Government announce further changes to the way coronavirus testing figures are published after failing to disclose number people tested for over six weeks

The UK Government has announced further updates to the way coronavirus testing figures are published.

Monday, 6th July 2020, 5:11 pm
Updated Monday, 6th July 2020, 5:11 pm

The way Covid-19 testing figures are published will be changed to reflect that people are being tested on a regular basis, Downing Street said.

The Department of Health and Social care have failed to publish the daily number of people tested since May 21, when 80,297 individuals were tested. Since then, the figures have been listed as ‘unavailable’.

However, the number of tests carried out data has continued to be published on a daily basis. The latest figures show 125,622 daily tests were processed and 164,849 had been made available across the UK in the 24 hours leading up to 9am on Sunday, July 5.

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And after 46 days without publishing the number of people tested, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman has finally confirmed that the figures will no longer be available through the Department of Health and Social Care.

"This is because the daily people tested statistic only counts new people being tested,” the spokesman said.

"For example, someone who is tested in February and then tested again this month will only be counted once.

"Considering hospital and care home staff are now being tested on a regular basis, we don't think this statistic would be an accurate reflection of the amount of daily testing that is taking place.

Coronavirus testing figures have changed over the past week.

"Test and trace statistics published weekly will still include the number of people who have been tested."

The spokesman said that the UK’s testing capacity on July 5 stood at 294,258.

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