RBWM: Spike in COVID-19 num­bers ‘not new cases’

Windsor & Eton Express - - News & Family Announceme­nts -

ROYAL BOR­OUGH: An ap­par­ent spike in the num­ber of COVID-19 cases in the bor­ough is not due to a sud­den surge of peo­ple fall­ing ill, the Royal Bor­ough has con­firmed – it is the re­sult of a change in the mea­sur­ing sys­tem.

Be­tween Thurs­day and Fri­day last week, the num­ber of con­firmed cases in the bor­ough ap­peared to jump from 312 to 399. How­ever, the coun­cil has stated that this does not re­flect a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in cases.

Un­til last week of­fi­cial num­bers of COVID-19 cases in­cluded only swab tests car­ried out in Pub­lic Health Eng­land labs and NHS hos­pi­tal set­tings. This is known as ‘Pil­lar 1’ data.

Re­cently, of­fi­cial fig­ures have also started in­clud­ing data from swab tests car­ried out in the com­mu­nity, such as care homes. This is ‘Pil­lar 2’ data.

On Thurs­day, July 2, data pub­lished through the Gov­ern­ment’s of­fi­cial pub­lic records on coronaviru­s.data. gov.uk changed to in­clude cases con­firmed through Pil­lar 1 and Pil­lar 2 test­ing com­bined.

There were 401 con­firmed cases of COVID-19 in the bor­ough, at the time of go­ing to print.

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