If you were ever going to give the Tory government the benefit of the doubt, now is the time to abandon it.
You see, at around 5pm on May 1, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock told the world that he had not only hit his target of 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by April 30 – but exceeded it by 22,347. He was lying through his teeth.
After his announcement, we learned that 40,369 test kits – delivered to homes, hospitals or other NHS sites – were included in the total even though they are unlikely to have been used or sent back to a lab.
In fact, only 73,191 tests were known to have been carried out.
That leaves 8,787 for which there is no account at all.
Worse still, the 73,191 tests were not all carried out on different people. It seems only 54,575 people were actually known to have been tested.
Now, I’m pretty sure that – when Hancock boasted that he would achieve 100,000 tests a day by the end of April – a majority of the UK population expected him to mean 100,000 different people would be tested. If so, that was a naive hope.
The size of the lie is enormous. Instead of hitting 122 per cent of his target, Hancock managed only a meagre 54.6 per cent.
I’m convinced these facts would not have come out if This Writer and others had not piled on the pressure both before and during the May 1 daily press briefing. I personally sent 21 tweets on the subject.
Here are the figures:
As of 9am 1 May, there have been 1,023,824 tests, with 122,347 tests on 30 April.
762,279 people have been tested of which 177,454 tested positive.
As of 5pm on 30 April, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 27,510 have sadly died. pic.twitter.com/cbZ2M02TqS
— Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) May 1, 2020
The numbers: 39,753 lab tests. new lighthouse labs: 39,153 in drive-through centres etc. Home kits – 27,497 delivered. 12,872 delivered through satellite process. So the government DIDN'T hit its target of 100,000 tests being CARRIED OUT on April 30. #coronavirustesting
— Mike Sivier (@MidWalesMike) May 1, 2020
(I admit I missed one of the figures reeled out by today’s boffin John Newton, which is why those numbers don’t add up to 122,347.)
The no of PEOPLE tested in yesterdays figures was 54575. Whatever rubbish the Govt tell you. 55% of 100k target…
— 🔶Jonathan Banks🔶 Parliamentary spokes RNP (@Jonathan_MBanks) May 1, 2020
The public response to this pathetic attempt at wholesale deception has been predictable: outrage.
I won’t subject you to the worst of it – just the wittiest:
Very pleased to announce that I have exceeded my target of writing 100,000 books, if you include books I haven't yet written.
— Adam Kay (@amateuradam) May 1, 2020
Tories confirm carrying out 122,000 covid tests in a day is just a warm up for filling 40 figment of the imagination hospitals with 30,000 pretend nurses
— Politickled (@Politickled1) May 1, 2020
There’s no point expecting an apology from Matt Hancock.
He refused to apologise to the son of an NHS doctor who died of the coronavirus because Hancock’s Tory government couldn’t be bothered to ensure he had enough personal protective equipment, and he refused to apologise to the relatives of elderly care home residents who also died of the coronavirus, so he’s not going to apologise about this.
In any case, an apology is not appropriate.
For this, we require his resignation.
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