I’m sure you know by now, from listening to the First Minister tell us every Wednesday, that there are two counts for Covid mortality.
There are the cases where Covid is thought to have caused the death and there are those where Covid has not been shown to have caused the death but has been mentioned on the death certificate and may have been a contributory factor.
When you add the second set to the first, you get a bigger total, you’d think. Scotland has had 5 888 confirmed deaths but 7 445 overall, when you add those where Covid has only been mentioned on the death certificate.
The same rule applied to Wales and Northern Ireland, as you can see in the two tables from the UK Government, below, but not to England.
No, when you add the second set, where Covid has only been mentioned on the death certificate to the confirmed cases, the total actually goes down!
What on Earth is going on here? It certainly helps England keep its death rate per 100K down.