Though it has been only two days of increases after more than a week of falling numbers from the 21st, the last two day’s data are concerning. From 969 on the 28th to 1 895 yesterday and now, 2 045 today, I feel sure we’re all holding our breath.
BBC Scotland has been quick to report a ‘record’ rise and the Herald has, for the first time ever, correctly chosen ‘surge’.
Having spent much time in the past downplaying the significance of changes in figures, I must recognise these increases as ‘major.‘
BBC UK, perhaps hardened by the last few weeks, seems sanguine:
‘Amid concern over rising coronavirus cases?‘ Rising? Much?
Well, again it’s not easy to find the figures for England, so after sourcing those for the UK and the devolved nations manually, we get
- UK 53 135
- Scotland 2 045
- Wales 2 281
- N Ireland 2 143
- So, England 46 666
And, now in perspective the infection rate per head of population in every other part of the UK is at least twice that in Scotland.
- England has 10 times the population but 22.8 times the infection level of Scotland.
- Scotland has 1.7 times the population of Wales but fewer cases.
- Scotland has 2.8 times the population of Northern Ireland but fewer cases.