Scotland Changes Definition of COVID Hospitalization. Number Drops From 262 to 46

Scotland was inflating its actual Covid hospitalizations by 400%

Scotland had been counting anyone who had ever tested positive for COVID (even if it had been 6 months ago) as a COVID hospitalization:

Comparing the initial data, it’s clear to see the impact of the change. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 inpatients under the previous definition was 262 on Tuesday 15th September while the new definition included 48 patients. Of these, 7 were in ICU on the old basis, and 6 under the new definition. We will no longer collect the data on the original basis.


The plurality of their “COVID hospitalizations” (45%) were people who were infected in the hospital (but had already recovered from it). The next largest (25%) were patients who tested positive months ago and were now admitted for a completely unrelated reason:

The audit of inpatients identified 384 patients in hospital at 1am on 26 August across Scotland who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.

The majority of these patients (87%) were in hospital for a condition unrelated to COVID-19:

  • 45% were hospital onset cases who were no longer being isolated or treated for COVID-19;
  • 25% had recovered from COVID-19, been discharged and then readmitted for an unrelated condition;
  • 9% had a previous positive COVID-19 test in the community, and were admitted for an unrelated reason
  • 8% had been admitted for COVID-19, had recovered but were still in hospital for other reasons.

All these shocking mistakes and always only in one direction.

The second half of this (and other like it) official graph had been a complete lie
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