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Tens of thousands of coronavirus tests have been
double-counted, officials admit
Two samples taken from the same patient are being recorded as two
separate tests in the Government's official figures
By Mason Boycott-Owen and Paul Nuki, GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY EDITOR,
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Tens of thousands of Covid-19 tests have been double-counted in the
Government's official tally, public health officials have admitted.
Diagnostic tests which involve taking saliva and nasal samples from
the same patient are being counted as two tests, not one.
The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health
England each confirmed the double-counting.
This inflates the daily reported diagnostic test numbers by over 20
per cent, with that proportion being much higher earlier on in the
crisis before home test kits were added to the daily totals.
Almost 350,000 more tests have been reported in Government data
than people tested since the start of the pandemic.