398 new deaths due to Covid-19 and 129,587 new infections reported in 24 hours. The number of deaths in the past week (1,724) equates on average to around 246 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 89,894 deaths across the UK.


First published in January 2022.













Note: UK data (including the data noted below) will not necessarily fully reflect the numbers in specific measures. where there are data issues, e.g. delays due to IT issues, or reporting arrangements for the four nations.

  • 398 deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in the last 24  the highest number in 24 hours since 24 February 2021.
  • 129,587 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours – the actual number UK-wide is potentially higher.
  • The total number of coronavirus infections reported across the UK in the last 7 days was 1,038,500, while in the last 28 days 3,881,563 infections have been reported [highest 28-day number ever recorded].
  • 1,724 deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in the last 7 days the highest weekly number since 4 March 2021.
  • The number of deaths in the past week equates on average to around 246 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 89,894 deaths across the UK.
  • Meanwhile, 4,218 deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported across the UK in the last 28 days.
  • 2,049 Covid-19 hospital admissions occurred on 8 January 2022.
  • 19,735 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds according to the latest dashboard data.
  • 793 Covid-19 patients are occupying mechanical ventilation beds – according to the data reported on 11 January 2022.
  • All three of these healthcare measures a continuing concern for our now seriously under-pressure NHS.
LONG COVID UK ESTIMATE (ONS, as of 6 January 2021)
🚨 1,300,000 cases
🚨 1 in 51 people currently live with long COVID


SO FAR:

  • 713 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain (31 January 2020).
  • 677 days since the first reported death (7 March 2020). Coronavirus has now been responsible for infecting over 14.8 million people in England (according to the official reported positive cases data).
  • In this time, the virus has been responsible for at least 151,007 deaths (within 28 days of a first positive test result). Official data also currently indicate there have been 174,233 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 31 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


  • 11 January

If you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result, most people will not need to take a PCR test to confirm the result. You must self-isolate immediately if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result.

  • 9 January

From 4am on 9 January, if you qualify as fully vaccinated, you can take either a rapid lateral flow or PCR test within 2 days of arriving in England. If you have a positive result on the rapid lateral flow test, you must take a PCR test.

  • 7 January

From 4am on 7 January, if you qualify as fully vaccinated or are under 18, you do not need to take a PCR test before you travel to England or self-isolate when you arrive.

  • 4 January

Face coverings are recommended in schools with pupils in year 7 and above. They should be worn in most classrooms, and by pupils, students, staff and adult visitors when moving around buildings.

WALES


  • 6 January

If you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result, most people will not need to take a PCR test to confirm the result. You must self-isolate immediately if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result.

  • 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 is at 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 is required in public premises and offices. Nightclubs are closed. Find out more on GOV.WALES.

SCOTLAND


  • 6 January

If you are a close contact of someone with COVID–19 and you are fully vaccinated along with your booster dose, you can take daily rapid lateral flow tests for 7 days instead of self-isolating. If you test positive or develop symptoms during this time you should self-isolate for 10 days.

If you test positive for COVID-19 you should self-isolate for 10 days. You can end self-isolation early if you do not have a high temperature and get 2 negative lateral flow test results on days 6 and 7, taken at least 24 hours apart.

If you do not have symptoms and get a positive rapid lateral flow test result, you must self-isolate. You do not need to take a PCR test to confirm your result.

Find out more on gov.scot

  • 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.

NORTHERN IRELAND


  • 5 January

If you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result, you should isolate immediately. You no longer need to book a PCR test.

  • 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 is available.

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

  • 26 December

Indoor standing events are not permitted. Nightclubs are closed.


(Source: Gov.uk)







  • UK COVID-19 infections still rising, but begin to fall in London

According to the ONS, early estimates suggest COVID-19 infections are continuing to rise across the UK, with signs of a downturn in London.

The percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 continued to increase in Wales and Northern Ireland in the week to 6 January 2022, and in Scotland in the week to 7 January 2022.

Infections also increased across most regions of England in the week to 6 January 2022 except the East of England where the trend is uncertain, and London where figures are falling.

Going further...


(Source: Office for National Statistics)














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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 12 January 2022.

(Source: UK Health Security Agency)


■ 🧮 Case & Death Totals
🦠 14,862,138 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️ 151,007 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result
🕯️ 174,233 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes – Registered up to Friday 31 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:


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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

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— 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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  • Text: This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 12 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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