Scottish Minister accused of “twisting data” to justify the curb of COVID-19


The Scottish Deputy Prime Minister has been accused of “twisting the data” in a “desperate” attempt to justify the COVID-19 restrictions in areas that are significantly more stringent than neighboring England.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) administration has banned major events, including Boxing Day soccer games, to slow the spread of the Omicron variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus that causes COVID-19. The next day, all nightclubs were closed and pubs and restaurants were restricted to table service only.

For the BBC’s “Good Morning Scotland” program on January 4, Deputy Prime Minister John Swinnie quoted data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released on December 31. 40 years old in Scotland.

He said the ONS survey shows a “very important difference” between Scotland and the United Kingdom.

While ONS data targeted the week ending December 23, Swinnie “strongest evidence” that Scottish government measures are “protecting” the people and the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS). I call it.

Opposition accused Swinnie of using old information to justify the restrictions that came into effect after the data was collected.

Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, the shadow health minister of the Scottish Conservatives, said it was “desperate” that Swiney “used outdated evidence to justify” the curb.

Alex Cole-Hamilton, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democratic Party, said Swiney “is in the shape of a twist of data to save his face.”

The Scottish Labor Party has criticized Swiney for playing “cheap constitutional politics.”

Jackie Bailey, a party health spokeswoman, said: The battle is to save lives and livelihoods, not to play cheap constitutional politics. “

However, the Scottish government said Swiney’s criticism of the use of the data was “totally unfounded.”

“Before Boxing Day, there was already a significant difference in COVID protection between Scotland and the United Kingdom. Most importantly, wearing a face cover,” said a spokesman.

“ONS findings released last week show that Scotland is significantly less infected than the United Kingdom. The various approaches it takes in Scotland virus the population,” the spokesman said. Mann was quoted by Telegraph.

As a result of stricter restrictions in Scotland, thousands of Scottish people have reportedly traveled across the border to celebrate the New Year in England, where restrictions have been significantly relaxed and nightclubs remain open. did.

Scotland’s Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on January 5 that restrictions on large-scale rallies and hospitality projects would continue until at least January 17.

She told the Scottish Parliament that the situation was not weak enough to abolish the latest restrictions and that Scotland was required to continue to limit their social contact.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan

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