▫ 79,310 COVID cases in 7 days on the UK government dashboard 📈
▫ 1,007,250 estimated symptomatic cases by ZOE 📈
▫ 8,840 hospital admissions in 7 days 🚨
▫ 12,475 patients currently in hospital 🚨
▫ 304 patients in ICU 🚨
▫ 1,175 deaths in 7 days 🚨

🙈🙉🙊 #CovidIsNotOver


First published in May 2022.







covid summary






latest details


  • 407 deaths due to coronavirus in the latest report (previous report was on 29 April).
  • 35,635 new coronavirus infections in the latest report (previous report was on 29 April) 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 79,310, while in the last 28 days 663,908 infections have been reported.
  • 1,175 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 168 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 61,268 deaths across the UK.
  • Meanwhile, a total of 6,457 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported across the UK in the last 28 days.
  • 1,198 COVID-19 hospital admissions occurred on 27 April 2022.
  • 12,475 patients suffering from COVID-19 are currently occupying hospital bedsreported as of 29 April 2022.
  • 304 COVID-19 patients are occupying mechanical ventilation beds – according to the data reported on 29 April 2022.
  • All three of these healthcare measures remain a concern for our under-pressure NHS.

SO FAR:

  • 824 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain (31 January 2020)
  • 788 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 175,319 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 28-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


Half of secondary school pupils reported wearing face coverings at school in early 2022, after government recommendations to wear them were lifted. Half of students (50%) said they were still wearing face coverings in lessons, down from 80% who reported doing so before the recommendation that face coverings be worn in classrooms in England was removed on 20 January 2022.

A slightly higher percentage (55%) reported wearing face coverings when inside but not during lessons, down from 68% before the recommendation to wear face coverings in communal areas and corridors was removed on 27 January 2022.

Most secondary school pupils (70%) and headteachers (61%) said face coverings definitely or probably should be made mandatory in schools, while most primary school headteachers (97%) thought they probably or definitely should not be made mandatory.



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407 deaths due to coronavirus in today’s latest UK government report, the first since 29 April, and which means there have now been 1,175 deaths in the past 7 days, and 6,457 deaths in the last 28 days. Surely not the time to be acting as though COVID has gone. It clearly hasn’t.”Dr Joe Pajak






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"It’s not mild. It might be silent in most cases, but this isn’t mild."

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"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."






variant news



■ 🧬 COG-UK sequencing

“South Africa may be entering a fifth Covid wave earlier than expected after a sustained rise in infections over the past 14 days that seems to be driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants, health officials and scientists have said.” (The Guardian)




(Source: COG-UK)






full uk data


📈 UK COVID-19 data


(Source: UK Health Security Agency)


■ 🧮 Case & Death Totals
🦠22,073,858 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️175,319 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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vaccination


💉 Latest UK Vaccination


Note from UKHSA: Because of a data processing issue, it has not been possible to update figures for vaccinations by publish date or vaccination date. Figures will be added in a future release.





(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


🧩 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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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 3 May 2022. | The authors write in a personal capacity.
  • Data cross-referenced with the latest official data from the UK dashboard.
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