Cumulative Cases by Specimen Date

In the Public Health England dashboard, there is a table of confirmed cases by specimen date. Journalist Robert Peston (ITV) sounded on Twitter:

As you can see it makes no sense at all. There is weird repetition and none of the columns reconcile.

This article aims to make sense of what the data table shows.

Thinking about cumulative cases

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Anthony B. Masters

Anthony B. Masters

This blog looks at the use of statistics in Britain and beyond. It is written by RSS Statistical Ambassador and Chartered Statistician @anthonybmasters.