16,000 Covid test results got lost because the system uses Excel – 15 scathing takedowns

It recently emerged that almost 16,000 coronavirus test results had temporarily been lost due to a technical error.

What probably happened was that the full data set was sent via a type of file with unlimited capacity, but when the information was copied into Excel, the programme’s limit of either 65,536 or 1,048,576 rows – depending on the version – any excess rows were lost.

In this case, 15,841 test results effectively disappeared.

World beating.

No doubt there’ll be a full and sincere apology, accompanied by an immediate improvement to the way the system is run.

via Gfycat

Of course, it was too huge a cock-up – gaffe just isn’t strong enough – for Twitter to ignore, so here are the best reactions we spotted.

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