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Ed Conway 7h
Replying to @RuthCadbury
That might be right. Gap between tests distributed and those processed is getting towards 3m I believe
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Ed Conway 8h
The amount of money sloshing round the UK economy is currently growing at the fastest rate since the era of Cardinal Wolsey. My column, about government splurging, why we were always a nation of shoppers, and why we will probably always be.
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SkyNews 11h
The government was routinely overstating the total number of people who had been tested for by as many as 200,000 at the height of the pandemic takes a closer look at the numbers Read more here:
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Rowland Manthorpe 11h
A drama in three acts: 1. We quote a senior source saying, "We will probably never know how many people have been tested" 2. Immediately after our investigation is published, the government puts out figures for people tested 3. They show it had overstated the numbers by 200,000
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Ed Conway 11h
Replying to @rowlsmanthorpe
If you do have time this weekend please do check out my and 's long-read on what's been going on behind the scenes of the testing system
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Ed Conway 11h
I had an initial stab at this data yday and compared apples to pears. Was saved some blushes by a contingent of dedicated Twitter data warriors inc and many, many others who've also dug through the data and shared ideas. Thank you.
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Ed Conway 11h
Replying to @DHSCgovuk
Here's a statement from . Impression I get is they're sincerely doing their best to clean up a horrendously messy dataset thrown together in fraught circumstances early on in . Tho is releasing this crucial data surreptitiously the right way to go about it...?
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Ed Conway 11h
Replying to @DHSCgovuk
And lo and behold this new data series reveals that while was reporting that around 2m people had been tested as of around 21 May, the real total was around 1.8m. It was overstating the reach of its testing effort quite considerably.
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Ed Conway 11h
Replying to @SkyNews @DHSCgovuk
Then, yesterday, after 's investigation, quietly posted this data series, which finally ends the mystery. Bit rum. Still: put it alongside data for the rest of the UK and we can finally get a firmer grasp of how many have been tested
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Ed Conway 11h
Replying to @EdConwaySky
A mystery with real consequences, since data on people tested (as opposed to tests carried out) is v v important. Many people end up taking more than one test - so there's double counting there. Comparing cases to people is a crucial metric for judging the spread of the disease.
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Ed Conway 11h
Replying to @EdConwaySky
But on May 23 it abruptly stopped publishing the data. From then until this week we haven't been given any update on how many people in total have been tested in England (Scotland, NI & Wales continued publishing). It's been one of the longest-running mysteries of
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Ed Conway 11h
Replying to @DHSCgovuk
You may recall that up until late May published daily figures for how many people had been tested alongside its deaths numbers. This is one of the key datapoints in confronting the disease and building a track & trace system. Here's the fig for May 21: over 2m
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Ed Conway 11h
Replying to @DHSCgovuk
This revelation stems from data released by yesterday in the wake of our investigation into the handling of data. Full thing here:
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Ed Conway 11h
Breaking: UK government was routinely overstating the total number of people who’d been tested for by as many as 200,000 at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, according to new Sky News analysis.
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Ed Conway 18h
Replying to @AlStewartOBE @thetimes
Thanks so much Alastair - though I should point out I'm not an economist: merely a hack!
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🕯James Neill - 😷 🇪🇺🇮🇪🇬🇧 Jul 9
Ed, as you know the data released is only up to the end of May, but reporting also has data for June. So I've combined both sources to give a more complete view of HT :)
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Ed Conway Jul 9
Of course - and I'm sorry I missed this! V useful, interesting analysis - thank you
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Ed Conway Jul 9
Replying to @GeorgeTrefgarne
In which case you'll be very suspicious of my column tomorrow
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Ed Conway Jul 9
Interesting. has done the sums (adding on Scotland & Wales) and calculated that on the basis of the data released by following our investigation today the government was, in mid May, overstating the number of people being tested for by around 150k
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Ed Conway Jul 9
Big moment for Ireland. One of the most important roles in Europe. And another Irishman (Philip Lane) is now chief economist of the European Central Bank
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