Flawed comparisons between test and trace systems go viral

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Claims suggesting the system in England costs vastly more than those in Wales and Ireland uses incomparable figures.
Flawed comparisons between test and trace systems go viral

8 January 2021

What was claimed England's test and trace system cost £22 billion. Our verdict This was the amount allocated to Test and Trace for 2020/21 by the UK government but the actual level of spending has been lower than this. Also some of this money is spent in the other three UK nations. What was claimed Wales's test and trace system cost £102 million. Our verdict Incorrect. This was the amount allocated by the Welsh government, but the system in Wales is also part-funded by the UK government. What was claimed Ireland's test and trace system cost £775,000. Our verdict Incorrect. This was the cost of developing its contact tracing app. The whole test and trace programme is estimated to cost €700 million per year in Ireland. 1 of 3 claims

A post comparing the cost of Covid-19 test and trace systems in Wales, England and the Republic of Ireland has been going viral on social media.

We've looked at these sorts of claims before. They use uncomparable figures and are highly misleading.

Ireland

The post in question starts by claiming that "Irish Test and Trace cost £775,000".

This is not true. This…
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