rising like a phoenix
To clarify, they have been double counting tests carried out (e.g. nose swab & saliva swab from the same patient counted as two tests), most likely as part of the drive to get to 100,000 tests/day. No suggestion so far that this is has also fed through into the number of cases reported. In fact we are probably considerably underreporting cases given that most people with mild symptoms have been advised to stay at home & not try to get a test unless they are a key worker.The UK has been double-counting cases and inflating numbers of *********-19 positive cases by up to 20%.
I think this is a silly error rather than politically motivated, but I'm still in disbelief that something this basic could happen.