Today, 276 new deaths and 68,214 new infections ‘reported’ on the UK government dashboard. Since the pandemic began there have been in total 180,033 deaths of people in the UK.


First published in February 2022.












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  • 276 deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in the last 24 hours.
  • 68,214 new coronavirus infections reported in 24 hours and the actual number UK-wide is potentially significantly higher, always worth checking out the data provide by the King's College team in the accompanying tables.
  • The total number of coronavirus infections reported across the UK in the last 7 days was 485,074, while in the last 28 days 2,412,882 infections have been reported.
  • 1,526 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 218 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 79,570 deaths across the UK.
  • Meanwhile, a total of 7,046 deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported across the UK in the last 28 days.
  • 1,196 Covid-19 hospital admissions occurred on 5 February 2022.
  • 13,545 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital bedsreported as of 8 February 2022.
  • 430 Covid-19 patients are occupying mechanical ventilation beds – according to the data reported on 8 February 2022.
  • All three of these healthcare measures a continuing concern for our seriously under-pressure NHS.

SO FAR:

  • 741 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain (31 January 2020).
  • 705 days since the first reported death (6 March 2020). Coronavirus has now been responsible for infecting over 18.0 million people in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data).
  • In this time, the virus has been responsible for at least 158,953 deaths (within 28 days of a first positive test result). Official data also currently indicate there have been 180,033 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 28 January 2022, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).






Notes: UK data (including the data noted above) will not necessarily fully reflect the numbers in specific measures, e.g., where there are data issues, delays due to IT issues, or issues with 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 deaths’ data used in the charts below relate to deaths ‘attributed to COVID-19 – each following a reported positive test result for COVID-19 within 28 days of their death’.

Further detail can be found at the UK Health Security Agency link below.


(Source: UK Health Security Agency)





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ENGLAND


From 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.

Now:

  • You no longer are 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 no longer need to show your NHS COVID Pass at venues and events by law.
  • Staff and pupils in secondary schools and colleges are no longer required to wear a face-covering in classrooms.
  • 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


From 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.

Now:

  • There are no limits on how many people can meet indoors at pubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres. Nightclubs reopen.
  • Sporting events can have crowds, with no limits on how many people can attend outdoor events.
  • 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


From 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.

Now:

  • There are no longer any limits on how many households can meet indoors or outdoors. There is no need for physical distancing between groups at indoor and outdoor venues including bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and gyms. Table service is not needed.
  • Most people don't need to have had a booster dose to be recognised as fully vaccinated under the COVID certification scheme.
  • 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

NORTHERN IRELAND


From 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.

Now:

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





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According to the ONS, the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 increased in England in the two weeks up to 5 February 2022, but the trend was uncertain in the most recent week. Trends were mixed in other UK nations, with the infection rate rising in Scotland and Northern Ireland in the week ending 5 February but falling in Wales.

The estimated number of people living in private households (not in hospitals, care homes and/or other communal establishments) that had COVID-19 in the most recent week was:

  • England – 2,824,700 people (1 in 19)
  • Wales – 121,200 people (1 in 25)
  • Northern Ireland – 145,600 people (1 in 13)
  • Scotland – 211,300 people (1 in 25)

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■ 🧬 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, with BA.1.1 probably on its way to replacing the original Omicron variant soon.




(Source: COG-UK)


■ 🧬 UKHSA genomically confirmed case numbers




(Source: UK Health Security Agency)





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📈 UK COVID-19 data


Data up to 9 February 2022.

(Source: UK Health Security Agency)


■ 🧮 Case & Death Totals
🦠 18,000,119 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️ 158,953 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result - since the first reported death on 6 March 2020.
🕯️ 180,033 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes – Registered up to Friday 28 January 2022





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💉 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.






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🧩 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)





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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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  • Text: This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 9 February 2022. | The authors write in a personal capacity.
  • Data cross-referenced with the latest official data from the UK dashboard.
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