303 new deaths and 88,171 new infections reported in 24 hours. In the past 28 days, there have been 7,316 reported deaths due to COVID-19 – the highest 28-day number since 16 March 2021.


First published in February 2022.













  • 303 deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in the last 24 hours.
  • 88,171 new coronavirus infections reported in 24 hours and 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 619,843, while in the last 28 days 2,874,723 infections have been reported.
  • 1,789 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 256 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 93,284 deaths across the UK.
  • Meanwhile, 7,316 deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported across the UK in the last 28 days the highest number since 16 March 2021.
  • 1,386 Covid-19 hospital admissions occurred on 30 January 2022.
  • 14,816 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds - reported as of 2 February 2022.
  • 483 Covid-19 patients are occupying mechanical ventilation beds – according to the data reported on 2 February 2022.
  • All three of these healthcare measures a continuing concern for our seriously under-pressure NHS.

SO FAR:

  • 735 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain (31 January 2020).
  • 699 days since the first reported death (6 March 2020). Coronavirus has now been responsible for infecting over 17.6 million people in England (according to the official reported positive cases data).
  • In this time, the virus has been responsible for at least 157,730 deaths (within 28 days of a first positive test result). Official data also currently indicate there have been 178,488 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 21 January 2022, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

LONG COVID UK ESTIMATE (ONS – 3 Feb 2022)
🚨 1.33 million people currently live with long COVID in the UK
🚨 2.1% of the UK population currently live with long COVID
🚨 Long COVID symptoms adversely affect the day-to-day activities of 836,000 people (63% of long COVID sufferers)
🚨 Most common symptoms: Fatigue (50%), shortness of breath (37%), loss of smell (37%) and loss of taste (28%)






General Notes: 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. It is important therefore to note the specific reporting cycles of UK Covid-19 data when looking at how data are presented. Seven-day rolling averages are often used to help ‘smooth’ the various reporting cycles across different nations; nevertheless, care is needed when seeking to gain an accurate picture of the situation at any time. 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 February

If you’re fully vaccinated you will no longer need to take a COVID-19 test either before or after arrival in the UK. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.

If you are not fully vaccinated you will need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after you arrive in the UK. You will not need to quarantine unless the result of the PCR test is positive. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.

  • 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.

WALES


  • 11 February

If you’re fully vaccinated you will no longer need to take a COVID-19 test either before or after arrival in the UK. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.

If you are not fully vaccinated you will need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after you arrive in the UK. You will not need to quarantine unless the result of the PCR test is positive. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.

  • 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.

SCOTLAND


  • 11 February

If you’re fully vaccinated you will no longer need to take a COVID-19 test either before or after arrival in Scotland. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.

If you are not fully vaccinated you will need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after you arrive in Scotland. You will not need to quarantine unless the result of the PCR test is positive. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.

  • 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.

NORTHERN IRELAND


  • 11 February

If you’re fully vaccinated you will no longer need to take a COVID-19 test either before or after arrival in the UK. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.

If you are not fully vaccinated you will need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after you arrive in the UK. You will not need to quarantine unless the result of the PCR test is positive. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.

  • 26 January

Nightclubs will reopen. You will still need to show your NI domestic certificate.

  • 21 January

Up to 30 people can meet in a private home. Organisers of large indoor gatherings at places like pubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres need to carry out a risk assessment.

  • 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.




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.

(Source: Gov.uk)







1.3 million people were experiencing self-reported long COVID as of 2 January 2022

According to the ONS, an estimated 1.3 million people in private households (2.1% of the population) were experiencing self-reported long COVID as of 2 January 2022. Of those reporting long COVID symptoms, 4 in 10 (42%) were experiencing these symptoms for at least a year after the first (suspected) infection. Symptoms adversely affected the day-to-day activities of around two-thirds (63%) of those with self-reported long COVID.

Fatigue (50%), shortness of breath (37%), loss of smell (37%) and loss of taste (28%) were the most common long COVID symptoms. Self-reported long COVID was more common in those aged 35 to 69 years, females, people living in more deprived areas, those working in health or social care or teaching and education, and those with another health condition or disability.

Going further...













“More than 100 people remain in hospital with the virus in the Bristol region. Reminding us of the need to combine all actions, including roll-out of booster vaccine, facemasks, and extending the vaccine programme to 5- to 11-year-olds, to create a defensive barrier.” – Dr Joe Pajak.







“There was a god complex”: Adam Wagner on why Downing Street broke its own Covid rules
The No 10 parties have “all seemed egregious” to the barrister who spent two years tracking the UK’s pandemic legislation.
World faces ‘bumpy, difficult’ Covid transition, says senior scientist
‘I just don’t think you wake up on Tuesday and it’s finished,’ says former Sage adviser Sir Jeremy Farrar
Legal advice: Government can’t ban the use of facemasks in schools.
The Education Secretary doesn’t have the power to go over the heads of headteachers and ban the wearing of facemasks in school.
Vaccinate the kids!
Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) children are still waiting to be vaccinated, and many are being infected while they wait.
Don’t believe the claim that only 17,371 people have died from COVID in England and Wales.
A freedom of information request is only useful if you know how to read the data. Over 140,000 people with pre-existing conditions have died of COVID in the last two years. We should be mourning this tragic loss of life, not minimising it.
Where (and how) you are most likely to catch COVID.
We have quantified how the different influences on transmission change your risk of getting COVID-19. The actual risk will depend on specific parameters.







■ 🧬 COG-UK sequencing

The Omicron variant’s sub-lineage BA.2 and second-generation sub-lineage BA.1.1 are currently spreading fast in the UK.

Dr Ameet Dravid, Chief Consultant in HIV Medicine and Infectious Disease at Pune’s Noble Hospital, in India, brilliantly explains the differences between the three Omicron variants: “To understand in simpler terms, Omicron is the parent while BA.1 and BA.2 are the daughters and BA.1.1 is the daughter of BA.1. While all are from the Omicron variant family, they have specific mutations which may differ in their behaviour.”




(Source: COG-UK)


■ 🧬 UKHSA genomically confirmed case numbers




(Source: UK Health Security Agency)







📈 UK COVID-19 data


Data up to 3 February 2022.

(Source: UK Health Security Agency)


■ 🧮 Case & Death Totals
🦠 17,607,832 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️ 157,730 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result - since the first reported death on 6 March 2020.
🕯️ 178,488 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes – Registered up to Friday 21 January 2022






💉 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.








🧩 Long COVID UK

LONG COVID UK ESTIMATE (ONS – 3 Feb 2022)
🚨 1.33 million people currently live with long COVID in the UK
🚨 2.1% of the UK population currently live with long COVID
🚨 Long COVID symptoms adversely affect the day-to-day activities of 836,000 people (63% of long COVID sufferers)
🚨 Most common symptoms: Fatigue (50%), shortness of breath (37%), loss of smell (37%) and loss of taste (28%)

(Source: ONS)







Total Cases & Total Deaths




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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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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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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