▫ 161,856 COVID cases in 7 days on the UK government dashboard 📈
▫ 1,695,670 estimated symptomatic cases by ZOE 📈
▫ 13,720 hospital admissions in 7 days 🚨
▫ 17,368 patients currently in hospital 🚨
▫ 349 patients in ICU 🚨
▫ 646 deaths in 24h 🚨

🙈🙉🙊 #CovidIsNotOver

First published in April 2022.

covid summary

latest details

  • 646 deaths due to coronavirus in the latest report (today for the last 24 hours). “Due to a technical issue, Public Health Scotland (PHS) has been unable to provide updated data on cases, deaths, tests and hospital admissions. PHS are working to resolve this and hope to return to normal reporting tomorrow (22 April 2022).”
  • 19,482 new coronavirus infections in the latest report (today for the last 24 hours) and the actual number UK-wide is potentially significantly higher, always worth checking out the data provided 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 161,856, while in the last 28 days 1,297,816 infections have been reported.
  • 1,636 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 234 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 85,306 deaths across the UK.
  • Meanwhile, a total of 6,036 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported across the UK in the last 28 days.
  • 1,616 COVID-19 hospital admissions occurred on 15 April 2022.
  • 17,368 patients suffering from COVID-19 are currently occupying hospital bedsreported as of 20 April 2022.
  • 349 COVID-19 patients are occupying mechanical ventilation beds – according to the data reported on 20 April 2022.
  • All three of these healthcare measures a continuing concern for our seriously under-pressure NHS.


  • 812 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain (31 January 2020)
  • 776 days since the first reported death (6 March 2020). Coronavirus has now been responsible for infecting around 21.9 million people in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data)
  • In this time, the virus has been responsible for at least 173,032 deaths (within 28 days of a first positive test result). Official data also currently indicate there have been (at least) 190,124 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 8 April 2022, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)

(Source: UK Health Security Agency)

latest guidance

UK Government’s List of symptoms of COVID-19

After two years without updating its list of just three symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to the sense of smell or taste), the NHS has finally updated its list of symptoms of COVID:

😩 Shortness of breath
🥱 Feeling tired or exhausted
🤕 An aching body
🤯 A headache
🤐 A sore throat
🤧 A blocked or runny nose
😞 Loss of appetite
🥴 Diarrhoea
🤮 Feeling sick or being sick

ZOE COVID Study’s Top 20 symptoms of COVID-19 (as of 21-Apr-2022)

People with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19
Guidance for people with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19, or a positive test result for COVID-19.
COVID-19: people with COVID-19 and their contacts
Infectious diseases: schools and other childcare settings
Managing cases of infectious diseases in schools and other childcare settings posters.
Changes to COVID-19 testing in England from 1 April
Information on who can access free coronavirus (COVID-19) tests from 1 April 2022 and how to get them.
List of general population COVID-19 testing providers - GOV.UK
Investigation of SARS-CoV-2 variants: technical briefings
Technical briefing documents on novel SARS-CoV-2 variants.

(Source: Gov.uk)

latest news

Visits to “retail and recreation” locations increased by 8% in the week to 15 April 2022 and are now at 91% of pre-coronavirus levels, according to Google Mobility data. Trips to parks and other public open spaces increased by 30% from the previous week and were 54% above pre-coronavirus levels. Workplace attendance decreased by 11% and was 32% below the pre-coronavirus level.

The number of deaths in the UK involving coronavirus (COVID-19) increased to 1,131 in the week ending 8 April 2022. This was 68 more than the previous week, accounting for around 1 in every 12 deaths (9.2%). There were 12,264 total deaths registered in the UK in the most recent week, which was 4.7% above the five-year average.

People who live in a deprived area, or who identify as an ethnic minority, were less likely to have received a third coronavirus vaccination. Analysis has revealed a reduced uptake of the third vaccination, also more commonly known as a “booster jab”, among those working outside the home for five or more days per week. There was also a reduced uptake among those who have been infected with COVID-19 previously. Age was a factor in certain groups who did not receive the third coronavirus jab.

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“646 deaths have been reported on the UK government dashboard today in relation to the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, 1,636 deaths due to COVID have been reported in the last 7 days, and 6,036 deaths in the last 28 days. COVID is not over.”Dr Joe Pajak.


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Focusing mainly on therapeutics and vaccines, without attempting prevention of transmission at a population level, is flawed public health.


variant news

■ 🧬 COG-UK sequencing

“In the United States, the BA.2 variant’s new spin-off, the BA.2.12.1 sub-subvariant, is now surging exponentially. It is so infectious that it is outpacing even BA.2 and completely displacing Omicron, which is now near extinct. Together BA.2 and BA.2.12.1 are now 94% of all strains in the US,” Dr Eric Feigl-Ding explains. Is this what should be expected to soon hit the UK because of the UK government’s ‘Living With Covid’ strategy?

(Source: COG-UK)

full uk data

📈 UK COVID-19 data

(Source: UK Health Security Agency)

■ 🧮 Case & Death Totals
🦠21,909,509 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️173,032 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result – since the first reported death on 6 March 2020
🕯️ 190,124 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes – Registered up to Friday 8 April 2022 – according to the UK dashboard

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💉 Latest UK Vaccination

(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.

PMP Xtra

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)

long covid


🚨 1.7 million people currently live with long COVID in the UK
🚨 2.7% of the UK population currently live with long COVID
🚨 1 in 37 people in the UK has long COVID
🚨 Long COVID symptoms adversely affect the day-to-day activities of 1.1 million people (67% of long COVID sufferers)
🚨 Of those, 322,000 people (19%) are “limited a lot”
🚨 Most common symptoms of long COVID:
▫ fatigue (51%)
▫ shortness of breath (34%)
▫ loss of smell (28%)
▫ muscle ache (24%)
🚨 Prevalence of long COVID is greatest in people:
▫ aged 35-49 years
▫ females
▫ living in more deprived areas
▫ working in social care, teaching, education or health care
▫ with another activity-limiting health condition or disability

(Source: ONS)


  • Absence & Attendance in Schools

Going further...

additional data

Weekly New Hospital Admissions for COVID-19 (per million)

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)

data sources

📚 Sources:


  • 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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🗃️ Sources: @CovidGenomicsUK | @UKHSA | @ONS

🧮 Special thanks: @JoePajak | #NHS | NHS staff

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J.N. PAQUET, Author & Journalist, Editor of PMP Magazine.


  • Text: This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 21 April 2022. | The authors write in a personal capacity.
  • Data cross-referenced with the latest official data from the UK dashboard.
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