Change to map key masks real extent of second wave
The Tory government has tried to mask the scale of its mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis by making an unannounced change to the key of a map used to show the level of infection in different parts of the country.
The map for the week up to 27 September shows dark red across the north of England and lighter colours for the south to reflect a lower incidence of infection:
The map for the week beginning the very next day, however, shows an apparently improved position, with much less red across the country and even paler colours in the south:
But the ‘change’ is a mirage – one created by an unannounced change to the colour key used in the later map. While the colours for more severe levels of infection remain the same, the numbers associated with those colours have changed by a factor of five to almost eight:
While in the first map, dark red means a rate above forty-five, in the later version it means greater than 335 – and even the palest blue areas would be likely to fall into the second-darkest red. This means an honest map would look something like this:
The Tories have already been exposed cooking the books to protect Tory heartlands from the economic damage of lockdown – and now they’re covering up the extent of their dishonesty and the catastrophe and needless deaths their actions, inaction, delays and policies have caused and continue to cause.
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