While new infections each day are stubbornly high around 1 000, with the rate falling too slowly for comfort, new admissions to hospital have been falling steadily since a peak on the 25th October, more than 2 weeks ago.
This and the flattening of the ICU and death rates suggests the strategy is working and that the vulnerable are being protected, as we see the arrival of widespread vaccination on the horizon.
It also makes clear that NHS Scotland will cope as it did in the first wave.
Meanwhile, ‘our’ media choose to ramp up the panic with a highly selective, melodramatic, headlined reading of a letter from Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer England:
The letter is signed by the Scottish and Welsh CMOs but, unlike Whitty, neither has bothered to tweet it. The message is for NHS England.
The infection rate per 1 million, is nearly 70% higher in England than it is in Scotland.