Fixes, Fiddles and Daily Figures

Did UK government ministers ‘downplay’ the COVID-19 peak?

The Guardian reports there were “nearly 1,500 deaths in one day”. This figure is higher than the daily COVID-19 measure. Sir David King said it was “an attempt to play down the adversity that the country was faced with”.

The front page article led to claims of ‘fixing’ and ‘fiddling’ the daily COVID-19 figures. This article examines these claims.

Differences in measures



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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.