Although the UKHSA COVID dashboard has now moved to weekly reporting to hide the inconvenient truth about the current rising wave of infection, PMP continues to publish its daily report.


The Zoe COVID Study’s positive symptomatic case estimate is currently 339,265 cases (+14.6% in a week). The 7-day estimate shows 2,238,027 cases in a week (+15.7%). On average, it is now estimated that at least 319,718 people are still infected by coronavirus every day in the UK.

🙈🙉🙊 #CovidIsNotOver


First published in June 2022.







covid summary


Latest UK Dashboard


Reminder on data reporting in the UK

From Friday 1 July 2022, the COVID-19 UKHSA Dashboard moves to weekly reporting.
The reporting of ZOE COVID Study data will remain daily.
The reporting of ONS Infection Survey data will remain weekly with a 7-day lag.




(Source: UKHSA | ZOE | ONS)


Zoe COVID Study & ONS Infection Survey UK Latest Estimates




■ Zoe COVID Study




ZOE COVID Study



■ ONS Infection Survey UK Latest Estimates






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


BA.4 and BA.5 have become dominant in the UK, driving increase in infections — Update

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is reminding people to ensure their COVID-19 vaccinations are up to date and to continue following COVID-safe behaviours, as latest technical data indicates BA.4 and BA.5 have become dominant in the UK and are driving the recent increase in infections.

COVID-19 has not gone away, so it is also vitally important that people continue to follow the guidance. Stay at home if you have any respiratory symptoms or a fever and limit contact with others until you are feeling better, particularly if they are likely to be at greater risk if they contract COVID-19.

UKHSA encourage everyone to continue to follow the most up-to date guidance.

There are simple things you can do in your daily life that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections and protect those at highest risk. Things you can choose to do are:

  • get vaccinated
  • let fresh air in if meeting others indoors
  • practise good hygiene:
    - wash your hands
    - cover your coughs and sneezes
    - clean your surroundings frequently
    - wear a face covering or a face mask, particularly if you are in crowded and enclosed spaces

TRAVEL: ENTRY RULES AND RESTRICTIONS

Check out the latest situation for 20 of the top travel destinations for Brits:



ZOE COVID Study’s Top 20 symptoms of COVID-19 (as of 31-Jun-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.
Ventilation to reduce the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19
Guidance on the ventilation of indoor spaces to reduce the spread of respiratory infections, including coronavirus (COVID-19).
List of general population COVID-19 testing providers - GOV.UK

(Source: Gov.uk)






latest news


Infection estimates for COVID-19 continue to rise across UK – ONS

The percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) continued to increase across the UK in the latest week, passing an estimated 2 million people in England who would have tested positive for the virus.

Estimates are for the week ending 29 June 2022 for England and Northern Ireland and week ending 30 June for Wales and Scotland.

The increases are likely to be caused by increases in infections compatible with Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5.

The estimated number of people in the community population testing positive was:

  • 2,154,000 (1 in 25 people) in England
  • 149,700 (1 in 20 people) in Wales
  • 98,400 (1 in 19 people) in Northern Ireland
  • 312,800 (1 in 17 people) in Scotland

[Read more...]

More primary than secondary school staff had COVID-19 – ONS

A higher percentage of primary school staff had positive coronavirus (COVID-19) tests than secondary school staff across both the autumn 2021 and spring 2022 terms.

Among classroom teachers, 19.8% in primary schools and 12.4% in secondary schools had a positive coronavirus test in spring 2022.

Head and deputy head teachers in secondary schools had the lowest percentages with a positive test in both autumn 2021 (8.4%) and spring 2022 (9%) compared with staff in other roles. Primary teaching assistants had the highest percentage of staff with a positive test in the spring 2022 term (22%).

When adjusting for other demographic and geographic variables, secondary school staff were 29% less likely to report a positive test than primary school staff in spring 2022.

The higher percentage with a positive test among primary staff compared with secondary staff contrasts with the data seen in pupils.

The proportion with a positive test among secondary staff was lower than that seen in secondary pupils (12.6% compared with 27.0% during the spring 2022 term).

[Read more...]

Around 2 million people in the UK experiencing long COVID – ONS

Around 2 million people (3% of the UK population) in private households were experiencing self-reported long COVID as of 4 June 2022, according to data from the UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey.

Long COVID describes cases where symptoms continue beyond four weeks after the first suspected infection.

[Read more...]



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Since February 2022, the UKHSA has slowly reduced the publishing of its daily COVID updates, following the UK Government’s narrative that we should all “live with the virus”.

UKHSA now reports only once a week.

The virus doesn’t take a break 6 days a week.
It doesn’t infect people from time to time.
It doesn’t stop at a border either.

The virus still spreads and kills people every day in the UK and around the world. COVID-19 is NOT over.

We, at PMP, have decided to continue to publish the latest COVID data available every day, especially the Zoe COVID Study estimates – probably more accurate than the UK Government’s own data since free testing has ended in England,  and the ONS COVID Infection Survey estimates.

Please, support our work through our crowdfunding to help us to continue our COVID reporting: Donate now.


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UK’s latest omicron wave being driven by BA.4 and BA.5 covid variants
The latest coronavirus figures from the UK’s Office for National Statistics show that around 2.7 million people had covid-19 in the week ending 29 June, as the highly transmissible omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 drive infections
Covid-19 bereaved say inquiry must hold Boris Johnson to account
Families who lost loved ones welcome PM’s exit but worry his handling of pandemic will be overlooked
Covid hospitalisations in England may be ‘topping off’, says expert
But Dr David Spiegelhalter said cases were still rising and hospital admissions increased 33% this week

We shouldn’t be complacent to the potential threat of this, or subsequent COVID waves.
Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5 are behind an increasing wave of infections in the UK. The wall of immunity put up by vaccinations and previous infections is not as strong as it once was. So, what happens next?






variant news



■ 🧬 COG-UK sequencing

The BA.5 sub-variant is now dominant in the UK.





(Source: COG-UK)






full data


📈 UKHSA COVID-19 CHARTS





























long covid


🧩 Long COVID


LONG COVID UK ESTIMATE (ONS – 7 July 2022)

🚨 2 million people currently live with long COVID in the UK (vs 2 million last month)
🚨 3% of the UK population currently live with long COVID (vs 3.1%)
🚨 1 in 33 people in the UK has long COVID
🚨 Long COVID symptoms adversely affect the day-to-day activities of 1.4 million people, 74% of long COVID sufferers (vs 1.4 million)
🚨 Of those, 409,000 people (21%) are “limited a lot” (vs 398,000)
🚨 570,000 (29%) first had COVID-19 before Alpha became the main variant; 237,000 (12%) in the Alpha period, 394,000 (20%) in the Delta period, and 642,000 (33%) in the Omicron period.
LONG COVID UK ESTIMATE

🚨 Most common symptoms of long COVID
▫ fatigue (56%)
▫ shortness of breath (31%)
▫ loss of smell (22%)
▫ muscle ache (21%)

🚨 Prevalence of long COVID is greatest in people
▫ aged 35-69 years
▫ females
▫ living in more deprived areas
▫ working in social care, teaching, education or health care
▫ with another activity-limiting health condition or disability

🚨 Long COVID by occupation (ONS – 29 Jun-2022)
▫ Police and protective services (25%)
▫ Education (22%)
▫ Social care sector (22%)



(Source: ONS)








long covid kids


🧩 Long COVID Kids

LONG COVID KIDS

According to a recent systematic review and meta-analyses of Long-COVID in children and adolescents published in Nature:

🚨 Long COVID affects 1 in 4 infected children (25.24%)

🚨 For hospitalised children, prevalence of long-COVID is nearly 1 in 3 infected children (29.19%)

🚨 Most prevalent clinical manifestations of Long COVID in children/adolescents:
▫ mood symptoms (16.50%)
▫ fatigue (9.66%)
▫ sleep disorders (8.42%)
▫ headache (7.84%)
▫ respiratory symptoms (7.62%)
▫ sputum production or nasal congestion (7.53%)
▫ cognitive symptoms (6.27%)
▫ loss of appetite (6.07%)
▫ exercise intolerance (5.73%)
▫ altered smell (5.60%)

🚨 Children infected by COVID-19 have a higher risk of persistent dyspnea, anosmia/ageusia, and/or fever

🚨 Like adults, the pediatric population’s risk factors associated with long-COVID are:
▫ older age children
▫ female gender
▫ severe COVID-19
▫ overweight/obesity
▫ comorbid allergic diseases and other long-term co-morbidities


Conclusion

The authors of the systematic review and meta-analyses of Long-COVID in children and adolescents conclude:

🧾
Protective measures are essential to prevent long-COVID in children. We need to understand the long-COVID pathophysiology and symptomatology to support clinical management systems, establish rehabilitation programs, and design guidelines and therapeutic research.
Long-COVID represents a significant public health concern, and there are no guidelines to address its diagnosis and management.
“Our meta-analyses further support the importance of continuously monitoring the impact of long-COVID in children and adolescents and the need to include all variables and appropriate control cohorts in studies to better understand the real burden of pediatric long-COVID.”






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


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