Infection levels across the UK surged over the last 7 days to between two and seven times the level in Scotland. The level in England is now nearly three times higher.
The death rate tends to lag behind the infection levels but already is significantly higher across the UK than in Scotland.
The trend in England and Wales is worryingly upward and fairly flat in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Increases in Scotland over the last two days cannot as yet indicate a trend. Should the increase continue over 5 to 7 days, it might do so, further justifying the move to Level 4 on Boxing Day.