THIS week the Mail published an expose by Ross Clark of the way No 10’s experts shamelessly manipulated data and drew biased conclusions to ‘terrify’ England into accepting a damaging new lockdown.
One chart presented at the Saturday press conference when Boris Johnson announced the lockdown purported to show that some hospitals now had more Covid-19 patients than at the peak of the first wave in the spring.
The chart gave the impression that hospitals were already close to overflowing. But it covered only the 29 worst affected hospitals, whereas the complete dataset includes a total of 482 NHS and private hospitals in England – at least 232 of which (and probably more as some entries were left blank) had not a single Covid-19 patient on October 27. There were many more examples, and you can read the full article here.
This was echoed by Lockdown Sceptics which revealed yesterday that hospital and ICU occupancy is normal for the time of year. Leaked data seen by the Telegraph shows that even in the peak in April, critical care beds were never more than 80 per cent full.
Lockdown Sceptics writes: ‘How welcome – finally – to have this information in the public domain. But why did it have to be leaked? Why is this crucial data not routinely made public? Why have all requests to release it from journalists and researchers been turned down or pointed towards making an FOI request (which takes weeks)?’
You can read the full article here.