You asked

FOI Ref: ​FOI/2021/2579

I have noticed that on some days the total number of COVID-19 cases published on the government website ( does not seem to reflect the total number of cases reported that day.

Can you explain this please? Why is there a difference which seems to be always less? The figure seems to be thousands less?

We said

Thank you for your request.

Unfortunately, we only hold figures we generate from the COVID-19 Infection Survey and are not responsible for the data published on the website. Therefore, we do not hold the specific information requested.  The data on the government website is published by Public Health England (PHE) and they may be able to assist you further. PHE can be contacted at