I offer this update, not to gloat, but to compensate for Scotland’s media reluctance to inform the public, lest they think that they, their NHS and their government are handling the pandemic better than other parts of the UK, or Rumpuk, as it is increasingly known, in my circles.
The infection rate continues to be twice as high in England and three times as high in Northern Ireland. Try asking those of your neighbours or relatives who do not read this blog, MSM Monitor or a few other social media sites offering accuracy, which nation has the highest rate. Many I have asked, guess – ‘Scotland?’
In recent days, Labour run Wales has seen an increase putting the rate their now clearly higher than in Scotland.
On July 12th, a whole month ago, Scotland surpassed Wales to have given more first doses of the vaccine than Rumpuk. In the last few days, the gap with Wales show signs of further widening.
On second doses, Scotland is in second place behind Wales but the gap there too is closing. No part of England, even the more affluent, has delivered more doses than Scotland, other than the South West, by 0.7%, on second doses only.
On recent performance, Scotland is ahead, having surpassed Northern Ireland two days ago, even as they push hard to respond to the horrific surge in cases there. Scotland passed Wales on August 2nd and has been vaccinating more than Johnson’s ‘world-breaking programme’ in England since June 2nd, 10 weeks ago.
As a result of all the hard work, Scotland is the only part of the UK where the R Number range is less than 1 suggesting the virus is in retreat.
Again, thanks to all of the above, Scotland’s hospitals have fewer Covid patients pro rata than all but Wales. With less than half the population, Northern Ireland has more and with 10 times the population, England has 14 times as many patients.
BBC Scotland with the BMA and the royal colleges, would of course, have you think our hospitals are bursting at the seams. It’s an agenda.
The picture is made more clear with the above map. Only Scotland has no local authority infected at the highest level (over 300, black). Almost all of England is infected at the higher levels and Northern Ireland looks quite scary.
Finally, making all of the effort worthwhile, Scotland has had, over the pandemic, a far lower death rate than all other parts of the UK. Had we followed the Johnson regime’s strategy, 2 to 3 000 more might have died.
Think what we might have achieved had we been independent. Norway had only 15.1 deaths per 100K.
If you get the time, show this to those of your neighbours and relatives who might be surprised.