BBC Reporting Scotland have headlined the above claim, taking time to push home the message before having to admit, for fear of later ridicule, that it’s ridiculous.
16 paragraphs down and only at the end of Lisa Summer’s TV report do we get the facts that demolish their own opening statements.
On the website but also as the basis for Summer’s admission, we read in an analysis by Nick Triggle:
There has been a lot of talk about the mixing prompted by watching football being a cause of spread of the virus in Scotland. It is an easy target given the images of people together in stadiums and fanzone sites. But the problem with this data is it does not provide the answer to that.
It is contact tracing data used to establish who should be asked to isolate because they may be a close contact of an infected person. It does not tell you where the individual caught the virus – just where they had been when they were infectious.
So this tells us that 6% of positive cases during this period attended a match, Fanzone, someone’s home or the pub to watch a game of football.
The fact that people were out enjoying Scotland’s first tournament for 23 years is no surprise. It’s quite likely that led to some transmission – although remember it is indoor settings such as having a drink in the pub or sharing public transport on the way to the game that is more risky than watching a match outdoors – but it’s hardly an explanation for Scotland’s big rise in cases.
How many positive cases were there in the week – 20 500. 6% only might have been associated with a football match so there’s nothing there.
Yet they went with the headline. That’s an agenda at work.
Reporting something as a potential problem can suggest an agenda but so can not reporting something as a problem.
In March, I wrote:
After falling to the 7th of March, then levelling until the 9th, the number of new Covid cases in Scotland has begun to climb for the first time since the end of December 2020. From 466 new cases on the 9th March, we now have a sequence of 691, 591 and today, 682.
It’s maybe a bit early to worry but it is worthy of attention.
The average time before symptoms show is 4 to 5 days.
Today, 392 of the 682 were in Greater Glasgow and Clyde and in Lanarkshire.
Since the 7th March, the trend has been flat or falling in all parts of Scotland other than on the 9th, 10th and 11th especially in Greater Glasgow and in areas surrounding it.
Scotland has had 2 249 new cases in just those 4 days. Greater Glasgow and Clyde had 707. Lanarkshire had 384, Lothian had 298, Forth Valley had 215, Fife had 139, Grampian had 113 and Tayside had 108.
Could some event in Glasgow but attracting fans more widely have been the ‘ground zero’ for this surge?
Infection levels seem quite high in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire and the Ibrox East area of Glasgow but not the Parkhead East area. Could that be a clue?
This was not pursued.
Might BBC Scotland have an agenda to demonise supporters of a team identifiably Scottish but not those of a team more associated with the Union?
Oooh, I’m scared.