SNP under fire: Swinney’s misleading Covid graphic reported to UK Statistics Authority
The Deputy First Minister was accused of spreading “fake news” and endangering public health by Annie Wells, the Tories Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health. The latest political furore in Scotland was triggered after Mr Swinney posted a tweet on Monday about face masks. The tweet contained a face mask graphic along with unsubstantiated claims about their effectiveness in preventing the spread of the virus.
One such assertion maintained that a person with Covid could not transmit the virus to another person just six feet away, if both were wearing masks.
Mr Swinney initially failed to delete the post from his social media accounts, prompting the move by the Scottish Tories.
In a statement, Ms Wells accused the SNP of failing to take appropriate measures to correct their mistake.