A further 111 deaths due to COVID-19 and 93,045 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours; while there have been 477,229 cases in the last 7 days – the highest number of UK infections in any 24 hour period, and the highest 7-day number in any 7-day period, throughout the pandemic, for the second day running.


First published in December 2021.








📆 #TodayInCOVID
Summary 17-Dec-2021


🧪
POSITIVE CASES
▪ 24h: 93,045 – Highest ever
▪ 7 days: 477,229 – Highest ever
▪ 28 days: 1,443,425 – Highest ever
▪ Average: 68,176 cases/day – Highest ever

🚨 Estimated cases (King’s College/Zoe): 105,171 cases
🚨 5,797,487 infections since 19 July (“Freedom Day”)

🚑
HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
▪ 24h: 900
▪ 7 days: 6,056 – Highest since 16 November
▪ 28 days: 22,594 – Highest since 7 December
🏥
PATIENTS IN HOSPITAL
▪ 24h: 7,611
▪ 7 days: 52,843 – Highest since 30 November
▪ 28 days: 212,196
🛌🏻
PATIENTS IN ICU BEDS
▪ 24h: 875
▪ 7 days: 6,236
▪ 28 days: 25,308

🕯️
DEATHS
▪ 24h: 111
▪ 7 days: 794
▪ 28 days: 3,333
▪ Average: 113 deaths / day

🚨 18,199 deaths since 19 July (“Freedom Day”)

🧬
OMICRON VARIANT
▪ Cases: 14,909
▪ Patients: 65
▪ Deaths: 1

⏳
LONG COVID UK ESTIMATE (ONS)
🚨 1,200,000 cases
🚨 1 in 50 people live with long COVID

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  • 93,045 new UK coronavirus infections in 24 hours – the highest one day number since the pandemic was first confirmed.
  • The total number of coronavirus infections reported in the last 7 days was 477,229 [highest 7-day number ever recorded] while in the last 28 days 1,443,425 infections have been reported [highest 28-day number ever recorded].
  • 803 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 110 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 41,401 deaths.
  • Meanwhile, 3,333 deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported in the UK in the last 28 days.
  • 900 Covid-19 hospital admissions occurred on 13 December 2021 – according to the latest health care data for the UK as a whole.
  • 7,611 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds as of 16 December 2021.
  • 875 Covid-19 patients are occupying mechanical ventilation beds – according to the data reported on 16 December 2021.
  • All three of the healthcare measures [above] remain a continuing concern for our now seriously under-pressure NHS.


SO FAR:

  • 687 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain (31 January 2020).
  • 651 days since the first reported death (7 March 2020). Coronavirus has now been responsible for infecting over 11 million people in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data).
  • In this time, the virus has been responsible for at least 147,048 deaths (within 28 days of a first positive test result). Official data also currently indicate there have been 170,911 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 3 December 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)






ENGLAND


  • 15 December

People aged 18 or over can pre-book a booster dose appointment 2 months after their second vaccine dose. You can get your booster dose 3 months after your second vaccine dose. Book your booster vaccination appointment or find a walk-in vaccination site.

All 11 countries were removed from the travel red list at 4am.

You need to show your NHS COVID Pass at nightclubs, some venues and large events to show you’re fully vaccinated, have had a negative test result in the last 48 hours, or you have an exemption.

  • 14 December

Fully vaccinated contacts of someone with COVID-19 should take rapid lateral flow tests every day for 7 days. If you test positive or develop symptoms, you need to self-isolate for 10 days. Find out when to self-isolate and what to do on the NHS website.

  • 13 December

You should work from home if you can.

  • 10 December

You must wear a face-covering in most indoor public places, at large venues and events, and on public transport.

WALES


  • 27 December

Nightclubs will close. Social distancing will be required in shops and offices.

  • 15 December

All 11 countries were removed from the travel red list at 4am.

  • 7 December

If you’re aged 12 and over, you must show a negative PCR or lateral flow test result when travelling to Wales from abroad. You must take the test in the 48 hours before you travel to Wales. Check the rules for international travel to and from Wales.

  • 29 November

People aged 18 and over will be invited to have their booster dose a minimum of 3 months after their second vaccine dose. Your health board will contact you when it’s your turn.

SCOTLAND


  • 15 December

All 11 countries were removed from the travel red list at 4am.

People aged 18 and over can now book a booster dose 3 months after their second vaccine dose. Book your booster vaccination appointment on NHS Inform.

  • 14 December

You should reduce social contact as much as possible by meeting in groups of no more than 3 households.

  • 7 December

If you’re aged 12 and over, you must show a negative PCR or lateral flow test result when travelling to Scotland from abroad. You must take the test in the 2 days before you travel to Scotland. Check the rules for international travel to and from Scotland.

NORTHERN IRELAND


  • 15 December

All 11 countries were removed from the travel red list at 4am.

  • 13 December

People aged 30 and over can get their booster dose 3 months after their second vaccine dose at an HSC walk-in vaccination hub.

  • 7 December

If you’re aged 12 and over, you must show a negative PCR or lateral flow test result when travelling to Northern Ireland from abroad. You must take the test in the 2 days before you travel to Northern Ireland. Check the rules for international travel to and from Northern Ireland.


(Source: Gov.uk)







  • Four in five plan to stay home if unwell over the Christmas period

According to the ONS, “about 80% of adults in Great Britain are planning to stay at home if feeling unwell over the Christmas period. Otherwise, around two-thirds (63%) plan to visit friends and family in their homes and 48% plan to have friends and family visit their home.

“The proportion of adults that reported wearing a face covering when outside their home increased from 84% (between 18 and 28 November) to 94%, following the announcement making face coverings mandatory in certain settings in England from 30 November 2021.

Data from the ONS’s Opinions and Lifestyle Survey also suggest that “around half of adults (46%) have had two COVID-19 vaccines and a booster. While 89% of those who have not received a booster said they would be very or fairly likely to if offered.”

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(Source: Office for National Statistics)














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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


Covid-19 UK Data: First UK Lockdown to 17 December 2021.

(Source: UK Health Security Agency)


■ 🧮 Case & Death Totals
🦠 11,190,354 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️ 147,048 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result
🕯️ 170,911 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes– Registered up to Friday 3 December 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




— AUTHORS —

▫ 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.


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Sources
  • Text: This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 17 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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