Sunday mornings in the UK are good for 2 things, reruns of Saturday kitchen and politics. Micheal Gove MP appeared on this morning’s ‘Andrew Marr Show’ to receive a ‘grilling’ from BBC’s Sunday Journalist. The interview focused on what Government need to do to bring an end to the UK’s COVID19 Lockdown. Much like the previous 5 weeks so Gove asserted that Government has plenty of PPE, with more coming.
Gove referenced a shipment of 84 tons of PPE making its way to the UK from Turkey that would help ease the pressure. Later in the day, it was announced that the shipment had been delayed.
The discussion moved onto the Governments plans on testing and contact tracing with Gove refusing to give any dates or confirmations. It’s the belief of the WHO (and me) that testing and contact tracing can isolate and help us beat Coronavirus.
It was at this early point in the interview where things began to fall apart. Marr pressed Gove on the Governments testing statistics, and the target of 100k people tested per-day. Sadly, in his opening questions on testing, Andrew Marr cited the Governments incorrect and misleading statistics. (this is what the video shows). In the question, we hear Marr stating that on Friday (17th) the Department of Health tested 21000 people. The statistics released the department of Health clearly show that only 15472 people were tested for COVID-19.
How can we trust what is happening when Government report incorrect stats?
It was on the 6th of April that the amplification of the Coronavirus testing statistics began. The Department of Health conflated the “people tested” and “tests” statistics, then used this to incorrectly report the higher number. Up until the 6th of April, Government had used the “people tested” statistic.
As of 19th April, the incorrect statistic “tests” was 100K higher than “people tested” stat the Department of Health had previously reported. The Department of Health has never confirmed what “tests” refer to. If Government wants the public to believe them, they need to show is they can be trusted!
It is because of this constant stream of inconsistencies that people have lost faith in Boris Johnsons Government.
I regularly read these sites, give them a try!
Byline Times – The best Coronavirus reporting
Zelo Street blog – A great political chat blog.