Though 44 502 Covid-19 cases were admitted to Scotland’s hospitals in the week ending 5th September 2021, 99.4% of those infections were picked up in the community and only 0.1% (31) were picked up in a hospital.
This is an astounding achievement and testimony to the incredible level of hygiene maintained in our hospitals.
Remember Scotland has 279 hospitals and around 20 000 patients in them in a typical week.
Is this, however, no different from hospitals elsewhere in the UK?
NHS England is careful not to publish the data on hospital-onset infections weekly. In January 2021, the Daily Mail accused them of fiddling the data:
In October 2020, the Centre for Evidence-based Medicine at Oxford put the rate at between 18% and 23%.
I contacted the researchers recently and asked for a more recent update. They said they would be updating but have not published anything newer.
BBC Scotland have not covered the story.