A further 45 deaths due to COVID-19 (weekend data lag) and 91,743 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours. With all the unknowns, the fact that transmission is so high is one piece of evidence that must not be ignored, with so many infections, people isolating, and the impact of this on the economy.


First published in December 2021.








📆 #TodayInCOVID
Summary 20-Dec-2021


🧪
POSITIVE CASES
▪ 24h: 91,743
▪ 7 days: 584,688 – Highest ever
▪ 28 days: 1,582,610 – Highest ever
▪ Average: 83,527 cases/day – Highest ever

🚨 Estimated cases (King’s College/Zoe): 129,970 cases
🚨 6,062,534 infections since 19 July (“Freedom Day”)

🚑
HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
▪ 24h: 919 – Highest since 7 December
▪ 7 days: 6,053
▪ 28 days: 22,628 – Highest since 7 December
🏥
PATIENTS IN HOSPITAL
▪ 24h: 7,682
▪ 7 days: 52,918 – Highest since 30 November
▪ 28 days: 212,176
🛌🏻
PATIENTS IN ICU BEDS
▪ 24h: 879
▪ 7 days: 6,214
▪ 28 days: 25,276

🕯️
DEATHS
▪ 24h: 44
▪ 7 days: 786
▪ 28 days: 3,291
▪ Average: 112 deaths / day

🚨 18,413 deaths since 19 July (“Freedom Day”)

🧬
OMICRON VARIANT SO FAR
▪ Cases: 45,145
▪ Patients: 129
▪ Deaths: 14

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

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  • 91,743 new UK coronavirus infections in 24 hours – the sixth day in a row that over 75,000 infections have been reported (the actual number is likely to be significantly higher).
  • The total number of coronavirus infections reported in the last 7 days was 584,688 [highest 7-day number ever recorded] while in the last 28 days 1,582,610 infections have been reported [highest 28-day number ever recorded].
  • 786 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 112 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 40,984 deaths.
  • Meanwhile, 3,292 deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported in the UK in the last 28 days.
  • 919 Covid-19 hospital admissions occurred on 14 December 2021 – according to the latest health care data for the UK as a whole.
  • 7,482 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds as of 17 December 2021.
  • 879 Covid-19 patients are occupying mechanical ventilation beds – according to the data reported on 17 December 2021.
  • All three of the healthcare measures [above] remain a continuing concern for our now seriously under-pressure NHS.


SO FAR:

  • 690 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain (31 January 2020).
  • 654 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 147,261 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)







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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 20 December 2021.

(Source: UK Health Security Agency)


■ 🧮 Case & Death Totals
🦠 11,453,121 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️ 147,261 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 20 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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