‘Scotland has the highest infection rate in UK!’
Our media are triumphant. At last they have something ‘good’ to shout about. Just as they did with drug deaths and recently when they thought support for independence was falling, this story is everywhere.
As with the 4 weeks, only in October 2020, when we had more Covid deaths than England, enabling Andrew Marr to shout about it to the FM, the infection rate in Scotland is currently higher than in England but only after many months when it was far lower:
Far more important, but less reported, over the pandemic the infection rate in England, has been 70% higher:
Asked by BBC Scotland to explain the recent increase, Professor Bauld said:
I think there are a few things going on. There is definitely a schools effect which we always expected and you can see in the testing figures that there are quite a few younger people coming forward with symptoms and having tests. And we have also had some issues in local authority areas in Scotland. There were big numbers in West Lothian recently.
I have questions. If it’s a ‘schools effect’ why did the level only increase dramatically in areas closest to George Square in Glasgow? There are many schools in Aberdeenshire, Angus, Highland and Edinburgh yet no ‘school effect’ is visible. Why did the increases begin in Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Ayrshire in the days and weeks after Sunday 7th March?