Problems with media reporting of covid-19

Some media reporting has been very misleading

One example is Tweets by Andrew Neil, Chairman of the Spectator. As a prominent journalist and commentator, it is very poor that he has persistently misreported covid-19 statistics.

Case 1
The 7-day moving average covid-19 reported cases from Sweden were:
Oct 10: 611
Oct 17: 781
i.e. up 28% in the week

But Andrew Neil misreported a 23% decrease by using incomplete data in his Tweet of 18 October.
The actual picture from Sweden is of a steady increase in cases:

Andrew Neil's error in calculating his "7-day average" was to include two days where figures had not yet been reported and another day where figures were incomplete.

Case 2
The error in case 1 is part of a series of similar errors, comparing a full 7 days of data with 5 days of data. He had done the same the previous week, and despite the error being pointed out, he repeated it again on 21 Oct, together with a dismissive "Remind me what all the fuss was about with my earlier post?" [1].

Case 3
On 19 October, Andrew Neill Tweeted that
"Ireland's average daily death toll from Covid has been 1 since mid-June".

It is wrong that he is making misleading comments like this when Ireland's reported deaths are steadily increasing:

Media reporting has not highlighted the best in the world

There are some great success stories, but there have been few reports about them.

Media scrutiny of the Government has been poor

[1]Andrew Neil Tweet (21 Oct 2020)

First published: 21 Oct 2020
Last updated: 3 Nov 2020