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    Shitty company. There are about 200 suppliers listed on the Gov.U.K. Website, most of the testing seems to be done by a company called Oncologica

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      Bugger. Thought it probably would be, but I had a little piece of hope.

      Thanks Nef for the info

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        India has now reported more Covid-19 deaths than Mexico, the third highest death total in the world (though still 115th in terms of deaths reported per million population).

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          https://twitter.com/ryanstruyk/status/1388920330979266568

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            Gyms reopen in Wales today. 30 people queued up to go swimming at midnight at a pool in Swansea.

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              Europe is the first continent to have reported more than one million deaths from Covid-19.

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                Asia has overtaken North America in terms of total numbers of cases and has now reported over 40 million cases of Covid-19.

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                  India is the second country to exceed 20 mom confirmed cases of Covid-19. USA was the first, and its current total is over 33 million confirmed cases of Covid-19.

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                    The number of confirmed deaths from Covid-19 in the USA, 591,000+, now exceeds the population of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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                      New Jersey has more recorded over one million confirmed cases of Covid-19.

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                        Only one death from COVID registered in the UK in the last 24-hour period. Weekend plus public holiday, I know, but still terrific news, (unless you knew the one fatality of course!)

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                          The official global Covid-19 death toll of 3.227 million+ is now higher than the population of Mongolia.

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                            Originally posted by Balderdasha View Post
                            The official global Covid-19 death toll of 3.227 million+ is now higher than the population of Mongolia.
                            That's now also more than the population of either Wales or Greater Manchester then, for examples I find easier to conceptualize.

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                              Worryingly, Bromley's rate has doubled in the last couple of weeks. From a really low number admittedly, but still.
                              It's gone from 7/100k to 15/100k.
                              Like I say, low numbers but it means 51 cases in a week rather than 23.

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                                Is anyone else still unvaccinated and starting to get really fed up of peer pressure to start socialising just because it's legal?

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                                  LA County went two days in a row with no new COVID deaths. Could be reporting delays because of the weekend, but still hasn't been seen in a very long time.

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                                    The USA has just exceeded 10% of its population having tested positive for Covid-19.

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                                      UNICEF have been sending out emergency appeal emails daily for the last few days about the situation in India.

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                                        India had its highest Covid-19 death toll yesterday of 3,786.

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                                          Peru has overtaken the UK in terms of Covid-19 deaths per million population.

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                                            I wonder if, after all this is over (or as close to "over" as it's going to get), there will be a serious attempt to get a reasonably sound estimate of the true levels of COVID deaths and cases around the world, in particular in the countries which, for all kinds of different reasons, have been massively under-reporting. The true ordering of countries by per capita deaths would look quite different from the one based on official stats I believe.

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                                              There will almost definitely be attempts to work out the true death toll, but I don't know how accurate they'll be able to be. Based on the number of countries that are believed to be underreporting deaths, I would guess that the current true death toll worldwide is closer to five million, rather than the official current total of 3.243 million+.

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                                                Originally posted by Evariste Euler Gauss View Post
                                                I wonder if, after all this is over (or as close to "over" as it's going to get), there will be a serious attempt to get a reasonably sound estimate of the true levels of COVID deaths and cases around the world, in particular in the countries which, for all kinds of different reasons, have been massively under-reporting. The true ordering of countries by per capita deaths would look quite different from the one based on official stats I believe.

                                                Absolutely. I take the mortality figures with a huge pinch of salt. Comparing against the expected deaths statistics would probably be the best way to gauge the true impact of the virus, but I'm not sure how reliable even those figures are on a global basis.

                                                Incidentally I'm as interested in the virus statistics as the next man, perhaps more so, but I frequently have to check myself when I think that I'm starting to look at the numbers like a football table or cricket averages. I'm often far more detached than I really should be. The real value of any analysis of the figures is to spot epidemiological trends that can be acted upon or highlight good or bad practice in mitigation measures or treatment.

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                                                  https://twitter.com/miamalan/status/1389566723330908163?s=19

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                                                    Originally posted by Nocturnal Submission View Post

                                                    Incidentally I'm as interested in the virus statistics as the next man, perhaps more so, but I frequently have to check myself when I think that I'm starting to look at the numbers like a football table or cricket averages. I'm often far more detached than I really should be. .
                                                    I wouldn't be too hard on yourself. Trying to be objective helps prevent us from.getting overwhelmed by it all. (I know what you mean about figures though)

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