How could that be? Simples. Any home test ordered, and posted out to the requester, was counted. Hell, according to the Health Service Journal, just an agreement to mail out a home testing kit has also been counted in. The figures have been blatantly fiddled.A concerted disinformation effort was clearly called for, and who better to leave his conscience at the door but the Sun’s non-bullying political editor Tom Newton Dunn: “I understand Matt Hancock has hit his 100,000 tests a day target. By any account, this is a phenomenal achievement … Not just met, smashed. 122,347 tests carried out in the 24 hours up to 9am on May 1”. But 122,347 tests had NOT been carried out.telling anyone not yet asleep “Testing Target Smashed … Health secretary Matt Hancock has revealed that in the 24 hours up until 9am this morning, 122,347 coronavirus tests were carried out in the UK. This surpassed the Government’s target of achieving 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month, with an increase of more than 40,000 on yesterday. People said this couldn’t be done”. No they didn’t.
But remember, folks, this is a great British success story we’re talking about here. So be positive and upbeat. It is just 36 years since Nineteen Eighty Four.