I don’t know where to begin. I hope Kate Forbes has a look at this before given any of our money to the newspapers.
The Herald tells us how many there have been of new cases, deaths and hospital admissions but doesn’t ever tell us what the trends are so that we can know how to react to that news. More on that later.
First, though, the graph above, supposedly updated on the 4th February 2020. Why then does the Daily Cases line stop in October 2020? At first sight we’re in trouble. More later.
Second, what’s the good in the cumulative part which tell you there have been more again over the last 10 months but tells you nothing useful about what’s happening in your world today.
So from the Scottish Government in the last few hours:
895 new cases of COVID-19 reported
Seven day average now down for the last 30 days to one-third of the peak level in early January.
48 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive
Lowest death rate in 24hrs when registries were open since January 1st 2021
117 people are in intensive care with recently confirmed COVID-19
Lowest number in ICU since January 9th and down for 15 days in a row from peak of 161 on January 22nd.
1,729 people are in hospital with recently confirmed COVID-19
Lowest number since January 12th and down from 15 days in a row from a peak of 2053 on 22nd January.