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Best practices for governments reporting COVID-19 testing data

Data on testing cannot be used well without an understanding of what the published figures actually mean. A number, in the absence of a description, tells us nothing.

This is all the more important given differences across countries in the way testing data is collected, aggregated and presented. In different countries figures may relate to the number of people tested or the number of tests performed; they may include or exclude tests pending results; achieve different degrees of coverage in…


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