75 new deaths due to Covid-19 and 74,799 new infections reported in 24 hours. In the past 28 days there have been 5,993 reported deaths due to Covid-19 – the highest 28-day total since 17 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.

  • 75 deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in the last 24 hours.
  • 74,799 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours – the actual number UK-wide is potentially significantly higher.
  • The total number of coronavirus infections reported across the UK in the last 7 days was 641,687, while in the last 28 days 3,758,259 infections have been reported.
  • 1,872 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 267 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 97,611 deaths across the UK.
  • Meanwhile, 5,993 deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported across the UK in the last 28 days - the highest number of '28-day' deaths since 18 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.


  • 724 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain (31 January 2020).
  • 688 days since the first reported death (7 March 2020). Coronavirus has now been responsible for infecting over 15.8 million people in England (according to the official reported positive cases data).
  • In this time, the virus has been responsible for at least 153,862 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).
LONG COVID UK ESTIMATE (ONS, as of 6 January 2021)
🚨 1,300,000 cases
🚨 1 in 51 people currently live with long COVID

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)


  • 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.

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)

Likelihood of testing positive – People working outside their home more likely to test positive

People were more likely to test positive for COVID-19 in the fortnight ending 31 December 2021, if they were one of the following:

  • unvaccinated
  • not previously infected with COVID-19
  • male
  • working outside the home
  • aged under 40 years
  • working in the hospitality sector

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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 23 January 2022.

(Source: UK Health Security Agency)

■ 🧮 Case & Death Totals
🦠 15,859,288 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️ 153,862 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result - since the first reported death on 6 March 2020.
🕯️ 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

(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 23 January 2022. | The authors write in a personal capacity.
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