Number 10 did not ‘notice’ that officials stopped publishing the number of people tested for Covid-19 every day as the figure has not been announced since Friday last week
Number 10 did not “notice” that the Department of Health had not announced the number of people tested for coronavirus for four days.
The prime minister’s spokesman said in a briefing today that the omission of the statistic, which is usually published every day, is “not something I have noticed.”
The last time the Department of Health published the issue was last Friday, May 22, when 80,297 people with a Pap smear were tested for Covid-19.
For the past five days, the department has just posted a note that says “Not Available” in the section of the table she posts on Twitter every day.
Under that table, officials note: “The reporting of the number of people tested has been temporarily interrupted to ensure consistent reporting across all pillars.
“This is due to a small percentage of cases where the same person has had more than one test or has tested positive for # COVID19 in Pillar 2 more than once.
“Any figures will be corrected if it subsequently appears that they contain an error.”
At the last count on Friday, a total of 2,144,626 people had been tested for the coronavirus since the outbreak began.
Since Friday, the Ministry of Health no longer reports the number of people tested daily and the total number of people tested. It explains that this is to avoid reporting errors caused by some people being tested more than once