I’ll cut the Shakespeare and get to it:
The Scots - like the Brits - are real good at vaccinating. 91 percent of people 16 and over in Scotland have received at least one dose. 84 percent two doses.
They’re also real good at counting deaths in near-real-time.
They just announced deaths for Week 37 (through Sept. 19).
The number of deaths from all causes registered in Scotland in this week was 1,257 - 249, or 25%, more than the five year average.
Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said:
“Deaths from all causes were 25% higher than the five year average. There has been a sustained period of excess deaths, with registered deaths above the five year average in each week since week 21 (24th to 30th May).”
So those 1,257 deaths includes 135 deaths that mentioned COVID-19 - the highest weekly total since March (because vaccines work!). But even excluding those, non-Covid deaths are running more than 10% above normal - as they did all summer. (Because vaccines work?)
Hey, like Macbeth said, stuff happens at Warrrrp Speed! Sometimes you kill a few witches you were trying to save, right? Or was that Hamlet?