Donald Cameron, Scottish Tories health spokesperson has reported Professor Leitch to the UK Statistics authority for saying:
‘Nobody died of Covid between the 17th of July and the 18th of August, 28 days after a positive Covid test.’
Cameron is, of course, hoping for a newsworthy victory along the lines of Jackson Carlaw’s in July 2020 when the statistics authority didn’t actually contradict the First Minister’s claim that infection rates were five times lower in Scotland but only that she had used figures not yet peer-reviewed.
At the end of July 2020, the ONS figures showed the infection rate in Scotland to be 2.2 per 1 million population and in England, 11.5 per 1 million. Five times higher, I think.
Cameron argues that Leitch should have used the data including cases ‘where doctors say Covid was a factor‘, then the Tories would have some deaths to blame the Scottish Government for and to deflect from the flood of deaths in England where they govern.
Leitch said ‘Nobody died of Covid.’ He’s correct. To say that someone died ‘of’ something, medics have to confirm that it caused the death. Being on the death certificate as a possible contributory factor, untested, means that you cannot, reasonably say they died ‘of’ it.
As for the Herald reporting this, it’s dying of complicititis.