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John Swinney reported to statistics watchdog over 'deliberate spin' of covid data

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John Swinney has been reported to the statistics authority after he was accused of misrepresenting the impact of covid restrictions in Scotland.

The Deputy First Minister, who is also the Covid Recovery Minister, suggested covid rates in Scotland were lower than in England because of extra measures introduced north of the border.

Speaking on the BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland show, he suggested Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures showing one in 40 Scots were infected compared to one in 25 in England were "the strongest evidence that the measures taken in Scotland are protecting the population from covid".

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