I don’t think there is a statistic I’ve been hoping for more.
Within the last hour the First Minister was able to announce:
244 of those deaths were registered over the last week. That is actually 35 fewer than in the week before and that is the first decrease in the weekly number of deaths that we have seen since the end of September.
Still far too many deaths and too soon to be over-optimistic but seven-day figures are quite a reliable sign of a trend so we can take a little comfort, at least.
The Scottish Government strategy begun now months ago with measures in Glasgow and the surrounding regions, is working.
As with the death rates, the infection level has fallen now for nearly 3 weeks, from a 7 day average of 1 202 new cases per day on the 7th to 974 yesterday.
Stick in, everyone.
Will BBC Scotland or the Herald use the same headline? Will they report this news?