What would the pandemic be without a good old-fashioned Tory numbers controversy?
Well, we’ll never have to know the answer to that question because Matt Hancock has found himself in the centre of a big row over allegedly reaching the government’s testing target of 100,000 a day by the end of April.
So what happened?
Hancock claimed he’d passed the goal at yesterday’s Downing Street press briefing, announcing 122,347 tests were provided in the 24 hours to 9am on 1 May.
WATCH: So many have played a part in helping exceed the national goal of 100,000 daily #coronavirus tests. Thank yo… https://t.co/5soH6vsXH6
Surely, the most accurate method would be simply counting the tests which were returned? And doesn’t this sudden change seem a bit coincidental the day before a testing deadline that the government was widely expected to miss? Also, even if this way of counting the tests is legitimate, it’s only been achieved for one day, once (“a day” is not “per day”...)
Questions, questions, questions...
Yes, it seems like from the makers of “50,000 more nurses” and “FactCheckUK” comes... “120,000 tests carried out”.
People on social media, including journalists from a variety of publications, were quick to point out the problem with the numbers.
Let’s now disaggregate this. The 122,000 total includes almost 40,000 tests posted to homes and patients in hospita… https://t.co/leiDBHWsyB