▫ 122,131 COVID cases in 7 days on the UK government dashboard 📈
▫ 1,321,140 estimated symptomatic cases by ZOE 📈
▫ 10,160 hospital admissions in 7 days 🚨
▫ 14,097 patients currently in hospital 🚨
▫ 326 patients in ICU 🚨
▫ 2,062 deaths in 7 days 🚨

🙈🙉🙊 #CovidIsNotOver


First published in April 2022.







covid summary






latest details


  • 304 deaths due to coronavirus in the latest report (today for the last 24 hours).
  • 17,224 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 122,131, while in the last 28 days 939,937 infections have been reported.
  • 2,062 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 295 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 107,519 deaths across the UK.
  • Meanwhile, a total of 6,547 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported across the UK in the last 28 days.
  • 1,186 COVID-19 hospital admissions occurred on 23 April 2022.
  • 14,097 patients suffering from COVID-19 are currently occupying hospital bedsreported as of 26 April 2022.
  • 326 COVID-19 patients are occupying mechanical ventilation beds – according to the data reported on 26 April 2022.
  • All three of these healthcare measures a continuing concern for our seriously under-pressure NHS.

SO FAR:

  • 818 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain (31 January 2020)
  • 782 days since the first reported death (6 March 2020). Coronavirus has now been responsible for infecting around 22 million people in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data)
  • In this time, the virus has been responsible for at least 174,448 deaths (within 28 days of a first positive test result). Official data also currently indicate there have been (at least) 191,277 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 15 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)
ZOE



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


In March 2022, deaths due to coronavirus decreased significantly in England but remained similar in Wales. In England, the age-standardised mortality rate (ASMR) for deaths due to COVID-19 decreased from 55.3 to 40.7 deaths per 100,000 people between February 2022 and March 2022. In Wales, the figure went from 45.7 to 45.3 deaths per 100,000 people during the same period.



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“Time to be concerned by the removal of basic public health protections. UK deaths [as reported] due to coronavirus:

  • 304 in 24 hours
  • 2,062 in 7 days
  • 3,402 in 14 days
  • 5,353 in 21 days
  • 6,547 deaths in 28 days.”Dr Joe Pajak.






must-read


Matt Hancock is losing his memory - just listen to his latest claims on Covid
Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock has forgotten ever claiming at the start of the pandemic that he had ‘thrown a protective ring around our care homes’, despite the record of him repeatedly claiming so
"The former Health Secretary is an unreliable narrator when it comes to his handling of Covid. This may trouble his publishers, who have paid him for a “tell-all” book."

It’s not good enough to claim ignorance over Covid deaths in care homes
Ministers cannot hide behind officials. They were expected to weigh up possibilities, including the likelihood of asymptomatic transmission
"A spokesman for former health secretary Matt Hancock said Public Health England had failed to tell ministers what they knew about asymptomatic transmission and “he wished this had been brought to his attention earlier”."

Finally, this reckless government faces a reckoning for Covid deaths in care homes | Charlie Williams
The high court ruling that sending untested patients into care homes in early 2020 was unlawful gives those of us who lost loved ones some hope, says Charlie Williams, spokesperson for Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK
"Matt Hancock, the then secretary for health, said that he had tried to throw a “protective ring” around our care homes. Protective ring. This phrase always sickened me from the day he said it. Even yesterday, after this judgment, Hancock is still saying that he did nothing wrong. He doesn’t feel he owes families such as mine an apology. He’s still in total denial."

China cracks down on price gouging amid food shortages
Authorities warn against lockdown profiteering in Shanghai, as fears in Beijing also prompt run on supermarkets
"Chinese authorities have said they are cracking down on price gouging as food shortages due to Shanghai’s lockdown continue and fears in Beijing prompt a run on supermarkets."

COVID in children is not mild.
Kim Wareham’s daughter is 10. After successfully protecting her against the virus for two years, omicron finally got her. Through her testimony, she wants people to know what her suffering has been like and that COVID-19 for children is not mild.
"It’s not mild. It might be silent in most cases, but this isn’t mild."

Why we can’t ‘boost’ our way out of the COVID-19 pandemic for the long term.
Whether repeated COVID-19 vaccine injections may lead to a phenomenon called “immune exhaustion” is a possibility that needs further study.
"It has become increasingly clear that the second booster does not provide long-lasting protection against breakthrough infections. As a result, it will be necessary to retool the existing vaccines to increase the duration of protection in order to help bring the pandemic to an end."

Who gets to decide when the pandemic is over?
We asked over 1,000 people whether the lifting of restrictions in England signals the end of the pandemic – the majority thought it didn’t.
"In England, the government recently decided to lift all remaining COVID legal restrictions. But does this push towards “living with” the virus mean that England’s pandemic is over? And if not, who should decide when it is?"

Research says Omicron lasts much longer on surfaces than other variants – but disinfecting still works.
We can’t say whether longer Omicron survivability on surfaces relates to a greater risk of infection. But it is of public health significance to know that wiping down surfaces and hand sanitising with disinfectants are effective methods of killing live virus.
"The World Health Organization advises COVID transmission mainly occurs during close personal contact and via aerosols in poorly ventilated or crowded spaces. But the WHO also acknowledges people can become infected by touching their eyes, nose or mouth after coming into contact with contaminated objects or surfaces."

COVID-19 is an airborne hazard – we need to treat it as such.
Focusing mainly on therapeutics and vaccines, without attempting prevention of transmission at a population level, is flawed public health.
"Focusing mainly on therapeutics and vaccines, without attempting prevention of transmission at a population level, is flawed public health."






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■ 🧬 COG-UK sequencing




(Source: COG-UK)






full uk data


📈 UK COVID-19 data


(Source: UK Health Security Agency)


■ 🧮 Case & Death Totals
🦠22,011,920 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️174,448 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result – since the first reported death on 6 March 2020
🕯️ 191,277 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes – Registered up to Friday 15 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.

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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)









long covid


🧩 Long COVID UK

LONG COVID UK ESTIMATE (ONS – 7 April 2022)
🚨 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)






education


  • Absence & Attendance in Schools

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additional data


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




Cumulative number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK

(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)






data sources


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

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Dr Joe Pajak, PhD in physical chemistry: exploring the data, governor of an NHS FT hospital.
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  • Text: This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 27 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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