A further 161 deaths due to COVID-19 and 51,342 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours, while there have now been 339,861 infections in the last 7 days, the highest 7-day total since 16 January 2021 at the peak of the second wave of infections.

First published in December 2021.

📆 #TodayInCOVID
Summary 8-Dec-2021

▪ 24h: 51,342
▪ 7 days: 339,861Highest since 16 Jan
▪ 28 days: 1,221,046Highest since 29 Jan
▪ Average: 48,552 cases / dayHighest since 16 Jan

🚨 Estimated cases (King’s College/Zoe): 83,658 cases
🚨 5,211,197 infections since 19 July (“Freedom Day”)

▪ 24h: 729
▪ 7 days: 5,385
▪ 28 days: 22,907

▪ 24h: 7,317
▪ 7 days: 51,079
▪ 28 days: 221,215

▪ 24h: 880
▪ 7 days: 6,248
▪ 28 days: 25,995

▪ 24h: 161
▪ 7 days: 847
▪ 28 days: 3,649
▪ Average: 121 deaths / day
🚨 17,137 deaths since 19 July (“Freedom Day”)

🚨 1,200,000 cases
🚨 1 in 50 people live with long COVID

↗️ Increasing | ↘️ Decreasing | ↔️ Unchanged | 🚨 Worsening

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  • 51,342 new UK coronavirus infections in 24 hours.
  • The total number of coronavirus infections reported in the last 7 days was 339,861 while in the last 28 days 1,221,046 infections have been reported.
  • 847 deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in the last 7 days.
  • The number of deaths in the past week equates on average to around 121 deaths each of the past 7 days. If this was to be the “new normal” for daily deaths caused by Covid-19, then annually this would equate to around 44,165 deaths. There really is nothing normal or acceptable about this potential level of annual deaths.
  • 3,649 deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported in the UK in the last 28 days.
  • 729 Covid-19 hospital admissions occurred on 4 December 2021 – according to the latest health care data for the UK as a whole.
  • 7,317 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds as of 7 December 2021.
  • 880 Covid-19 patients are occupying mechanical ventilation beds – according to the data reported on 07 December 2021.
  • All three of the healthcare measures [above] remain a continuing concern for our now seriously under-pressure NHS.


  • 678 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain (31 January 2020).
  • 642 days since the first reported death (7 March 2020). Coronavirus has now been responsible for infecting over 10.6 million people (10,610,958 reported, to be precise) in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data).
  • In this time, the virus has been responsible for at least 145,987 deaths (within 28 days of a first positive test result). Official data also currently indicate there have been 170,001 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 26 November 2021, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

Note: The data for deaths attributed to COVID-19 – each following a reported positive test result for COVID-19 within 28 days of their death.

(Source: UK Health Security Agency)


  • COVID-19 response: England will move to Plan B

The government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. Find out what you must do to help prevent the spread.

  • New rules in response to Omicron variant

You must wear a face-covering in shops and on public transport. Face coverings should be worn in communal areas of universities, colleges and schools by staff, visitors and pupils or students in year 7 and above.

If you’re travelling to England from abroad you must take a PCR test before the end of day 2 following your arrival and self-isolate until you get a negative test result, even if you’re fully vaccinated.

If you’re a contact of someone who may have been infected with the Omicron variant, you must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of your age, vaccination status or any negative test results.

  • Vaccinations for 12 to 17-year-olds

All young people aged 16 and 17 will soon be able to book their second vaccine dose from 12 weeks after their first one.

All young people aged 12 to 15 can now book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment online.

  • Booster vaccines

People aged 40 to 49 can now book a booster of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine 6 months after their second dose. Book your vaccination appointment online or find a walk-in clinic.

Note: NHS England said that the National Booking System will open for those aged 40-49 who had their second dose at least 152 days (5 months) earlier to book their third jab from 22 November – although appointments won’t take place until at least 182 days (six months) after the second dose.

  • Changes to the red list for international travel, this guidance applies to

Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia have all moved to the travel red list. You can only enter England from these countries if you are a UK or Irish resident. You must quarantine in a managed hotel on arrival and take 2 COVID-19 tests.


  • Booster vaccines

If you are eligible, you will be offered a booster vaccine 6 months after your second dose by your GP. If you are 50 or over, you can also contact a local community pharmacy to book an appointment.

  • First dose vaccinations for young people

All young people aged 12 to 15 can now get a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Changes to the red list for international travel , this guidance applies to

South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia are now on the travel red list. If you arrive in Northern Ireland before 4am on 28 November, you must quarantine at the place you say you’re staying on your passenger locator form and take day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. If you arrive after then, you must book and stay in a managed quarantine hotel.


  • COVID-19 vaccinations for young people

All young people aged 12 to 17 will be invited to an appointment or can attend a drop-in clinic to get their vaccine. Find out more on NHS inform.

  • Vaccine certification required for late-night venues and large events

You now need to show proof that you’re fully vaccinated using either the NHS Scotland COVID Status app, a paper copy of your vaccination record, or proof that you’re exempt, to enter late-night venues and large events. Find out more on GOV.SCOT.


  • NHS COVID Pass

From 15 November, if you are over 18, you must show the NHS COVID Pass to enter theatres, cinemas and concert halls in Wales.

  • Booster vaccines

If you’re eligible, you will be offered a booster vaccine at least 6 months after your second dose. Booster doses are being given in priority order.

  • Self-isolate if someone in your household has symptoms

If someone in your household has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19, you should self-isolate and get a PCR test. If you’re not fully vaccinated and over 17, self-isolate for 10 days and take a test on days 2 and 8. Children under 5 do not need to self-isolate. Read the complete self-isolation rules on GOV.WALES.

  • First dose vaccinations for young people

All young people aged 12 to 15 can now get a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Changes to the red list for international travel, this guidance applies to

South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia are now on the travel red list. You cannot enter Wales if you have been in a red list country in the last 10 days. You must book and stay in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days and take PCR tests on day 2 and day 8.

(Source: Gov.uk)

  • Young adults did not recover from coronavirus pandemic anxiety

According to the ONS, “while most well-being measures had recovered to pre-COVID-19 levels by spring 2021, anxiety levels remained very high among those aged 20 to 24 years.

Between April and June 2021, anxiety levels in this age group were much higher than the national average (3.56 compared with 3.04 out of 10 respectively).

This is a reversal of the usual trend; anxiety levels are usually highest in middle age (between 45 and 59 years).”

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■ 🧬 Omicron variant detection

■ 🧬 COG-UK sequencing

(Source: COG-UK)

■ 🧬 UKHSA genomically confirmed case numbers

(Source: UK Health Security Agency)

📈 UK COVID-19 data

■ 🧮 Full Data

Covid-19 UK Data: First UK Lockdown to 8 December 2021.

(Source: UK Health Security Agency)

■ 🧮 Case & Death Totals
🦠 10,610,958 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️ 145,987 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result
🕯️ 170,001 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes– Registered up to Friday 26 November 2021

■ 🕯️ New COVID Cases in the World

■ 🕯️ Total COVID Cases in the World

■ 🕯️ New COVID Deaths in the World

■ 🕯️ Total COVID Deaths in the World

💉 Vaccination UK

💉 Vaccine Doses

(Source: UK Health Security Agency + NHS England)

💉 Booster & Third Doses

💉 Vaccination of Children 12-15

(Source: UK Health Security Agency + Public Health Wales
+ Public Health Scotland + HSC NI + ONS)

Note: Data cross-referenced with the latest official data from the UK dashboard.

Estimated ®️ Number

(Sources: UK Health Security Agency + Welsh Government
+ Scottish Government + N-I Ministry of Health)

Population Testing Positive for COVID-19

(Source: ONS)

Number of contact tracing alerts sent (England & Wales)

(Source: NHS)

Stringency Index

(Source: University of Oxford)

PMP Magazine

📚 Data Sources:

PMP Xtra

Total UK population: 67,081,234 (last year: 66,796,800), via ONS (subject to changes in population over the year). These figures were updated on 25 June 2021.

● Adult population (aged 18 and above) = 52,890,044 (last year: 52,673,433)
● Population aged 16 and above = 54,353,665 (last year: 54,098,971)
● Population aged 11 and above = 58,325,411 (last year: 57,975,918)
● Population aged 5 and above = 63,298,904 (last year: 62,939,544)

(Source ▪ ONS)

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🗃️ Sources: @CovidGenomicsUK | @UKHSA | @ONS

🧮 Special thanks: @JoePajak & #NHS


Dr Joe Pajak, PhD in physical chemistry: exploring the data, governor of an NHS FT hospital.
J.N. PAQUET, Author & Journalist, Editor of PMP Magazine.


  • Text: This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 8 December 2021. | The authors write in a personal capacity.
  • Data cross-referenced with the latest official data from the UK dashboard.
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