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Testing here in Shrewsbury seems very efficient now at least. Booked tests online on Sunday night. Tested on Monday late morning. Got results at 7 p.m same day. Thankfully negative.

Plenty of testing slots available for next day.

 

 

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If you’re in Leicester & you think you’ve got Covid-19 you’re still allowed to drive to Durham with your family, right?

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How else would you test your eyesight?

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It would appear while getting tested is finally fixed, getting the results to the local health authority is not yet sorted.

FT - Leicester lockdown exposes lack of local Covid testing data

According to published data for Leicester, the city recorded just 80 new positive tests between June 13-26. But, in announcing the decision to tighten the lockdown in Leicester, closing non-essential shops and ordering schools to shut to all non-key worker pupils by Thursday, health secretary Matt Hancock revealed that there were in fact 944.

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Here are two charts. One for daily new cases and the other for daily deaths.

The US is breaking the record for new cases every day. It is too early to see the resulting deaths. It is the third from the top at the right margin. Also the fastest growing. Death rates will start climbing in one or two weeks. On that chart they are the 6th from the top at the right margin.

The UK seems to have the pandemic under control. 8th from the top in new cases and death rates 5th from the top, which is a tad higher than the US. Interesting that the UK 

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If the Leicester Labour mayor can repeatedly ignore the lock down then how do you expect others to take any notice of the guidance.

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Looks like the blame should not be directed towards the locals in Leicester

FT - Leicester lessons should be quickly absorbed

The Leicester shutdown has been driven by central government when it should have been led locally. Communication has been shabby. Government ministers were talking 10 days ago of a surge in the city and possible reimposition of tougher restrictions — without, apparently, consulting local leaders. Peter Soulsby, the city mayor, said he was finally emailed “cobbled together” recommendations from Whitehall in the middle of the night. City authorities knew deaths and hospital admissions figures were creeping up but could only cross-reference these with testing data when the central government finally provided it, after days of pleading.

Obvious local economic impacts are also an issue, seems like local support should be a no brainer but we shall see what happens.

FT - Little patience in Leicester as Johnson calls for ‘forbearance’

“When there was a national lockdown, there was a national response. Now we have a local lockdown, we need local support,” said Chris Hobson, policy director for the East Midlands Chamber, “Otherwise we risk a two-tier recovery and Leicester being left behind.”

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So a reasonable question might be why the private contractors doing all this testing for the Government are not reporting the results to the local authorities.

Well, that would be because they were not required to by the contract the Government put in place Banghead

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The Government is not publishing or releasing to local authorities all the data they have.

They release the data shown in blue, that in red has to be sought out.

Today is the first time I have heard of Pillar 1, Pillar 2 testing.  Only Pillar 1 is publicised.

From https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-data-methodology/covid-19-testing-data-methodology-note

Tests in the UK are carried out through a number of different routes:

Pillar 1: swab testing in Public Health England (PHE) labs and NHS hospitals for those with a clinical need, and health and care workers
Pillar 2: swab testing for the wider population, as set out in government guidance
Pillar 3: serology testing to show if people have antibodies from having had COVID-19
Pillar 4: serology and swab testing for national surveillance supported by PHE, ONS, Biobank, universities and other partners to learn more about the prevalence and spread of the virus and for other testing research purposes, for example on the accuracy and ease of use of home testing

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Public Health Wales provide combined pillar 1 and pillar 2 data.

Pillar 2 data for the UK (excluding Wales) is collected by commercial partners.

Pillar 3 data is provided for England by NHS England and Improvement (NHSEI).

Pillar 4 data is collected by the NHS, PHE, and individual research study leads for the UK.

Rochdale, Doncaster & Bradford have, apparently suffered rises in infections.

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