Why is England not the least impacted by the pandemic ?

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By stewartb:

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.

(https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/deaths )

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.

2 thoughts on “Why is England not the least impacted by the pandemic ?

  1. ”It is deeply regrettable that such an analysis …”

    It is deeply regrettable that we have Misreporting Scotland , Good Moaning Scotland , HMS Sarah Smith , Krusty Wark , DRoss , Anus Sarwar , The ”Scottish ” Daily Wail , ….
    Has any country outside the old USSR had to cope with so much propaganda – and so much of it coming from ”journos” who are supposedly Scottish ?

    They give the lie to the words of Walter Scott..

    ”Breathes there a man ,with soul so dead ,
    Who never to himself hath said ,
    This is my own , my native Land ! ”

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  2. Completely agree – England had huge advantages in this pandemic compared to other UK countries due to factors you list plus its socioeconomic and age profile (and in particular compared to Scotland given similar urban/rural split). The fact that England has a 40% higher death rate (based on 28 days from test) despite its advantages shows the sheer scale of Westminster mismanagement (as well as the relatively good performance of the Scottish Government).

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