Some key dates on the above death rate line graph:
- On 1st September, people in the Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire local authority areas were told they should not meet with people from other households in indoor household settings, because of rising infection levels in those areas.
- 9th October, national lockdown in Scotland with infection level at 165 per 1 million. England at 236.
- 3rd November England locks down.
- 26th December, Scotland goes into full lockdown after only Christmas Day eased.
- 5th January, England goes into full lockdown.
- By January 27th England’s daily death rate is twice that in Scotland.
In the Guardian today:
Delaying the winter lockdown caused up to 27,000 extra deaths in England, the Resolution Foundation thinktank has claimed as it accused the government of a “huge mistake” which should be central to any public inquiry into the UK’s handling of the pandemic.
In Scotland, 138 per 100 000 die. In England 197 per 100 000 die, 43% more.
So, Scotland had 7 529 deaths under Sturgeon but, under Johnson, might have had 3 237 more or 10 760 in total.
‘Sturgeon saves more than 3 000‘
but Ian Murray, Sarah Smith, Iain Macwhirter and others:
‘Scotland did no better. Sturgeon is just better at spin.’