Plymouth coronavirus cases rise as Government changes how positive tests are reported

    The total of confirmed cases in our city now stands at 654

    Plymouth has seen an increase of nearly 300 coronavirus cases after the Government changed how positive tests are reported.

    It is because they are now including tests conducted across all settings, known as pillars 1 and 2.

    Pillar 1 is for tests done as part of the Government's testing programme and pillar 2 is for ones conducted within the wider community.

    Before this, they had only included lab-confirmed cases from pillar 1 and at this time Plymouth had recorded 375 cases.

    Now our city's figure has increased to 654.

    The new methodology came into force at 9.45pm yesterday (2 July).

    A statement on the Government's website said:

    "The methodology for reporting positive cases changed on 2 July 2020 to remove duplicates within and across pillars 1 and 2, to ensure that a person who tests positive is only counted once.

    "Due to this change, and a revision of historical data in pillar 1, the cumulative total for positive cases is 30,302 lower than if you added the daily figure to yesterday’s total.

    "Numbers of lab-confirmed positive cases throughout this website now include those identified by testing in all settings (pillars 1 and 2)."

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