The Home Secretary was visibly nervous as she addressed the nation during the daily coronavirus briefing. Ms Patel mistakenly said that there had been “three hundred thousand and thirty four, nine hundred and seventy four thousand” coronavirus tests in Britain.
Ms Patel said: “I can report through the Government’s ongoing monitoring and testing programme that as of 9am today there have been three hundred thousand and thirty four, nine hundred and seventy four thousand tests carried out across the UK excluding Northern Ireland.
“Of these 78,991 have tested positive.
“20,101 patients are currently in hospital in Great Britain have already tested positive.
“Sadly 9,875 people have now died.
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Priti Patel has been the Home Secretary since 2019
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“That is an increase of 917 on yesterday.”
Some viewers took to social media to discuss the Home Secretary’s mistake.
One Twitter user said: “Reassured that there have been three hundred thousand, thirty four, nine hundred and seventy four thousand tests carried out so far. Far less reassured by Priti Patel‘s grasp of numbers.”
Another tweeted: “I’m confused about what number she was trying to read.”
At the time of writing, Britain has the 7th highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.
The UK has more than 78,000 cases in total.
The death toll in Britain is currently higher than 9,800.
A total of 344 people have recovered from the virus in the UK.
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Worldwide there have been more than 1,700,000 COVID-19 cases.
The death toll has reached more than 104,000 at the time of writing.
More than 390,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.
The United States has the highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 505,000 confirmed cases.