438 new deaths due to Covid-19 reported in 24 hours, the highest since 24 February 2021, and 94,432 new infections reported in 24 hours. In the past 28 days there have been 5,081 reported deaths due to Covid-19 the highest 28-day total since 22 March 2021.

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.

  • 438 deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in the last 24 hours.
  • 94,432 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 673,987, while in the last 28 days 3,888,866 infections have been reported.
  • 1,904 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 272 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 99,280 deaths across the UK.
  • Meanwhile, 5,081 deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported across the UK in the last 28 days - the highest number of '28-day' deaths since 22 March 2021.
  • 1,892 Covid-19 hospital admissions occurred on 14 January 2022.
  • 19,450 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds according to the latest dashboard data.
  • 713 Covid-19 patients are occupying mechanical ventilation beds – according to the data reported on 17 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


  • 719 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain (31 January 2020).
  • 683 days since the first reported death (7 March 2020). Coronavirus has now been responsible for infecting over 15.4 million people in England (according to the official reported positive cases data).
  • In this time, the virus has been responsible for at least 152,513 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)


  • 17 January

You can stop self-isolating at the start of day 6 if you get 2 negative rapid lateral flow test results on days 5 and 6 and do not have a temperature. Tests must be at least 24 hours apart. If either test is positive, wait 24 hours before testing again.

  • 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.


  • 28 January

There will be no limits on how many people can meet indoors at pubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres. Nightclubs will reopen.

  • 21 January

Sporting events can have crowds, with no limits on how many people can attend outdoor events.

  • 15 January

Up to 500 people can attend outdoor events.

  • 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.


  • 17 January

Most people will need to have had a booster dose to be recognised as fully vaccinated under the COVID certification scheme.

Restrictions on numbers at outdoor events are lifted. Indoor events remain limited to 100 people standing and 200 people sitting. The COVID certification scheme must be used for both outdoor and indoor events.

  • 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.


  • 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.

When to end self-isolation if you have had COVID-19 symptoms, have received a positive COVID-19 test result, or if you are a contact.

(Source: Gov.uk)

  • UK COVID-19 deaths rose in the first week of 2022

According to the ONS, the number of deaths in the UK involving COVID-19 rose in the first week of 2022. However, registrations have been affected by bank holidays over the Christmas and New Year period.

In the week ending 7 January 2022, there were 1,023 deaths involving COVID-19 in the UK, 383 more than in the previous week. This accounted for around 1 in every 14 deaths (7.3%).

There were 13,886 total deaths registered in the UK in the first week of 2022, which was 8.3% below the five-year average.

The number of deaths involving COVID-19 rose in both England and Wales in the week ending 7 January 2022.

Between 13 March 2020 and 7 January 2022, there have been 127,704 excess deaths above the five-year average in England and Wales; of these, 122,467 were in England, and 6,520 were in Wales.

Going further...

(Source: Office for National Statistics)

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How dare scientists do something to prevent more deaths in the 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 18 January 2022.

(Source: UK Health Security Agency)

■ 🧮 Case & Death Totals
🦠 15,399,300 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️152,513 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
🕯️ 44,738 care home residents have had COVID-19 recorded on their death certificate since the pandemic began – ONS data

💉 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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  • Text: This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 18 January 2022. | The authors write in a personal capacity.
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