Sorry, zero Covid case figure for Milton Keynes was a MISTAKE, says the government

There's actually been 13 new cases today

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 5:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 5:14 pm

A change in the way the government records Covid figures led to a zero case count for Milton Keynes today.

Sadly, it wasn't true - and there have actually been 13 new cases recorded here in the past 24 hours.

This is an increase on yesterdays's figure of eight cases and it is not know how many, if any, are of the Indian variant.

13 new cases today in MK

Nationally figures have also changed and almost 5,000 cases have been 'removed' throughout the UK.

A government spokesman said: ".The introduction of a new system disrupted the removal of cases where a positive rapid lateral flow test (LFD) was followed by all negative laboratory (PCR) tests taken within 3 days. Therefore 4,776 additional cases have been removed today. Regions and local authorities do not show the actual number of new cases reported. UK and England numbers of newly reported cases have been adjusted and correctly reflect new cases reported."

Government figures show MK's seven day infection rate today stands ar 21.5 cases per 100,000 people. This compares to the UK average of 22.

Nationally, there have been 2,412 new cases and seven deaths over the past 24 hours.

Throughout the UK 36,811,405 people have now had their first Covid vaccine and 20,546,452 have also received their second dose.