Professor Tim Spector who co-founded the ZOE Covid Symptom Study app has said he is “very suspicious” over the government’s data of daily cases.
On Wednesday the government’s figures said there was 27,734 positive cases in 24 hours, but there study has shown there is around “60,000 cases a day which are reported.
Professor Spector said of the roughly 60,000 people who had tested positive according to the ZOE data, 24,000 had received at least one dose of the vaccine, whilst 36,000 had no vaccinations.
The co-founder of the ZOE Covid symptom Study app said, “This 60,000 figure is still a lot of people, it’s one in 84 people roughly who have at any point in time still some infection or symptoms of the condition”.
Talking about the decline in cases in the data released by the Department of Health,
Professor Spector spoke of the decline in cases that was released by the Department of Health, he said, “It’s dropped something like 30% in two days, which is pretty much unheard of in pandemics, and remember this is happening without restrictions, without lockdowns, without some sudden event.
“To me, it looks a bit fishy.
“It looks as if there’s some other explanation for this other than suddenly the virus has given up.”
He added that the ZOE Symptom Study shows cases are rising, but the “dramatic drop” in government figures is one “which we haven’t seen before, even in the other waves and lockdowns.”
The ZOE app has more than four million global contributors who are entering information on symptoms, tests and vaccines which is also the world’s largest study of the virus.
The Professor said the app is the “only independent check on government data” and one of the possible explanations in the alleged decline in cases, are that there is less young people being tested for the virus.
Professor Spector said, “Looking at our own data, there’s a suggestion that we are seeing a reduction in the cases of the young and so they have been largely driving these figures for the last month or so, and that could be that less young people are getting tested.
“We are not able to easily get those government figures, but if the proportion of young people being tested is going down and older people is going up, that could explain this change.”
He further said that due to the pingdemic people are not get a test and do not want to be forced to self-isolate, this is also a “potential phenomenon that is upsetting the data.”
He added, “Keeping an open mind, we don’t know exactly what’s going on, just very suspicious of these dramatic changes and how they’ve occurred.”