The deputy prime minister was accused of spreading “fake news” and endangering public health by Annies Wells, Tories Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health. The latest political furore in Scotland was unleashed after Mr Swinney sent a tweet about face masks on Monday. The tweet included a face mask graphic along with unsubstantiated claims about their effectiveness in preventing the spread of the virus.
Such an allegation claimed that a person with Covid could not transmit the virus to another person just six meters away if both were wearing masks.
Sir. Swinney initially failed to delete the post from his social media accounts, prompting Scottish stories to move.
In a statement, Mrs Wells accused the SNP of not having taken appropriate measures to rectify their error.
She said Mr Swinney’s tweet was “essentially fake news” that could have reached hundreds of thousands of people.
“The continued use of unverified graphics like this is potentially dangerous,” she claimed.
“It undermines the serious public health message that masks can limit the spread of the virus.
“It may even convince some people that there is no risk from Covid in certain situations, which is not supported by science.”
Shadow Cabinet’s Health Secretary accused the SNP government of “poor judgment” and said she had no choice but to report “this graph to the UK Bureau of Statistics for their input as SNP ministers will not act.”
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He said: “I shared a photo on Monday to illustrate that masks and spacing can help stop Covid transmission.
“I have now deleted the image as the characters in it were not confirmed. Sorry for that.
“But the message remains unchanged: masks and distancing remain critical to beating this virus.”
The Scottish Government gave no details on the source of the graphics.