…since the start of the pandemic. How is it case numbers are still so high?
A Business Correspondent meets Humza’s answer gleefully with:
Sure, the point being that Scotland being under much tighter restrictions than other parts of the UK, particularly when it comes to hospitality and we know the impact that that can have on jobs and the wider economic picture, so I wonder whether those restrictions are not just working.
Yousaf then presents the ONS ratios, 1 in 15 in England and 1 in 20 in Scotland but these are discounted as ‘controversial.’
Let’s be clear, over the pandemic, the infection rate in Scotland is 18 983 per 100 000 population and in England 21 455 (https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/cases). So, for every 100 000 people in England there were 2 472 more cases.
Had Scotland’s pandemic been managed by the UK Government, 134 477 (2 472 x 54.4) more might have been infected.
Had England’s pandemic been managed by the SNP Government, 1 384 320 (2 472 x 560) fewer might have been infected.
I appreciate that other variables such as geography, age and ethnicity will have been influential but had it been the other way round, with Scotland more infected than England, such comments would be quickly condemned as excuses.