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Tories’ COVID figures suspiciously unchanged – how many ‘lost’ positives are they going to ‘find’ next?

The Tories have announced a new set of coronavirus figures for the last 24 hours that are almost identical to those of the previous day.

The uncanny similarity was highlighted in a tweet by health data guru @ToryFibs:

And as he pointed out, it was reminiscent of the pattern seen last week, when the government reported around 7,000 new cases for several days in a row.

That consistency was followed by an announcement that the Tories had ‘missed’ almost 16,000 cases during the same period – improbably blamed on out-of-date spreadsheet software.

This week it’s not just new infections that have stayed remarkably consistent. Every category was almost the same from one 24-hour period to the next.

So how many thousands of ‘lost cases are going to mysteriously be ‘discovered’ this week?

You’d almost think the Tories are massaging the figures – or cooking the books – so the country doesn’t realise what’s really going on out there.

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  1. If there are thousands of cases just at Uni’s theres going to be many more. Herd immunity signature D. Cummings

  2. I’ve recorded “upward revisions” of Worldometer’s numbers on 6 days in May, 3 days in June and 5 days in July as well as the 12 days from September 21st to October 2nd.

    Looking at all the numbers today I don’t see the stepped upticks in cases vs. deaths one would expect as testing ramped up in stages – no correlation that one ought to see if the 90+% false positives claimed by the deniers were genuine.
    There’s what looks like random variation, with some similar number sequences but not more than coincidence could explain I think – admittedly a real analysis might find something – this is just my impression.

    I’ve been recording Worldometer results (mostly daily after 4pm) since the beginning when I noticed numbers being revised, in some cases without mention.
    I don’t claim to have caught all the revisions though, occasionally having copied them to paper up to 3 days late.

  3. Off topic, but I just happened to come across an article in the Huffpost (whilst doing a search in relation to something else) in which it says that Unite cut their funding to the LP by £150k, contrary to the £700k reported by skwawkbox yesterday. So I then did a search to ascertain what other main-stream news outlets were saying, and the first one I checked out in the list of results was a Sky News article, which had it at just under one £million. The next one was a Mirror article, and like the Huffpost, they had it at £150k (I also checked out a BBC News article, but that didn’t mention any actual figure at all!).

    Anyway, I didn’t bother checking out any other main-stream news outlets as I was pretty damn certain I would just come up with MORE conflicting figures, and end up being none the wiser. But it would be good – given the substantial difference between £700k and £150k – if Steve/skwawkbox could categorically confirm the amount in funding that Unite cut.

    Anyhow, the Huffpost article – which was headlined ‘Keir Starmer Brushes Off Unite Union £150,000 A Year Cut In Funding To Labour’ should you wish to read it – mentioned something in relation to skwawkbox (which I had never heard about before), and so I then did a search about the matter and, as such, came across the following article:

    ‘Ex-Labour MP Anna Turley wins £75,000 libel payout from hard-left website Skwawkbox and union Unite over story claiming she was dishonest and unfit for office’

    Needless to say, they discredit skwawkbox every-which-way they can, with John Mann throwing in his tuppence worth of black propaganda vitriol at the end of the article. He really is a totally repugnant evil little psychopathic fascist xxxxxxxx (please insert first word that comes to mind!):

    1. Anyway, here’s the latest brilliant exposition from medialens, which is long (about 15-20 minutes reading time), but ESSENTIAL reading:

      ‘None Of It Reported’: How Corporate Media Buried The Assange Trial

      One of the most imposing features of state-corporate propaganda is its incessant, repetitive nature. Over and over again, the ‘mainstream’ media have to convince the public that ‘our’ government prioritises the health, welfare and livelihoods of the general population, rather than the private interests of an elite stratum of society that owns and runs all the major institutions, banks, corporations and media…..

      We monitored BBC News at Ten, the main evening BBC news programme on BBC1, during the four weeks of the Assange hearing. As far as we could tell, there was not a single substantive item (there may have been passing mention on the first day)…..

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