Two days ago, BBC Scotland and the Herald pounced on a one-week increase in Covid infections in Scotland, making little of the fact that it remained lower than in England or Wales and having, of course, omitted to report on the previous week’s fall in infection level at the time – good news is no news they will insist.
They went with: Covid in Scotland: Sharp rise in cases as deaths also increase
The more meaningful trend over several weeks, something they should be telling us about, in the public interest they claim to serve, was ignored even though the ONS had a quote for them:
The percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 continued to increase in England and Wales and the trend was uncertain in Northern Ireland and Scotland.https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/articles/coronaviruscovid19/latestinsights#:~:text=3.13%25%20in%20England%20(1%20in,Ireland%20(1%20in%2040%20people)
That things are looking much more optimistic in Scotland is easily replicated from the ONS survey but finds no place in the BBC Scotland report. It did take me all of 30 seconds to copy and paste this:
The screaming surge in Labour Wales and the steady but worrying climb in Con England is easily understood in these graphs as is the clearly flat, not even uncertain as the ONS would have it, trend in Scotland.
This should be reported properly.