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Thanks for the dashboard, but I think the charts need a little explanation.

I've seen many people take the drop in numbers for the last few days in the "Daily number of lab-confirmed cases in England by specimen date" chart as proof that the pandemic is over:

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That's not the case. Instead, the reason is presumably that there is a reporting lag. Perhaps the last few days could be marked as having incomplete data?

There's also a weekly variation in the charts, presumably due to increased lag on weekends. Perhaps weekends could be highlighted on the charts?

I feel the Financial Times Coronavirus tracker does a great job on explaining the charts, for example using a 7-day rolling average to address reporting lag.

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Thanks, looks great.

useful!

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