The number of new coronavirus cases in the UK has reached its highest in 77 days – once again driven by cases in England – but you’d struggle to discern it from the government’s official data page. In fact, at first glance you’d think it had fallen dramatically.
The first chart on the page for cases by the UK’s constituent nations has 26 August as its latest update – and claims England had only 21 cases:
The next chart, “Daily cases by date reported” has not been updated since 24 August, four days ago. But the only when you get to the 3rd chart on the page have the data been updated to include 27 August – showing a massive 1,522 cases, driven almost entirely by England:
And the same chart reveals, correctly, that the number of cases in England on the preceding day, 26 August, was not the 21 cases reported at the top of the page, but more than 870:
Yesterday’s total of 1,522 cases is the highest for the UK in 77 days – and like almost every day, England’s high and increasing per-capita infection rate is the driver, with a clear resurgence showing:
The Tories continue to play the country for fools as they push children and teachers back to school – and to make the UK a global object of horror for their mismanagement of the pandemic crisis.
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