▫ 70,468 COVID cases in 7 days on the UK government dashboard 📈
▫ 828,505 estimated symptomatic cases by ZOE 📈
▫ 5,572 hospital admissions in 7 days 🚨
▫ 7,577 patients currently in hospital 🚨
▫ 175 patients in ICU 🚨
▫ 1,117 deaths in 7 days 🚨

🙈🙉🙊 #CovidIsNotOver


First published in May 2022.







covid summary






latest details


  • 284 deaths* due to coronavirus in the latest UK data report.
  • 10,413 new coronavirus infections* in the latest UK data report - 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.

(*) Note: Due to technical issues, the Department of Health in Northern Ireland were unable to update the numbers of tests, cases and deaths reported. Vaccinations have been updated as usual. This means that UK cases, deaths and testing data has not been updated beyond 10 May 2022.

  • The total number of coronavirus infections reported across the UK in the last 7 days was 76,867, while in the last 28 days 471,992 infections have been reported.
  • 1,389 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 198 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 72,426 deaths across the UK.
  • Meanwhile, a total of 6,313 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported across the UK in the last 28 days.
  • 737 COVID-19 hospital admissions occurred on 8 May 2022.
  • 9,619 patients suffering from COVID-19 are currently occupying hospital bedsreported as of 9 May 2022.
  • 203 COVID-19 patients are occupying mechanical ventilation beds – according to the data reported on 10 May 2022.
  • All three of these healthcare measures remain a concern for our under-pressure NHS.

SO FAR:

  • 833 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain (31 January 2020)
  • 797 days since the first reported death (6 March 2020). Coronavirus has now been responsible for infecting around 22.1 million people in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data)
  • In this time, the virus has been responsible for at least 176,708 deaths (within 28 days of a first positive test result). Official data also currently indicate there have been (at least) 193,713 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 29 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 12-May-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


  • Risk of re-infection higher when Omicron variant was most common – ONS

The risk of becoming re-infected with COVID-19 is still higher when Omicron variants were most common, compared with when the Delta variant was most common.

In recent months, when Omicron variants were most common (December 2021 to April 2022), the risk of those who previously had COVID-19 becoming re-infected was approximately 10 times higher than between May and December 2021, when the Delta variant was most common.

The percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 who reported loss of taste or smell has also remained lower in April 2022, after decreasing sharply when the Omicron variants became most common between December 2021 and January 2022.

Read more...



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covid tweets







must-read


COVID-19: Around 60,000 NHS workers living with PTSD after battling the pandemic
Almost all of them (90% ) believe it will take years to recover and this is against a backdrop, across the wider NHS workforce, of mental health worsening.
Shanghai’s covid-19 lockdown is not even close to over
Don’t believe what you read in the papers
U.S. ‘Vulnerable’ to COVID-19 Without New Shots: White House
White House COVID-19 coordinator issues a dire warning

Severe COVID is equivalent to 20 years of ageing.
A new study finds that the cognitive loss from severe COVID is the same as losing 10 IQ points.
"The magnitude of cognitive loss is similar on average to that sustained with 20 years of ageing, between 50 and 70 years of age. This is equivalent to losing ten IQ points."

Long COVID in children is real and serious. There are treatments available... just not in the UK.
My daughter Jasmin has had long COVID for the past 16 months. I tried for over 6 months to get her research bloods done in the UK. Hitting brick walls, in desperation I took her to Germany in February.
"Two years into the pandemic, with stories of thousands of long COVID kids, lives destroyed, teenagers self-harming with the impact. Where is the will from government and the paediatric community in the UK to pursue biomedical research?"

When it comes to a deadly virus, ignorance is not bliss – Experts.
The views of experts and health professionals on the consequences of ending free testing, “living with the virus”, the situation with long COVID, and the “herd immunity” myth.
"The views of experts and health professionals on the consequences of ending free testing, “living with the virus”, the situation with long COVID, and the “herd immunity” myth."

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?"






must-watch







variant news



■ 🧬 COG-UK sequencing

“South Africa’s daily coronavirus test positivity rate neared a record, rising above 30% on Saturday for the first time in almost five months as two sublineages of the omicron variant spread rapidly ahead of the nation’s winter season,” Bloomberg reported on Saturday.





(Source: COG-UK)






full uk data


📈 UK COVID-19 data


(Source: UK Health Security Agency)


■ 🧮 Case & Death Totals
🦠22,150,700 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️176,708 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result – since the first reported death on 6 March 2020
🕯️ 193,713 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes – Registered up to Friday 29 April 2022 – according to the UK dashboard

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vaccination


💉 Latest UK Vaccination

Note: UK vaccination data is now published weekly on Mondays.






(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 – 6 May 2022)
🚨 1.8 million people currently live with long COVID in the UK
🚨 2.8% of the UK population currently live with long COVID
🚨 1 in 36 people in the UK has long COVID
🚨 Long COVID symptoms adversely affect the day-to-day activities of 1.2 million people (67% of long COVID sufferers)
🚨 Of those, 346,000 people (19%) are “limited a lot”
🚨 556,000 (31%) first had COVID-19 before Alpha became the main variant; 249,000 (14%) in the Alpha period, 446,000 (25%) in the Delta period, and 438,000 (24%) in the Omicron period.
🚨 Most common symptoms of long COVID:
▫ fatigue (51%)
▫ shortness of breath (33%)
▫ loss of smell (26%)
▫ difficulty concentrating (23%)
🚨 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

Going further...






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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  • Text: This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 12 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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