Dear Ed,

We continue to review many aspects of statistical production and publication with regards to informing measures to respond COVID-19.

The latest results of the COVID-19 Infection Survey were published at 11am today, brought forward from the originally scheduled 12pm publication time. This was discussed and agreed between ONS and the OSR before the publication. The decision was made as part of understanding emerging operational requirements for the latest evidence on COVID-19 infection rates and incidence.

We anticipate that forthcoming weekly publications of results from the COVID-19 Infection Survey will be at 12pm.

Yours sincerely


Iain Bell

Deputy National Statistician and Director General, Population and Public Policy

Office for National Statistics


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