73 new deaths due to COVID-19 and 137,583 new coronavirus infections 'reported' in 24 hours*. Meanwhile, there were 2,794,050 reported infections in 28 days, with the number of hospitalisations an increasing concern.

First published in January 2022.

Cases and Deaths include England and Wales data only.

📆 #TodayInCOVID
Summary 2-Jan-2022

POSITIVE CASES – England & Wales only
▪ 24h: 137,583
▪ 7 days: 1,110,159Highest ever
▪ 28 days: 2,794,050Highest ever
▪ Average: 158,594 cases/dayHighest ever

🚨 King’s College Zoe estimates: 205,235 positive cases in 24h
🚨 King’s College Zoe estimates: 2,395,292 people currently infected

🚨 7,856,755 infections since 19 July (“Freedom Day”)

▪ 24h: 1,781
▪ 7 days: 13,307Highest since 9 February
▪ 28 days: 33,545Highest since 6 March
▪ 24h: 13,151
▪ 7 days: 84,121Highest since 4 March
▪ 28 days: 247,254Highest since 28 November
▪ 24h: 769
▪ 7 days: 5,788
▪ 28 days: 24,101

DEATHS – England & Wales only
▪ 24h: 73
▪ 7 days: 981Highest since 22 November
▪ 28 days: 3,248Highest since 24 December
▪ Average: 140 deaths / day

🚨 20,003 deaths since 19 July (“Freedom Day”)

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

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  • 137,583 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours in England and Wales – the actual number UK-wide will clearly be higher.
  • The total number of coronavirus infections 'reported' across the UK in the last 7 days was 1,110,159 [highest 7-day number ever recorded] while in the last 28 days 2,794,050 infections have been reported [highest 28-day number ever recorded].
  • 981 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 140 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 51,152 deaths across the UK.
  • Meanwhile, 3,248 deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported across the UK in the last 28 days.
  • 1,781 Covid-19 hospital admissions occurred on 31 December 2021.
  • 13,151 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds in England (no data available today for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) as of 2 January 2022 – the highest number since 23 February 2021.
  • 769 Covid-19 patients are occupying mechanical ventilation beds – according to the data reported on 2 January 2021.
  • All three of these healthcare measures remain a continuing concern for our now seriously under-pressure NHS.


  • 703 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain (31 January 2020).
  • 667 days since the first reported death (7 March 2020). Coronavirus has now been responsible for infecting over 13.2 million people in England (according to the official reported positive cases data).
  • In this time, the virus has been responsible for at least 148,851 deaths (within 28 days of a first positive test result). Official data also currently indicate there have been 172,657 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 17 December 2021, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). Note: The dashboard data indicate this figure is currently closer to 174,000 deaths.

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)


  • 22 December

If you’ve tested positive or have symptoms, you can stop self-isolating after 7 days instead of 10 days if you get 2 negative lateral flow test results on days 6 and 7.

  • 20 December

Children aged 12 to 15 can now get their second vaccine dose if it’s been more than 12 weeks since their first vaccine dose. Book a vaccination appointment or find a walk-in vaccination site.

  • 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 a booster vaccination appointment or find a walk-in vaccination site.

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

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. Find out when to self-isolate and what to do on the NHS website.


  • 31 December

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for 7 full days. On days 6 and 7 they should take rapid lateral flow tests 24 hours apart. If the results are positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get 2 negative tests, or after day 10, whichever is sooner. If they are negative they can stop self-isolating. Find out more about self-isolation on GOV.WALES.

  • 26 December

Wales moves to alert level 2. A maximum of 6 people can meet in venues such as pubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres (‘rule of 6’), 30 people at indoor events and 50 people at outdoor events. 2-metre social distancing will be required in public premises and offices. Nightclubs will close. Find out more on GOV.WALES.

  • 15 December

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

  • 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.


  • 27 December

Up to 3 households can meet with 1-metre physical distancing between groups at indoor and outdoor venues like bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and gyms. Table service will be needed if alcohol is being served.

  • 26 December

Large events will have 1-metre physical distancing and will be limited to 100 people standing indoors, 200 people sitting indoors and 500 people outdoors.

  • 15 December

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

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.


  • 31 December

People who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 10 days from their PCR test date or when symptoms started, whichever is sooner. People can end self-isolation early if they get two negative rapid lateral flow tests – one from day 6 and the second at least 24 hours later.

  • 27 December

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

Up to 6 people can meet in pubs, bars and restaurants, or up to 10 people if they’re all from the same household. Only table service will be available.

2-metre social distancing will be required in public premises and offices. Find out more about changes in Northern Ireland.

  • 26 December

Indoor standing events will not be permitted. Nightclubs will close.

  • 15 December

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

  • 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.

(Source: Gov.uk)

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■ 🧬 COG-UK sequencing

(Source: COG-UK)

■ 🧬 UKHSA genomically confirmed case numbers

(Source: UK Health Security Agency)

📈 UK COVID-19 data

Data up to 2 January 2022.

(Source: UK Health Security Agency)

■ 🧮 Case & Death Totals
🦠 13,235,401 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️ 148,851 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result
🕯️ 172,657 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes– Registered up to Friday 17 December 2021

💉 Vaccination UK

(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)

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📚 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.
(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 2 January 2022. | The authors write in a personal capacity.
  • Data cross-referenced with the latest official data from the UK dashboard.
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