“You told me 240,000 people had been tested for COVID-19 on Monday, June 22. In fact, it was the number of tests, not the number of people tested. Would you like to admit you were wrong on that?”
Mr Sharma candidly explained: “Yes, I was wrong and I apologise for that, it was an inadvertent mistake if I can put it like that.
“I think that the reason the numbers of people have not come forward is that there is this small percentage of cases where people have been included more than once in the figures.
“And we are working with the UK statistics authority and looking at that.“But I think the key issue for very many people is ‘Can I go and get a test?’”