‘Pillar 2’ data being withheld for local areas, missing 90% of cases in Leicester area
The government is withholding data for the number of coronavirus infections at a local level, releasing only the number of positive tests carried out in hospitals. This means that around 90% of positive cases being detected in Leicester – itself a fraction of the real number of infections, as many people suffer few or no symptoms – are not being made available at a local level.
People enquiring on the government website about the level of virus in their area are being misled:
For weeks now, the Tories have also been withholding data on the number of people they are testing, as opposed to the number of tests issued. What started as an attempt to pretend that promises by Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock on testing had been met has now become yet another gross deception of the people.
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