From the Tusker’s Epidemiology Correspondent, Brenda Steele
|N Ireland||1 in 135|
|Scotland||1 in 155|
|Wales||1 in 165|
|England||1 in 80|
This picture was made from data in this publication: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/coronaviruscovid19infectionsurveypilot/20november2020
Do you notice anything different about the picture in this tweet?
This picture gives figures for all four component parts of the UK. When the UK publishes data, Wales Scotland and Ireland are shown separately by country but England is always broken down into regions – not as a whole country figure. That can be seen here https://www.travellingtabby.com/uk-coronavirus-tracker/
As the tweet says
Devolved Celtic countries have performed much better than Westminster.
Is that what this way of publishing data is designed to obscure?
Does Westminster want the devolved Governments to be seen as regions rather than countries or provinces?
It might not work that well here in the UK, but just take a look at this Reuters piece
Special Report: 50,000 COVID-19 deaths and rising. How Britain failed to stop the second wave
There is no mention anywhere of Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales at all
There is no mention that the devolved Governments had their own locally based test and Trace operations.
There is no mention that the devolved Governments had their own Apps.
Reuters is an International News Agency so that report is likely to appear in many newspapers worldwide.
Look again at the figures:
|N Ireland||1 in 135||no land border with the UK||Ferries to Scotland Wales England and England via IoM |
|Scotland||1 in 155||Scotland 96 miles (155 km)||1 Motorway [2*], 2 rail crossings , 25 roads |
|Wales||1 in 165||Wales 160 miles (260 km)||3 Motorways , 7 rail crossings , unknown number of roads|
|England||1 in 80|
It looks like the closer and more numerous the connections, the higher the rate of infections.
How much better off would we be if Scotland was Independent and could control the border and close it when necessary?
All Ferries including to Europe
*Note that the A74(M) and the A1(M) are not full motorway so strictly speaking Scotland has NO Motorway Crossings
 No official source. My calculations is 25 which I have seen matched by others.
Large stretches of the border are Kielder Forest Park and Northumberland National Park
Transport for Wales map – Rail