Bringing you the news where you live but not about where you live

The Herald’s health correspondent manages to develop a case for stricter, legally-enforced, lockdown in Scotland based on data from South Africa and South-east England and allegedly ‘woeful’ compliance ,despite evidence to the contrary, in Scotland, where the Herald is published and read, though by woeful numbers.

The ONS has just informed us that the infection level is falling, uniquely, in Scotland. There were fewer new cases yesterday than the day before and the 7-day average is only slightly up on the previous week. The infection rate in Scotland is currently far lower than in England or Wales. Why might that be?

In August, the Lancet reported far higher levels of confidence in the Scottish government than in the UK Government and found evidence that confidence in government leads to greater compliance. Over the pandemic, England has had 50% more infections per head of population. Why might that be?

Should a health correspondent in Scotland have some awareness of the situation here?

Quite Anglocentric in her thinking, she predicts another ‘March-style lengthy lockdown.’ I predict the Scottish Government will use the evidence as it emerges and stick with the current ‘levels’ model.

11 thoughts on “Bringing you the news where you live but not about where you live”

  1. Tabby Traveller has the percentvage of positive tests among those tested at 5.4% for the past 7 days and at 5.3% for 24 December.

    SG got it right about timing further restrictive measures. We should expect to see the percentage positivity rate decrease below 5%, the point at which the WHO judges whether the virus is or is not under control

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  2. Ahah!
    The “news in Scotland” is NOT about what happens here, but the message they want to give us. They did not build a shiny new bunker for Hi Jack in Edinburgh for fun. No, it is the centre of the Brit Nat spiders-web of lies, scare stories and propaganda. With hotlines to the Hootsmon, BBC Hootsmon, Herod, Torygraf, Daily Heil, Supress and all the rest of the colonial mejah! Pravda for North Brits.

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  3. WHY WHY WHY
    IS A NEWSPAPER OF VERY LONG STANDING
    IRRESPECTIVE OF ITS POLITICAL LEANINGS
    KEEP CHIPPING AWAY AT A GOVERNMENT
    VOTED BY A MAJORITY OF SCOTTISH PEOPLE
    TO RUN THE ECONOMY

    THIS IS DESPICABLE THAT THEY “CHOOSE”
    TO RUN A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN THAT DOES NOT
    STAND UP FOR THE LAND OF THEIR CITIZENS

    THEIR USED TO BE A GREAT EDITOR MR KEMP
    WHO ALWAYS RAN A FAIR ,JUST AND FACT BASED NEWS PAPER
    WHEN THIS PAPER WAS OWNED AND RUN BY SCOTTISH
    OWNERS

    THIS IS WHY SCOTS ARE VOTING TO LEAVE UK
    THEY ARE DISPIRITED WITH DISTANCE GOVERNING

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    1. Why do you always write in capitals. I find it uncomfortable, never bother reading it and have no idea what you wrote above. I guess there are quite a few others here who think likewise but are too polite to say

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      1. I do read RN’s comments, but all caps is a bit annoying, however, maybe they have a sight prob or are dyslexic? Who knows, but mostly his comments are good.

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  4. The message is relentless….Scotland is shite!
    We cannot be seen to be capable of anything without our Masters.

    300 years plus of this endless propaganda.

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  5. Poor London. Covid19 cases rising, test and tracing inadequate and a testing centre’s capacity reduced by covid infection.

    I have not had time to look at all the data here but it is plentiful.

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    1. In large part to do with extremely bad governance, hence, very bad direction/advice/rules etc…people partied a few weeks ago in London, even defying vague advice that it might be best not to go on as if there was no deadly virus!
      This is interesting in terms of what the message is and how effective. The EngGov seriously failed re this, they should not be in government at WM it’s quite scary.
      https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-12-voluntary-compulsory-evidence-anti-covid-policies.html

      The much more cautious and caring, but positive attitude and advice from the ScotGov has actually saved a lot of lives. Hope the Scottish border is closed for sure, otherwise that will all go to waste in a couple of weeks time. Are airports still open to passengers?

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    2. Nowhere would those graphs be interpreted with other than abject horror. The marker for “under control” is 5% or less (Scotland ca 5.3% last I heard ?), so London varying between 10 and 20% confirms comment weeks ago from SEE medics they were already at crisis point and about to go over the edge.
      Further down the thread is mentioned that testing escalated dramatically in London several weeks back, so while the blonde blusterer was in public denial he was panicked. The results only increased his panic, enter “super-ninja-mutant” which closed the channel for 2 days, then the south-african version.
      There remain serious questions over the testing regime, the test itself on large concentrated populations and how the data is interpreted, but all this really confirms is southern England and London are in very serious trouble indeed.
      The last thing folks need in a pandemic is political smoke and mirrors and bluster, but that is precisely what they got in England, and now they reap it’s bitter harvest.

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  6. “Joe Match,Herbrooted RoseToxic Tories ruined our UK
    @match_joe
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    13h
    Oxford’s John Radcliff hospital still has some excess capacity.
    They have >8 /118 cases in ICU who were airlifted from Kent where system is beyond its capacity limits.
    Kent & others in SE are sending patients to other NHS trusts too”

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