297 new deaths due to Covid-19 reported in 24 hours, and 76,807 new infections reported in 24 hours. In the past 28 days there have been 5,921 reported deaths due to Covid-19 – the highest 28-day total since 19 March 2021.
First published in January 2022.
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- 297 deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in the last 24 hours.
- 76,807 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 641,929, while in the last 28 days 3,803,383 infections have been reported.
- 1,888 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 270 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 98,446 deaths across the UK.
- Meanwhile, 5,921 deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported across the UK in the last 28 days - the highest number of '28-day' deaths since 19 March 2021.
- 1,974 Covid-19 hospital admissions occurred on 17 January 2022.
- 17,976 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds according to the latest dashboard data.
- 664 Covid-19 patients are occupying mechanical ventilation beds – according to the data reported on 20 January 2022.
- All three of these healthcare measures a continuing concern for our now seriously under-pressure NHS.
🚨 1,300,000 cases
🚨 1 in 51 people currently live with long COVID
- 723 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain (31 January 2020).
- 687 days since the first reported death (7 March 2020). Coronavirus has now been responsible for infecting over 15.7 million people in England (according to the official reported positive cases data).
- In this time, the virus has been responsible for at least 153,787 deaths (within 28 days of a first positive test result). Official data also currently indicate there have been 175,256 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 7 January 2022, 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.
- 27 January
You will not be required to wear a face covering, including in communal areas of schools, but the government suggests you continue to wear one in crowded and indoor spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
You’ll no longer need to show your NHS COVID Pass at venues and events by law.
- 20 January
Staff and pupils in secondary schools and colleges will not be required to wear a face-covering in classrooms.
- 19 January
You are no longer asked to work from home if you can. Talk to your employer to agree on arrangements to return to your workplace.
- 17 January
16 and 17-year-olds can now book a booster dose online. Parents and guardians of people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 between 12 to 15 years old, or those living with people at higher risk, will also be contacted to book a booster.
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.
- 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.
- 24 January
There will be no limits on how many households can meet indoors or outdoors. There will be no need for physical distancing between groups at indoor and outdoor venues including bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and gyms. Table service will not be needed.
- 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.
- 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.
UK GOVERNMENT’S LATEST SELF-ISOLATION GUIDANCE
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.
UKHSA Guidance | PMP
- Omicron sub-lineage BA.2 designated as a variant under investigation (VUI)
The Omicron variant sub-lineage known as BA.2 has been designated a variant under investigation (VUI-22JAN-01) by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).
Overall, the original Omicron lineage, BA.1, is dominant in the UK and the proportion of BA.2 cases is currently low. The designation was made on the basis of increasing numbers of BA.2 sequences identified both domestically and internationally. There is still uncertainty around the significance of the changes to the viral genome, and further analyses will now be undertaken.
To date, there have been 426 cases of Omicron BA.2 confirmed by Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS), with the earliest dated 6 December 2021. The areas with the largest number of confirmed cases are London (146) and the South East (97). Data for the devolved administrations will follow in due course.
Early analyses suggest an increased growth rate compared to BA.1, however, growth rates have a low level of certainty early in the emergence of a variant and further analysis is needed.
“It is the nature of viruses to evolve and mutate, so it’s to be expected that we will continue to see new variants emerge as the pandemic goes on,” Dr Meera Chand, COVID-19 Incident Director at UKHSA, said. “Our continued genomic surveillance allows us to detect them and assess whether they are significant.
“So far, there is insufficient evidence to determine whether BA.2 causes more severe illness than Omicron BA.1, but data is limited and UKHSA continues to investigate.
“Case rates remain high throughout the UK and we must remain vigilant and take up vaccinations. We should all continue to test regularly with LFDs and take a PCR test if symptoms develop.”
■ 🧬 COG-UK sequencing
■ 🧬 UKHSA genomically confirmed case numbers
📈 UK COVID-19 data
Data up to 22 January 2022.
■ 🧮 Case & Death Totals
🦠 15,784,488 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️ 153,787 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result
🕯️ 175,256 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes – Registered up to Friday 7 January 2022
🕯️ 44,738 care home residents have had COVID-19 recorded on their death certificate since the pandemic began – ONS data
💉 Vaccination UK
Note: Data cross-referenced with the latest official data from the UK dashboard.
■ Estimated ®️ Number
■ Population Testing Positive for COVID-19
■ Number of contact tracing alerts sent (England & Wales)
■ Stringency Index
(Source: University of Oxford)
📚 Data Sources:
- Daily summary: Coronavirus in the UK | UK Government
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) NHS Advice | PMP Magazine
- Variants: distribution of cases data | UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)
- Vaccination Data | UK Government
- What’s new | UK Government
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- Text: This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 22 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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