UK calls halt to data on number of people tested for Covid-19

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(Source: The Guardian)

The UK government has said it will no longer publish data on the number of individual people being tested for coronavirus, after five weeks of failing to release such daily statistics.

Downing Street said the decision had been taken because figures only count people having their first Covid-19 test, and as NHS and care staff can now often have regular tests, this could skew the statistics.

However, it drew criticism from Labour and the Liberal Democrats, who accused ministers of “dodging scrutiny” and covering up a failure to meet targets.

The government still publishes daily figures for the number of tests carried out, and total testing capacity, but has not released a number for how many individuals were tested since 22 May. 

Read more on The Guardian

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