I’ve had to modify the BBC Scotland headline choice to represent more accurately the situation. They had:
Covid in Scotland: Sixty-one new deaths registered in past week
It’s not inaccurate. It’s just depressing when other news could be reported. Those who watch more TV news are more likely to be depressed or anxious.
They do note below:
According to National Records of Scotland (NRS) that was a fall of five from the previous week and a decrease of 166 from the previous month.
But, that’s not the headline they feel you need at this time. Remember, I’m not suggesting a conspiracy to keep us anxious and thus less likely to vote for change, not like the all-too-obvious selection of guests and questions for the Leaders Debate with Sarah Smith, just an underlying culture generating, on a semi-conscious basis, bad feelings about NHS Scotland and thus the SNP Government.
Editorial decisions are on what to go with, not just how to headline it.
The NRS data includes deaths where Covid-19 was not tested for as a cause of death but where it was added to a death certificate.
Deaths based on a test are a much more reliable measure and they have been dropping fast to a low level. From a shocking 7-day average of 60 at the end of January before the vaccine effect kicked-in to just over 5 yesterday.
Could that be in in the public interest, the news?