This, of course, is said with the benefit of hindsight. Government modellers themselves acknowledge the data was "really quite poor" making it difficult to make a decision that would have significant repercussions. It is a point acknowledged by Prof Chris Whitty, the UK's chief medical adviser. Speaking in the summer he said there had been "very limited information" in early March.
As an introduction to a series on gun deaths in America, FiveThirtyEight uses a straightforward grid view to show the breakdowns. Each square represents a single gun death, and as you click through, the squares are colored to show various groups. For example, the above represents gun deaths from homicide in blue, about half of which are young men and two-thirds of that subgroup are black. Sometimes it's more useful to break the data down to its elements.
Massachusetts health officials on Tuesday reported 1,319 new coronavirus cases and 68 new virus deaths, as the state's total number of COVID-19 active cases kept dropping. The fewer cases on Monday and Tuesday come as the state reported significantly fewer tests. Case counts have plunged since the beginning of January. The seven-day average of confirmed cases is now 1,836, a drop from an average of 6,242 cases in the first week of January. Tuesday's 68 new virus deaths and two probable virus deaths brings the state's total recorded death toll to 15,124.
Two people have been arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of a three-year-old girl who was thrown from an inflatable trampoline. Ava-May Littleboy, from Somersham in Suffolk, died from a head injury after the incident on Gorleston beach in Norfolk on 1 July. A man and woman in their 40s, from Great Yarmouth, have been arrested in connection with the death. They are currently being questioned.