They’re are loving this. When Scotland had a far lower infection rate than England in January, not a peep but now, at last, they have something to worry us with.
Of course, there’s something missing in their accounts.
There is a wee hint in the BBC Scotland report but they don’t follow it up:
A lack of “natural immunity” in the population has led to Scotland having the highest Covid rates in Europe, the national clinical director has said.
There’s an obvious question, why? Why do we have a lower level of natural immunity? Why has England a higher level?
It’s an inevitable consequence of Scotland doing better to control the virus before and during the critical early stages. The infection rate over the whole pandemic was much lower in Scotland than in England. See these data:
Keeping infection rates lower, especially in the early stages meant that we had fewer deaths. See these data:
England had 59 more deaths per 100 000 population than Scotland. If Scotland had the same rate as England, we’d have had 3 186 more deaths (59 x 54 ).
We have a higher rate now when it’s safer to do so because the surge is among the young. More than 3 000 mums, dads, granmas and grandads still with us because we have an SNP Government and not a heartless Tory one.