200 deaths and 109,802 infections have been reported on the UK government dashboard today*. We are at the beginning of yet another surge with cases, and hospitalisations, indicating a worrying trend upwards.


First published in March 2022.


(*) Note: Because of the technical issue affecting Public Health Scotland reporting yesterday, today’s newly-reported cases, deaths and tests cover new reports since Saturday 12 March. Newly-reported vaccinations cover the period since Friday 11 March.











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  • 200 deaths due to coronavirus in the latest report (today).
  • 109,802 new coronavirus infections in the latest report (today) 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 492,103, while in the last 28 days 1,351,197 infections have been reported.
  • 714 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 102 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 37,230 deaths across the UK.
  • Meanwhile, a total of 3,160 deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported across the UK in the last 28 days.
  • 1,560 Covid-19 hospital admissions occurred on 10 March 2022.
  • 13,548 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds - reported as of 14 March 2022.
  • 280 Covid-19 patients are occupying mechanical ventilation beds – according to the data reported on 14 March 2022.
  • All three of these healthcare measures a continuing concern for our seriously under-pressure NHS.

SO FAR:

  • 775 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain (31 January 2020).
  • 739 days since the first reported death (6 March 2020). Coronavirus has now been responsible for infecting around 19.8 million people in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data).
  • In this time, the virus has been responsible for at least 163,095 deaths (within 28 days of a first positive test result). Official data also currently indicate there have been 185,273 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 4 March 2022, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).



(Source: UK Health Security Agency)





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ENGLAND


From 18 March:

  • From 4am on Friday 18 March, you will not need to take any COVID-19 tests or fill in a passenger locator form when travelling to the UK from abroad. These changes apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

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


From 28 March:

  • If the current public health situation remains stable, all remaining restrictions will be removed.

From 18 March:

  • From 4am on Friday 18 March, you will not need to take any COVID-19 tests or fill in a passenger locator form when travelling to the UK from abroad. These changes apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

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

From 18 March:

  • From 4am on Friday 18 March, you will not need to take any COVID-19 tests or fill in a passenger locator form when travelling to the UK from abroad. These changes apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

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


From 18 March:

  • From 4am on Friday 18 March, you will not need to take any COVID-19 tests or fill in a passenger locator form when travelling to the UK from abroad. These changes apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

Now:

  • Vaccination slots are open for children aged five to 11. You can book an appointment at a Trust vaccination clinic.
  • 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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Deaths involving COVID-19 increased in Wales

According to the ONS, of the 11,225 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 4 March 2022, 670 mentioned COVID-19. COVID-19 deaths in England and Wales accounted for 6.0% of all deaths; a decrease compared with the previous week (766 deaths, 6.9% of all deaths).

The number of deaths involving COVID-19 in Wales increased to 48 in the week ending 4 March 2022, compared with 43 in the previous week. In England, there was a decrease to 621 in the week ending 4 March 2022, compared with 722 in the previous week.

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Funding of the Zoe COVID study by the UK Government is ending.

“Dear UKHSA, we are all really disappointed the funding is ending. The Zoe COVID Study has saved lives, made critical scientific discoveries and proven that community scientists at home can achieve more than anyone thought possible.” – Dr Joe Pajak.

Are you disappointed this funding is ending? Is the UK Government trying to shut the source of a very inconvenient truth?

Please do feel free to use the details to send your own respectful email to Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

Email her now at: CEX.UKHSA@dhsc.gov.uk or enquiries@ukhsa.gov.uk





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■ 🧬 COG-UK sequencing

According to the latest sequencing dated 15-Mar, the Omicron sub-lineage BA.2 has become the dominant variant in the UK.

We must remain vigilant as other Omicron variants are also circulating in various countries and the emergence of a brand new variant is just a matter of time, according to scientists.




(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
🦠19,820,181 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️163,095 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result - since the first reported death on 6 March 2020.
🕯️ 185,273 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes – Registered up to Friday 4 March 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 March 2022)
🚨 1.5 million people currently live with long COVID in the UK
🚨 2.4% of the UK population currently live with long COVID
🚨 Long COVID symptoms adversely affect the day-to-day activities of 989,000 people (65% of long COVID sufferers)
🚨 Of those, 281,000 people are “limited a lot”
🚨 Most common symptoms: Fatigue (51%), shortness of breath (35%), loss of smell (34%), loss of taste (25%), and difficulty concentrating (25%)

(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 and Northern Ireland in the week ending 26 February 2022. Trends were uncertain in Wales. In Scotland, infections increased slightly 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 15 March 2022. | The authors write in a personal capacity.
  • Data cross-referenced with the latest official data from the UK dashboard.
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