Grampian NHS Board confirms only 15 deaths where COVID-19 was the sole cause between Feb and Nov 2020 – FIO Request via UK Column

Grampian NHS Board via a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. Number of deaths between February and November 2020 where COVID-19 was the sole cause:

  • 15 confirmed
  • 5 suspected
Source: UK Column News, 25th January 2021

Pub closures not backed by evidence – The Herald Scotland

A leading bacteriologist has said he was not surprised to learn that pub owners are pursuing a legal challenge against lockdown closures saying he had been left ‘frustrated’ by the absence of hard data informing some decisions.


Coronavirus in Scotland: More died in 1989 flu epidemic than coronavirus peak – The Times

More people died in Scotland during a flu epidemic at the turn of the 1990s than the first wave of coronavirus, official figures show.

Public health experts fear the consequences if flu breaks out alongside coronavirus this winter.

In 1989 the seven days to Christmas Eve was Scotland’s deadliest single week since records began in 1974, with 2,400 deaths, which was 1,092 more than the five-year average.

This is far more than the 1,978 people who died in the worst week of the coronavirus pandemic — the second week of April — which was 878 above the five-year average.

By the end of the eight-week cycle of excess deaths in the second week of January 1990 the death toll had reached 14,594 people, 4,122