S ince 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”. They now report only once a week.
We, at PMP, have decided to continue to publish the latest COVID data available every day using the ZOE COVID Study and the ONS Infection Survey to understand what is still happening with the pandemic.
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The current ZOE COVID Study positive symptomatic case estimate is 147,512 new cases. It is predicted that at least 2,319,282 people have symptomatic COVID today in the UK.
- Latest estimate: 147,512 new cases (-11.6% in a week)
- 7-day estimate: 1,082,229 cases (-11.4%)
- Daily average: 154,604 people infected on average every day
- Currently predicted to have COVID: 2,319,282 people
- It is estimated that there have been 60,253,126 cases in the UK since 1-Jan-2022
Long COVID not main factor in long-term sickness increase
According to the ONS, the number of working-age adults who were economically inactive because of long-term sickness has been rising since 2019. This rise started before the coronavirus pandemic, but since the pandemic arrived in the UK in early 2020, the number of people out of work because of long-term sickness has risen by around 363,000. A range of factors could be influencing this, with NHS waiting times for treatment likely to be playing an important role. Average wait times from referral to NHS treatment in England have almost doubled, from around 7 weeks in April 2019 to almost 14 weeks in August 2022.
The number of people on long-term sick with a health condition categorised as “other health problems or disabilities” between April and June 2022 was 97,000 higher than the same period in 2019. This was a 41% increase, the largest increase of any category. These conditions could include long-term symptoms following a COVID-19 infection, known as long COVID. However, the biggest year-on-year increase within this period was between 2019 and 2020, which may suggest that long COVID is not the main contributor to the increase in this category.
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▫ J.N. PAQUET, Author & Journalist, Editor of PMP Magazine.
- Text: This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 10 November 2022. | The authors write in a personal capacity.
- Data cross-referenced with the latest official data from the UK dashboard.
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