138 new deaths and 82,451 new infections have been reported today on the UK government dashboard which relates to the last 72 hours. The UK Health Security Agency stopped publishing dashboard updates at weekends.


First published in February 2022.


The UK Health Security Agency stopped publishing dashboard updates at weekends. Dashboard is now updated daily from Monday to Friday. Daily cases and deaths by report date published on Mondays include figures from the preceding weekend [hence 72 hrs].











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  • 138 deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in the last 72 hours.
  • 82,451 new coronavirus infections reported in 72 hours and the actual number UK-wide is potentially significantly higher, always worth checking out the data provide by the ONS and 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 234,103, while in the last 28 days 1,487,969 infections have been reported.
  • 752 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 107 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 39,211 deaths across the UK.
  • Meanwhile, a total of 4,707 deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported across the UK in the last 28 days.
  • 1,112 Covid-19 hospital admissions occurred on 22 February 2022.
  • 10,656 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds - reported as of 25 February 2022.
  • 271 Covid-19 patients are occupying mechanical ventilation beds – according to the data reported on 25 February 2022.
  • All three of these healthcare measures a continuing concern for our seriously under-pressure NHS.

SO FAR:

  • 760 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain (31 January 2020).
  • 724 days since the first reported death (6 March 2020). Coronavirus has now been responsible for infecting around 18.9 million people in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data).
  • In this time, the virus has been responsible for at least 161,361 deaths (within 28 days of a first positive test result). Official data also currently indicate there have been 182,609 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 11 February 2022, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).



(Source: UK Health Security Agency)





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ENGLAND


Now:

  • You are not legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people.
  • You do not have to take daily tests nor are legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme ends. If you were told to self-isolate before 24 February you can still make a claim up to 6 April.
  • The government has published its plan for living with COVID-19.
  • Staff and students in most education and childcare settings no longer need to test twice a week.
  • If you are fully vaccinated you 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 need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after you arrive in the UK. You do not need to quarantine unless the result of the PCR test is positive. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.

WALES


Now:

  • Face coverings no longer are a legal requirement except in shops, health and care settings, and on public transport.
  • You no longer are legally required to show your NHS COVID Pass at venues and events.
  • If you’re fully vaccinated you 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 need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after you arrive in the UK. You do not need to quarantine unless the result of the PCR test is positive. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.

SCOTLAND


From 21 March:

  • Most legal COVID-19 restrictions, including on wearing face coverings, end. For more information on plans to ease restrictions and manage and recover from the pandemic, read ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying safe and protecting others’ on gov.scot

Now:

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

NORTHERN IRELAND


Now:

  • You’re no longer legally required to wear face coverings in public places and there is no limit on the number of people who can meet indoors in private homes. You’re no longer legally required to show your COVID-19 certificate at nightclubs and large indoor events.
  • If you’re fully vaccinated you 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 need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after you arrive in the UK. You do not need to quarantine unless the result of the PCR test is positive. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.

(Source: Gov.uk)





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Long COVID and mental disorders in school students

According to the ONS, of primary school pupils with long COVID, 30.0% had a probable mental disorder, a significantly higher proportion than the 7.7% of those without long COVID. Among secondary school pupils, 22.6% of those who had experienced long COVID had a probable mental disorder, compared with 13.6% of those who hadn’t experienced long COVID.

Since March 2020, 1.0% of primary school-aged pupils and 2.7% of secondary school-aged pupils experienced long COVID. Among students who had previously received a positive COVID-19 test, 5.2% experienced an ongoing symptom of loss of taste or smell, compared with 0.4% of those who hadn’t tested positive. This is the only symptom that was significantly more prevalent among students with a previous coronavirus infection.

Going further...


(Source: Office for National Statistics)





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■ 🧬 COG-UK sequencing

According to the latest sequencing dated 22-Feb, the Omicron variant’s second-generation sub-lineage BA.1.1 (which is also growing faster than BA.1 globally) has now probably overcome the original Omicron variant in the UK. BA.1.1 is more transmissible than BA.1.

The sub-lineage BA.2 is also on its way up while BA.1 is fading rapidly.

We must remain vigilant as other Omicron variants are already circulating in various countries.




(Source: COG-UK)



■ 🧬 UKHSA genomically confirmed case numbers




(Source: UK Health Security Agency)





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📈 UK COVID-19 data


(Source: UK Health Security Agency)


■ 🧮 Case & Death Totals
🦠 18,886,701 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️ 161,361 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result - since the first reported death on 6 March 2020.
🕯️ 182,609 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes – Registered up to Friday 11 February 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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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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🧩 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

The percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 decreased in England in the week ending 23 February 2022. Trends were uncertain in Wales and Northern Ireland, and in Scotland infections increased in the most recent week.

(Source: ONS)



Number of contact tracing alerts sent (England & Wales)

(Source: NHS)



Stringency Index

(Source: University of Oxford)


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📚 Data Sources:

Notes:

  • UK data 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’.
  • From the week of 21 February 2022, the UK Health Security Agency will stop publishing dashboard updates at weekends. The dashboard will be updated as usual from Monday to Friday. Daily cases and deaths by report date published on Mondays will include figures from the weekend. These will not be separated out to show daily figures for Saturday and Sunday.
  • Further detail can be found at the UK Health Security Agency.








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  • Text: This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 28 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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