Chief statistician warns that Government’s use of testing figures ‘falls well short’ of normal standards

In a letter to health secretary, Matt Hancock, the UK Statistics Authority chair Sir David Norgrove says that the government’s use of figures on coronavirus testing “falls well short” of normal standards. He warns that: “The aim seems to be to show the largest possible number of tests, even at the expense of understanding.”

Sir David Norgrove said it was “hard to believe” that the way the numbers are analysed and presented helped support the testing programme. And he said it was “not surprising” that the figures relied upon by Mr Hancock to bolster his claim of meeting high-profile testing targets were “so widely criticised and often mistrusted”.

Full story in The Independent, 2 June 2020