Daily Covid dashboard updates could be facing axe as testing is scaled down – iNews

Daily updates on the online UK Covid dashboard could be facing the axe as free Covid tests are phased out.
While Mr Johnson did not detail the change in the Commons, his Living with Covid plan reveals the Gov.uk dashboard would be kept under review to ensure its data remains “useful and relevant” as testing is scaled back.
Established at the start of the pandemic, the dashboard has been used to provide daily updates on Covid cases and deaths in all parts of the UK, offering national and local data.
It has since become the most-visited UK Government website of all time, and has evolved over time to also include data on hospital capacity and vaccinations.
However, data on testing and deaths – which is currently contingent upon people receiving a positive Covid test in the 28 days before their death – could be severely impacted by the elimination of free tests.
Mr Johnson’s plan confirms: “As testing reduces and the Government’s approach to managing Covid-19 further evolves, the UK Health Security Agency will keep the content and frequency of reporting on Covid-19 under close review – including the Gov.uk Dashboard – to ensure that statistics are being produced with the appropriate level of quality and transparency, and remain useful and relevant as per the Code of Practice for Statistics.”
The confirmation comes after Whitehall sources told i last month that Mr Johnson wanted to end daily updates on the dashboard by mid-April “at the latest”.
A senior source told i: “The Prime Minister has pencilled in Easter as the latest date by which the daily Covid statistics will be published in their current form. In an ideal situation, he will bring an end to them sooner if the current downward trend in deaths continues.”
The UK Health Security Agency declined to further comment.
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