gov some credit. Nonetheless while of course we won’t be smug about it (just a little) the danger signs are still there and I will be first to say we should extend Nicola’s pleas by closing the border this time round.

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    1. The border really must be closed as of now, I can tell you again, festival flats, and air b&b and big houses normally empty because their owners live abroad or god knows where, were all fully occupied as soon as UK lockdown started in March. They will dod the same again in their droves,
      to escape seriuos lockdown for a month(!) in England. The rich use Scotland as their bolt hole, second homes galore now and, I have never seen so many properties for sale one day, sold the next, and yes most are being bought by well off English folk as I overheard some talking yesterday who had just bought a hoose for £1.5mln.

      Scotland close your border now, not next week or weeks after the horse has literally bolted.
      Ps sorry I am not anti Eng. I am originally Eng, but the sense of entitlement and don’t care if we potentially spread the virus into Scotland
      is what I find abhorrent.

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  3. O/T a bit:

    Independent SAGE Report 19, published on 16 October, states:

    “The Treasury reports that £10 billion has been budgeted for the existing track and trace system to date. We are concerned that much of this budget is not being used effectively. With this budget, the government could have provided £1 million to every UK general practice and £10 million to every top tier-local health authority.”

    And on England’s find, test, trace, isolate and support (FTTIS) system, it states: ““Who is in charge?”, asked our Nobel laureate Sir Paul Nurse in several media interviews earlier this year. The answer for FTTIS is Baroness Dido Harding and her 15 advisers, in what is now the most important boardroom in the UK. Thousands of lives, jobs, businesses, and pensions, as well as the NHS, now depend upon their decisions. Yet the board has no director of public health, no data scientist, GP or nurse, no social or behavioural scientist, community mobilisation expert, virologist, local politician or NHS logistician.”

    Click to access New-FTTIS-System-final-06.50.pdf

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  4. The Herald. Today in the Herald Magazine Joanna Blythman’s column is a despicable disgrace. She accuses the SG of deliberately trying to ruin Scotland’s food and drink sector. This is of a piece with another accusation that has been appearing in the pages of the Herald in the last week or so – namely that the SG is anti-alcohol and is using the pandemic to shut down pubs etc.

    Quite unbelievable given how much the SG has done since it came into office in 2007 to promote the food and drink sector in Scotland. For example, opening trade hubs in Paris, Brussels and Berlin to help companies export to the EU. That it has been successful can be seen in the increasing value of exports to the EU.

    As to the Herald and its ilk here is how a quality paper keeps its readership informed:

    A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air

    From Ann’s links on


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    1. Wouldn’t normally read The Herald but have just read this article by Joanna Blythman. It takes a lot to ‘shock’ me nowadays but the content and tone this piece is completely unwarranted – more, it is appalling!

      Ms Blythman use of the name of the late Andrew Fairlie in the following way is candidly, beyond the pale: the author and the editor of this rag should be ashamed – but of course they won’t be!

      Ms Blythman writes: “If Andrew was still with us now, I suspect he’d be in deep despair over the damage currently being done to the precious food culture he so signally fostered and so highly valued.”

      How will Blythman and The Herald pivot now to address the national lockdown in England? How is Blythman going to compare ad contrast what she sees as the SG’s actions to ruin the food and drink industry in Scotland with the actions by government in France, Spain, Germany, Ireland etc that necessarily also affect the food & drink industry?

      For those that may not be familiar with him: Andrew Fairlie was the head chef of the eponymous Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, an independent business within the Gleneagles Hotel. He died tragically in 2019 at the young age of 55. In 2014, Andrew declared his support for Scottish independence. He was a member of the Yes Scotland’s campaign advisory board. (Source: Wkipedia)

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      1. stewartb
        As I said her article was a despicable disgrace.

        It will be interesting to see if there is any response to that article. I don’t think it is online

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  5. Yesterday the Herod was whining—- Sturgeon—

    Tomorrow? The Herod will be whining—

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    1. stewartb
      Thanks. I just had a quick look early yesterday and could not see it. On a Saturday we get the actual paper so had read it in the magazine. The Herald has a habit of drip-feeding articles from the paper edition onto their online edition. Thus giving the appearance of ‘new’ content. They also have a tendency to change the headline on articles brought over from the paper edition.


  6. J. Blythman worried about losing pecks and salary. Retail food and drink sales are up 20%. Profits up. Food and drink is still being sold. People are making it themselves. Scottish food and drink still being produced on the up. Change in strategy.

    Restaurants are getting loans etc to tide them over. Restaurants opening and following rules and guidelines are fully booked. People cannot get bookings. Social distancing limits booking but restaurants are full. Takeaways are much busier. Many Restaurants/cafes are doing take away.


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