Once more, another ‘Scottish’ health correspondent with their gaze directed away, reveals their ignorance.
In the Herald today:
AS parts of Scotland exit Level 4 restrictions tomorrow, it’s worth considering what these measures achieved – and how long any gains might last. Across Scotland, the average number of Covid cases being detected each day – at 691 – has returned to levels last seen in early October.
The writer correctly draws our attention to the fatal, literally, mistake made by the Labour Government in Wales to think that a two week ‘firebreak’ starting on 23rd October followed by a return to more relaxed rules on November 9th, would work.
The consequences have been awful:
The infection rate over the last 7 days in Wales, 3 660 per million, is more than three times higher than in Scotland, at 1 026 per million. The infection rate in Wales began to rise a few days after the end of their ‘firebreak’ and has since soared out of control.
The percentage testing positive is a staggering 17% compared to only 4.3% in Scotland. Over 5% according to WHO means out of control.
Notice Scotland’s steady fall in infection rates over the same period? It had actually begun to diverge from the trend in Wales much earlier:
From October 16th, the infection level in Scotland began to ‘plateau’ before beginning the current steady decline in early November.
Is it possible that the Scottish Government had learned itself, what to do, long before the dramatic reinforcement offered by Wales?
On the 7th October, Lothian, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley, Ayrshire & Arran and Greater Glasgow & Clyde were put into ‘temporary measures’ for 16 days before then having them mostly continued as ‘Level 4’ until 11th December but before that, action had been taken in the most affected areas.
On the 7th September, restrictions on meetings in indoor household settings were extended to people living in Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire. They had already been in place in Glasgow and Lanarkshire from the 2nd September.
And now, as 11 areas come out of Level 4, they enter Level 3, to howls of protest from pub owners platformed across our opposition media, does anyone paying attention to what is and has happened in Scotland, think the Scottish Government can learn much from looking at Wales?