Reality – or even the government’s suppressed version of it – is different: 1,106
As the SKWAWKBOX revealed earlier, the Tories continue to withhold and misrepresent the rate of new coronavirus infections in England, making the official government data pages confusing and self-contradictory, with untrue claims at the start of the page and the real figures only on show to those who dig further.
But after a number of days of severely understated figures, the Tories have gone further – claiming zero new cases in England during the past 24 hours:
Those who scroll down to check further can see that the actual number is 1,106 (though in reality it is far higher):
The false claim is found in the data tables, not just in the graphical depiction:
A look at the trend, however, shows a clear upward curve in numbers – and infections at a 77-day high:
A pattern has emerged: when the numbers are bad, some graphs will portray ludicrously low numbers, some will be missing altogether and won’t be updated until several days late – and anything approaching reality will only be found by those who read several charts down.
After all, the Tories want all our children back at school and all the ‘plebs’ back at work, even though the government’s scientists admit it will drive infections up further and faster. Making the truth of the emerging second wave easy to find wouldn’t help the Tories’ goal.
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