A very useful question from Hannah Al-Othman regarding C-19 testing


The presentation from Matthew Hancock yesterday has been for very obvious reasons largely focused on the PPE equipment that is needed to protect people working in the Hospitals and other settings. However another critical issue is the ability of the Government and its agencies to test who has got C-19 and as we know back on the 2nd April Matthew Hancock set out a target for 100,000 daily tests to take place by the end of April. As he explained at the time, there were 10,000 daily tests taking place at the time within the NHS on behalf of the Hospital testing and so yesterday he explained that the number of tests that had taken place on Thursday 9th April, which was a week after he set the target amounted to 19,116 across the UK. So given that he had explained about some new testing centres, Hannah Al-Othman of Buzzfeedasked “Mr Hancock, how exactly are you going to get from 19,000 to 100,000 tests by the end of the month” she went on to ask about the mega labs which had been part of his presentation and so in response Matthew Hancock spent a few moments explaining about the mega labs and the people he had met and the way in which some of them are working, however such issues were not very clear and then at the end of his response he stated “So I have set that goal of 100,000, we are working 24/7 to hit it and everyone can see the daily trajectory which has almost doubled since I set it and we’ve clearly got a lot of work to do to get to our 100,000 but we are on track”

Clearly the challenge to go from 10,000 daily tests to 19,116 was significant but to go from there to 100,000 each day is a much more substantial change and what seems unclear is what are the details that will enable us to meet this target. It may well be that his target is on track as he stated, perhaps if he had explained what the target for another week would be, then it would have given people something to grasp. In the absence of this we can only hope that in due course we will hear how well things are shifting.

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5 Responses to A very useful question from Hannah Al-Othman regarding C-19 testing

  1. Christine A says:

    Seems they are going to use “mega labs with volunteers working 24/7” – do we think they’re going to achieve this in 3 weeks or is it even the right way to be approaching it ?

  2. Robert Furber says:

    Haven’t ANYONE else noticed what I have? In ‘Pillar 1’ categories a ‘certain’ amount of ‘repeat’ testing is clinically required. I don’t understand why but I could intuitively perceive that that be a case.

    *However* has no-one noticed that
    – NO ‘Pillar 2’ person gets a 2nd Test ( I can’t work out why that be the case
    – In Pillar 1 category nearly FIFTY per cent of individuals require retesting

    We got brow beaten into looking at TOTAL NUMBER OF TESTS because ( 2 weeks ago ) we were really floundering on getting 8,000 ‘tests’ per day out.

    In order for lockdown to be lifted we need to reach one ( probably as high as three ) MILLION PEOPLE tested per week, so we can identify and isolate significant areas of infection. that would still take between 29 and 60 weeks to have covered the whole population. ( Am I beginning to depress you? Apologies )

    NUMBER of tests is a ‘Red Herring’. How many PEOPLE have been ‘RELIABLY’ tested ( whatever that means now ) is what matters. And it would pretty much like 40% – 50% have to be repeated to be reliable

    We got a L-O-N-G way to go yet. ( And I don’t the DHSC has woken itself up to what it is telling us in its numbers
    ( I’m a trained engineer, i’ve Spent my whole life looking st trends and asking ‘awkward’ questions of my operatives and managers. Pity journalists hadn’t developed numerate skills. ).

  3. Rob Furber says:

    My apologies for not noticing your reply until now
    here is the RAW data
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

    If you want to see TRENDS I can e-mail mine to you or else look on
    Facebook : Rob Furber
    Then search for #STATISTICSRTF

    DHCS is NOT providing graphical plots

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