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Expert reaction to latest data from the ONS COVID-19 Infection Survey

Posted On: 26 Sep 2021   |   Posted By: Science Media Centre

The Office for National Statistics have released the latest data from their COVID-19 Infection Survey.
Prof Kevin McConway, Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics, The Open University, said:
“The latest results from the ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey take the data forward to the week ending 17 July, so just under a week ago, though for some of their estimates, the latest available figures are for an earlier data. On the face of it, the bulletin seems not to tell us much that we didn't already know from the daily figures for new confirmed cases on the dashboard at coronavirus.data.gov.uk. Infections are rising across nearly all the country. But the dashboard figures can be biased, because they depend on the number of people who decide to be tested, or have to be tested because their work requires it or they need a test result in order to get into a location or venue. The types and numbers of people who are tested for those purposes can change over time, and it's possible that some changes in the...

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