Dido Harding Goes in to Self Isolation

Test and Trace boss Dido Harding has today joined the dozen Tory MPs in self isolation after being pinged by her own app. She will become one of a minority of people who were pinged to actually abide by their quarantine. In September a comprehensive KCL study found incredibly low adherence to self isolation, especially for those without symptoms. Now that both the PM and Test and Trace boss have been taken down by the blunt instrument of isolation, perhaps the Government will finally enable early release through testing…

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Spreadsheet Capacity Limit Cause of ‘Lost’ 16,000 Covid Test Results

In scenes straight from The Thick of It, the source of the massive Covid stats cock-up revealed late last night has been revealed as DHSC’s use of Microsoft Excel as the data repository. Yesterday evening it emerged 16,000 Coronavirus cases had been missed off the daily figures due to an “IT error”, however details have now come to light that the IT error in question was as simple as the central Excel spreadsheet reaching its maximum file size:

“The extraordinary meltdown is believed to have been caused by an Excel spreadsheet containing lab results reaching its maximum size, and failing to update.”

Apparently “The technical issue has now been resolved by splitting the Excel files into batches”. Dido will be worried this leads to his colleagues continuing to spreadsheet behind her back…

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Dido Harding Blames SAGE for Testing Target Underestimation

Head of NHS Test and Trace and soon-to-be head of the new National Institute for Health Protection quango Dido Harding came under sharp questioning today from the Science and Technology Committee in the midst of the testing shortage. Chairman Greg Clark asked Harding who came up with the clearly incorrect anticipated demand for tests for this period that was so clearly wrong. Her definitive answer? SAGE…

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