BBC Scotland’s viewers/listeners/readers might have been interested also in broader, relevant context.
This is readily supplied using data from the UK government’s web site – so it must be authoritative! It comes from comparative mortality data during the whole pandemic for each of the four nations up to dates earlier in July and on both of the measures in official use.
1) Deaths with COVID-19 on the death certificate by nation to 9 July 2021 (the list is ordered by data per 100,000 population):
Wales: = 7,873 (249.7 per 100,000)
England = 130,957 (232.7 per 100,000)
Scotland = 10,204 (186.8 per 100,000)
Northern Ireland = 2,981 (157.4 per 100,000)
On this measure, for the pandemic to this date, Scotland’s rate per 100,000 is c. 29% lower than England’s.
2) Deaths within 28 days of positive test by nation to 11 July 2021:
England = 113,320 (201.3 per 100,000)
Wales = 5,590 (177.3 per 100,000 population)
Scotland = 7,820 (143.1 per 100,000)
Northern Ireland = 2,166 (114.4 per 100,000)
On this measure, for the whole pandemic to this date, Scotland’s rate per 100,000 is c. 20% lower than England’s.
Of course in any such comparative assessment it is important to remember (at least) two critical factors: (i) only England has a government with untrammelled powers; and (ii) the people in three of the nations – not England – receive a constant diet of media (including BBC) messaging on public health matters aligned with that framed by another government i.e. by the Westminster (and England’s) government. Why is England not the least impacted by the pandemic given all these – what should be relatively more favourable to England – factors?
It is deeply regrettable that such an analysis of tragic issues seeks amplification here but it is done of course to help counter the agenda-driven politicisation of health and social care that is much more prevalent and acute in Scotland as demonstrated over a long period of time here on TuS.