The Anonymous Widower

What Happened In Hackney On Friday?

These are total number of lab-confirmed cases of COVOD-19 in Hackney over the last few days.

  • 9th May – 622, 0
  • 10th May – 623, 1
  • 11th May 624, 1
  • 12th May – 624, 0
  • 13th May – 624, 0
  • 14th May – 626, 2
  • 15th May – 626, 0
  • 16th May – 637, 11

What happened on Friday?

You have to go back to the 21st of April to find a larger figure.

Could it be that the COVID-19 testers raided an illegal gathering, care home or a house with large numbers of people living in it, in close proximity?

Or could it be the fallout from the parties in Hackney Marshes and London Fields, last weekend, that were reported in Monday’s edition of The Times.

So do you reap, what you sow?

May 17, 2020 - Posted by | Health | ,


  1. Funny thing, stats.

    Is the date referencing the day rhe sample was taken or the day the labs finally did a bunch of tests (taken on various days)?

    That level of data cleansing and metadata definition is needed for accurate analysis and inference, and quite frankly there have been too many cases where the data has been found to have been massaged to fit a message to allow the likes of us any chance of an inference which stands up to argument.

    Comment by MilesT | May 17, 2020 | Reply

  2. Most interesting where is the data published on location of tests undertaken?

    Miles the daily national data is the aggregate of results tested but the date of the test can be days before especially with with the self administered postal tests

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | May 17, 2020 | Reply

    • No idea. All tests should be published as an anonymised database.

      Comment by AnonW | May 17, 2020 | Reply


        Im sure this is where you got it from but if not there are CSV files available at the bottom of the page. Quite interesting actually and im sure they should be using it to be a lot more cleaver about how they relax restrictions on a regional basis

        Comment by Nicholas Lewis | May 17, 2020

  3. The csv files used to be available as xlsx and gave history. But these are no longer there.

    Comment by AnonW | May 17, 2020 | Reply

  4. Maybe it was some of the towpath covidiots? I walked back to Camden from Broadway Market at the weekend. It’s the Wild East over there!

    Comment by Matthew | May 18, 2020 | Reply

  5. If you got infected at the weekend, and say felt ill on Tuesday, would you be tested, and have received the results on the following Friday?

    If there’s another spike next Friday, that will say, it’s some phenomena like that.

    I did find a report on the Daily Express of all places, that the Government aim is to get tests back in 48 hours, but some are taking 72.

    If it was your towpath covidiots, because not all would show the symptoms at the same rate and get tested on different days, it would not show such a definite spike.

    I think my original supposition could be likely. The testers found a hotspot and tested lots of people on the same day and rushed the samples to the test centre.

    Sadly, it could have been something like a funeral or a birthday party!

    We haven’t got enough data yet! If we get another similar spike on Friday, it’s a weekly phenomena!

    Comment by AnonW | May 18, 2020 | Reply

    • I think your theory is the more likely one. Thank you for allowing me to vent, though!

      Comment by Matthew | May 18, 2020 | Reply

  6. What an interesting theory

    Comment by R. | May 25, 2020 | Reply

  7. Look at the Hackney statistics on this post.

    Since the 16th of May, when we had the 11 cases, there has not been any daily count. that is higher than 3. Most are 0 and 1. The average is one per day.

    Comment by AnonW | May 25, 2020 | Reply

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