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Offline familydar

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Number of daily tests
« on: Saturday 23 May 20 16:48 BST (UK) »
I've just been listening to the daily briefing and noted down exactly what Jenny Harries said as regards tests carried out:

"116585 represents all the tests in all the different systems that have been completed or taken or sent out whether it be through labs, in hospitals, wherever it may be up until 9 o'clock on 23rd May"

Note my italics.

The pedant in me wonders whether we're seeing figures now consistently in excess of the magic 100000 because the tests are being counted more than once.
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Re: Number of daily tests
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 23 May 20 17:28 BST (UK) »
Sounds like they count them all out and then count them all in again and I’m not surprised; it’s called “creative accounting”.

Personally, I’ve given up listening to the 3 (and often 2) stooges - it’s simply an exercise in avoiding the question.

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Re: Number of daily tests
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 23 May 20 17:33 BST (UK) »
Statistics can prove anything you want as long as you select the right data.

I read only yesterday that a significant number of the tests that have sent out to people have not been returned so that will screw their figures up.


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Re: Number of daily tests
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 23 May 20 20:54 BST (UK) »
Statistics can prove anything you want as long as you select the right data.

I read only yesterday that a significant number of the tests that have sent out to people have not been returned so that will screw their figures up.

I expect a lot of the tests sent out but not yet used are sent to care homes (quite reasonably) so that they have them to hand when they need to test staff and residents.

I fear they will be counted again when the samples are sent back for testing.
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Re: Number of daily tests
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 23 May 20 22:44 BST (UK) »
"Tests are completely voluntary, and you do not have to take it, but are encouraged to do so. If you do decide to take a test, then you need to follow the instructions provided upon registering for a home test, or a test at a regional test site.

Once you have taken the test, your sample will be analysed in a laboratory, and you will be informed of the result (positive, negative, or unclear) by text and/or email. You will be given advice on any next steps that need to be taken following your result.

If you are resident in England, your test result will also be sent to a central database, along with other information relating to coronavirus, to enable organisations to respond to coronavirus.
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https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-privacy-information/testing-for-coronavirus-privacy-information
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That is not counting one test twice.
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