Testing Figures

What are the figures for SARS-CoV-2 testing in the UK?

Like other COVID-19 figures, there are nuances in definitions for testing.

This article discusses measuring total tests and people tested in the UK.

Testing pillars

The UK government has four different ‘pillars’ of tests for SARS-CoV-2 and antibodies. This is the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease:

  • Pillar 1: swab tests by Public Health England labs and NHS hospitals. These tests are for people…



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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.