UK calls halt to data on number of people tested for Covid-19

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After ‘temporary pause’ in publishing figure, government makes decision permanent

The UK government has said it will no longer publish data on the number of individual people being tested for coronavirus, after five weeks of failing to release such daily statistics.

Downing Street said the decision had been taken because figures only count people having their first Covid-19 test, and as NHS and care staff can now often have regular tests, this could skew the statistics.

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