Teenage covid stats whiz Lloyd brings daily updates to an end
A teenage stats whiz who has been keeping Wales updated with the latest Covid-19 figures since March of last year has announced that he’s bringing his daily bulletin to an end.
Lloyd Warburton said he would stop posting on Friday as the infection rates were “consistently low” and a single day’s reporting could “cause unnecessary worry”.
After 430 days of posting Covid updates, he said that he would only post weekly updates from now on but may return to posting daily should the pandemic go “pear-shaped”.
He added that the “support has been incredible since the beginning” and that he “would like thank everyone who has shared my work”.
The Ysgol Penglais pupil became an internet “statistics sensation” after spending the pandemic creating a coronavirus stats website, amassing over 23,000 followers.
In December of last year he won an award for his work from the S4C show Dathlu Dewrder (Celebrating Bravery).
“Throughout the last 15 months, I have posted over 430 daily updates on the COVID-19 situation in Wales,” he said.
“The sheer volume of support has been incredible since the beginning, so I would like thank everyone who has shared my work, sent a message of support or even donated to me. It is massively appreciated.
“I feel that the time is right to discontinue the daily COVID-19 updates, since the infection rates are consistently low, there is little variation in the trends and a single day’s reporting can cause unnecessary worry. That is why this Friday will be the final daily COVID-19 update I post.
“From then on, I will post a more detailed weekly update on Saturdays. I will continue to update the coronaviruscymru.wales website 6 days a week until at least the 28th of June, including ONS deaths and vaccination figures.”
— Lloyd Warburton🏴 (@LloydCymru) June 1, 2021
He added: “I’ll also tweet any significant or interesting things I find in the data, whenever I find anything. I will also start sharing non-Covid data, which should hopefully be more interesting and positive.
“If the Covid situation goes pear-shaped again, I will consider going back to more regular updates, but hopefully it won’t get to that point.
“This will also be a good opportunity for me to prepare both academically and mentally for my final year of A levels, and to consider what to do next with my life once I’m finished in sixth form!
“Diolch o galon, Lloyd.”