We use the NHS pathways data reporting potential COVID-19 cases in England. These data include all reports classified as ‘potential COVID-19 cases’ notified via calls to 111, 999, and 111-online systems. These data are not confirmed cases, and are subject to unknown reporting biases. They likely include a substantial fraction of ‘false positives’ (cases classified as potential COVID-19 which are in fact due to other illness), as well as under-reporting (true COVID-19 cases not reported). Last, as these data are using self-reporting, it is likely that individual perceptions as well as ease of access to the reporting platforms impact the observed numbers.
The NHS pathways data used on this website are publicly available from the NHS dashboard. We use a version in which additional and information (NHS regions) has been added, daily updated from Quentin Leclerc’s github repository.
Getting the latest data in R
You can get the latest version of these data using R by typing the following commands:
pathways <- tempfile() url <- paste0("https://github.com/qleclerc/nhs_pathways_report/", "raw/master/data/rds/pathways_latest.rds") download.file(url, pathways) pathways <- readRDS(pathways)