Covid - 19 statistics

Rosalind Kellett made this Freedom of Information request to Public Health England

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Dear Public Health England,

Given that Covid - 19 is a notifiable infectious disease, please explain why government and public health statistics report that there were 33,364 new cases of Covid -19 on 20 December 2020 alone, yet for the entire week ended 20 December 2020, only 50 new cases were reported by Public Health England to NOIDS (notifications of infectious diseases).

Yours faithfully,

R Kellett

FOI, Public Health England

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Amanda Johnstone left an annotation ()

Dear Rosalind

Please refer to the annotation I added under your other FOI request wrt NOID's data, as it may help you understand how the UKG derive their C-19 weekly totals.

Not justifying it, merely saying how it is.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...

Regards
Amanda Johnstone

FOI, Public Health England

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Dear R Kellett,

Please find attached Public Health England's response to your request. Please accept our apologies for the delay in our response. PHE has been dealing with a high volume of requests due to the pandemic.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team
Public Accountability Unit
Public Health England
[Public Health England request email]
www.gov.uk/phe Follow us on Twitter @PHE uk

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