As Sturgeon reviewed Covid rules, SNP’s Swinney grilled him, “What are you basing decisions on?”


As Sturgeon reviewed Covid rules, SNP’s Swinney grilled him, “What are you basing decisions on?”

Asked about the accuracy of previously published COVID-19 data, SNP deputy leader John Swinney squirmed.

Deputy First Minister of Scotland John Swinney spoke to BBC’s The Nine host Laura Maciver about First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s plan to release new data on Covid cases on Friday, after the SNP MSP was chastised for previously providing misleading data on the disease.

Ms. Maciver pushed for more information and statistics on Covid hospitalizations and treatment, as well as the number of people who report a positive test but don’t need treatment.

“We’re waiting for hospital data to tell us more about the number of people in hospital with Covid, or as a result of having Covid,” Ms Maciver said.

“Today, the opposition parties criticized the fact that data is still being collected.

“It’s supposed to arrive on Friday, according to what we’ve been told.”

What are you basing your decisions on if the First Minister hasn’t seen this data, and if you haven’t seen it this week as a government?”

“Well, this data is important because it will give us some additional detail that can influence how the pandemic is handled,” Mr Swinney explained.

“However, I believe it is critical that we concentrate on the levels of hospitalization of people with Covid – a number that is unavoidable at the moment.”

“And that number has been rising quite significantly in the last few years,” Mr Swinney continued.

“But that’s people who have tested positive for Covid; it doesn’t tell you if they’re being treated for Covid’s effects,” the BBC host explained.

“That – but, they may well be treated for the impact of Covid,” Mr Swinney said, “but that data will become available.”

“And the key point made by the First Minister on this issue is whether someone is in hospital with Covid or because of Covid.”

“They still need to be treated,” Mr Swinney added, “and as a result, the National Health Service is burdened.”

“It has an impact on the health service’s capacity because it necessitates additional self-isolation or isolating measures to control the pandemic’s spread.”

“Absolutely,” Ms Maciver responded, “but it also dictates how you make decisions, and it also dictates how the rest of us live our lives.”

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