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Prof Newton confirmed that officials from Matt Hancock’s health department had advised Public Health England to count postal tests from when they were sent out not when they were returned.
He told the science committee:
The way tests were counted was discussed with officials in the Department of Health and we were advised by the officials in the Department of Health of an appropriate method of counting the tests and that’s what we did.
They advised us, absolutely yes.
Croydon police have reported another spitting incident which will fuel fears that such behaviour is being “weaponised” against front line workers.
Officers from #Croydon responded to a home invasion this morning. When officers have arrived on scene, the male was detained however refused to comply with police, which resulted in him spitting in an officers face. Arrested – Attempted Burglary, Criminal Damage & Assault pic.twitter.com/QVIULiccYg