There are difficulties in making comparisons between the health statistics for Scotland and England so I welcome correction of any errors and will, of course, change this post if necessary.
However, today, the First Minister announced that, based on a report from the NRS, there had been 111 Covid-related deaths in Scottish care homes, in the seven days ending Sunday 24th January 2021.
The broadcast episode and the text will be published soon.
The ONS, using figures reported to it by the CQC and reported in the Mail, show there had been 1 705 such deaths in care homes in England, for the seven days ending Friday 22nd January 2021.
These are not exactly aligned periods of time but the phasing may favour the English homes.
England has 10 times the population of Scotland and all things being equal would be expected to have had roughly 10 times the Covid-related deaths in care homes, 1 110. Tragically it had 1 705, around 54% more.
If correct, that is a shocking indictment of the decision by the Conservative Government, to rollout out the vaccination programme to other groups, in parallel with the care home staff and residents, contrary to the JCVI advice and, almost certainly, to compete with EU countries.
At the moment, Scotland has vaccinated 95% of care home residents but England has only done around 66%. More important, however, by January 11th, Scotland had protected 80% but England had only protected 24%, leaving three -quarters exposed to the virus that would kill many of them by the following week.