Professor Bauld is only stating the facts in the way that Andrew Marr likes to kid himself he does too but, in the wider political world in which we all live but which, I know, she is less comfortable in, it’s rare.
UK media rarely compare the performance of the 4 Nations in any way which might draw attention to the awful performance of the Conservative Government in England. Try, for example, finding the data for England in media broadcasts. BBC websites give the figures for the UK, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, leaving you to do the arithmetic to reveal the true horror of the situation in England.
BBC Reporting Scotland and the Herald will never present you with comparative data so that you might put the Scottish data into any kind of perspective.
Today, buried in a Herald interview, Professor Bauld said:
Hospital ICU capacity in Scotland is still in a pretty good state and we have already committed to being able to double that if we have to.
If you look at increases per country over the last seven days and cases per 100 000, in Scotland you are sitting at around 160, in Wales they are well up over 400 and heading towards 500. In England about 440 and Northern Ireland 370.
Readers here have known this for months but Herald readers might have been shocked to see it. Professor Bauld’s words are not being repeated anywhere else that I can see.