While Boris Johnson is struggling to restore confidence with a shocked audience while facing a growing uprising in his own party, more and more government bureaucrats are turning to the prime minister and criticizing government records of deaths and coronavirus cases, which is an ongoing hot issue in the UK , which has repeatedly revised its numbers to account for deaths in nursing homes, other long-term care facilities and private homes.
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In a letter to the Secretary of Health Matt Hancock, Chairman of the Statistical Office of Great Britain, Sir David Norgrow warned that government data on daily coronavirus testing is “far from complete and understandable.” This, despite the fact that the UK has the second largest death toll in the world, exceeded only the United States.
But this time, criticism was not caused by the number of deaths and incidents, but by state policy, including the test results of home test kits, which in practice turned out to be less reliable.
For some reason (perhaps the selfish desire to give the impression that they are conducting as many tests as possible), HMG insists that the most accurate way to record data is to count the test results on the day when the tests were performed without distinguishing whether these tests were home, laboratory, or individual patients needed several tests to get a reliable result.
Norgrov said that “it seems that the goal is to show as many tests as possible, …[i]It is not surprising that, given their inadequacy, the test data are so widely criticized and often incredulous, ”he said. Daily government presentations about the virus “artificially lower” the percentage of positive test results. less useful to the public, the data are presented in a form that is difficult to understand. Many key numbers do not make much sense without technical notes, which can be difficult to understand.
Criticism intensified when Johnson began the process of opening up the British economy, taking the first initial steps to allow more and more meetings with friends and family as he moves to loosen the lock with great trepidation.
The reasons why the outbreak in the UK was so deadly are also still not entirely understood. With this in mind, we expect a steady stream of criticism of government practices to continue until someone can find a plausible explanation.