The ZOE COVID Study’s positive symptomatic case estimate is currently 161,665 new cases*. It is predicted that at least 1,912,344 people have symptomatic COVID today in the UK.

(* This is the equivalent of the population of Reading¹ in Berkshire being infected every day.)


  • 23-Sep estimate: 161,665 new cases (+22.2% in a week)
  • 7-day estimate: 1,038,950 cases (+18.2%)
  • Daily average: 148,421 people infected on average every day
  • Currently predicted to have COVID: 1,912,344 people

covid UK summary

Reminder on data reporting in the UK

Since 1 July 2022, the COVID-19 UKHSA Dashboard has moved to weekly reporting. From 8 September 2022, updates take place on Thursdays.
The reporting of ZOE COVID Study data has remained daily.
The reporting of ONS Infection Survey data has remained weekly with a 7-day lag.

ZOE COVID Study Estimates

■ Daily Estimated Cases

We are now observing a strong increase in the estimated number of cases for 10 consecutive days.

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(Note: ZOE daily new cases are updated daily at 9am and based on PCR and LFT test data as of 2 days ago.)

ONS Infection Survey Estimates

■ Weekly Estimates Cases

COVID-19 infections increased in England and Wales and decreased in Northern Ireland and Scotland in the latest week (ending 14 September 2022 for England and Wales and 13 September 2022 for Northern Ireland and Scotland). This is the first increase seen in England since mid-July 2022 and the first increase seen in Wales since early July 2022. The decrease in Scotland follows an increase in the previous week, which was the first increase seen in a UK country since mid-July 2022.

The ONS estimates that 927,100 people tested positive for COVID-19 in that week.

The percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus INCREASED in those in School Year 7 to School Year 11 and those aged 25 to 34 years in the week ending 14 September 2022.

ONS Estimated Rate of COVID Reinfections

The estimated rate for reinfections has increased dramatically since Omicron variants became dominant

According to the ONS, there has been a large increase in the rates for all first reinfections since the Omicron variants became dominant, from 12.7 per 100,000 participant days at risk (95% confidence interval: 11.8 to 13.7) on 20 December 2021, to a high of 50.2 per 100,000 participant days at risk (95% confidence interval: 48.8 to 51.5) on the 25 April 2022. The rate has decreased slightly since, likely owing to varying levels of protection provided by past infections, including with Omicron BA.1, and changing background infection levels among the population.

Of all identified reinfections, most have been in the period when the Omicron variants were dominant

Of all identified reinfections, most have been in the period when the Omicron variants were dominant (91.6%). A large proportion of these reinfections had first infections in the periods when Alpha (35.0%) and Delta (35.6%) variants were dominant. A small proportion of people have had a first and second infection during the period when the same variant was dominant, but the rate is highest for those in the period when the Omicron variants were dominant (21.0%) because this period includes BA.1, BA.2, BA.4 and BA.5.

ONS Weekly COVID-19 Recorded Deaths

Deaths involving COVID-19 increased in the UK

According to the ONS, there were 365 deaths involving COVID-19 registered in England and Wales in the week ending 9 September 2022, up from 314 in the previous week.

The total number of deaths in England and Wales was 10,753, which was 9.6% above the five-year average (938 excess deaths). This means COVID-19 deaths accounted for 3.4% of all deaths in the latest week, a decrease from 3.5% in the previous week.

The number of death registrations in the weeks ending 2 September and 9 September 2022 are affected by the bank holiday on 29 August 2022. Caution is needed when comparing across weeks, and with the five-year average.

(Note: There were no data available for Scotland in the latest week. Therefore there are no UK figures available. There were 9 deaths in Northern Ireland in the week ending 9 September 2022, an increase from 6 in the previous week. In England, the number of deaths involving COVID-19 increased from 297 to 339. Trends in deaths involving COVID-19 varied across English regions and across age groups.)

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 23-Sep-2022)

covid surveys

we need your help

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.

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variant news

■ 🧬 COG-UK sequencing

(Source: COG-UK)


💉 Latest UK Vaccination

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

(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

LONG COVID UK ESTIMATE (ONS – 1-Sep-2022, Data up to 31-Jul-2022)

🚨 2 million people currently live with long COVID in the UK (vs 1.8 million last month)
🚨 3.1% of the UK population currently live with long COVID (vs 2.8%)
🚨 1 in 33 people in the UK has long COVID
🚨 Long COVID symptoms still adversely affect the day-to-day activities of 1.5 million people, 73% of long COVID sufferers (vs 1.3 million)
🚨 Of those, 384,000 people (19%) are “limited a lot” (vs 369,000)
🚨 582,000 (29%) first had COVID-19 before Alpha became the main variant; 256,000 (13%) in the Alpha period, 386,000 (19%) in the Delta period, and 681,000 (34%) in the Omicron period.

🚨 Most common symptoms of long COVID
▫ fatigue (62%) ▲
▫ shortness of breath (37%) ▲
▫ difficulty concentrating (33%) ▲
▫ muscle ache (31%) ▲

🚨 Prevalence of long COVID is greatest in people
▫ aged 35-69 years
▫ females
▫ living in more deprived areas
▫ working in social 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%)

Note: There has been a change in the way the data are collected by the ONS. As a result, these estimates are not fully comparable with those in previous bulletins. For more details on these changes, please see the Impact of moving to remote data collection.

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

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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)

Total Cases & Total Deaths

Orphanhood in the UK 🆕

🕯️ Orphanhood of children from COVID-19 is estimated at 15,297 in the UK.
🚨 A tragedy barely mentioned in the media.
(Source: Imperial College London)

Orphanhood in the World 🆕

🕯️ Globally 10.5M children lost parents or caregivers and 7.64M children experienced COVID-associated orphanhood.
(Source: JAMA Network)

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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Our reporting strategy

Since 27 July we don’t publish the UKHSA data in our daily reporting. Those figures are just conveniently and undoubtedly flawed. Instead, we now focus on the ZOE COVID Study and the ONS Infection Survey data.

Our readers deserve the truth about COVID-19 and the UK government has clearly been doing everything – from ending free tests to irregular dashboard reports, delaying and ending some data reports – to make sure the media slowly lose interest in COVID reporting and get the public to believe both that they can live with the virus and that the pandemic is over. This is wrong and untrue, as the WHO and most public health experts have repeatedly told us.

For these reasons, PMP Magazine has so far, and will continue to publish COVID daily updates because we see it as part of our mission to always report the truth, even if it means we are the last media in the UK to do so.

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Going further:

  • Estimates of the population for the UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, 2019 | ONS

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

    • Text: This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 25 Sept 2022. | The authors write in a personal capacity.
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