65 deaths due to Covid-19 sadly reported in the UK in 24 hours, together with 24,470 new coronavirus infections. There were also 993,166 new virus infections reported in the past 28 days. Uncertainty continues as the virus still rules the ‘waves’.

First published in August 2021.

📆 Today’s Summary.

🦠 𝟮𝟰,𝟰𝟳𝟬 positive tests
🏥 𝟵𝟭𝟭 hospitalisations
🏥️ 𝟱,𝟵𝟭𝟲 patients in hospital
🛏️ 𝟴𝟲𝟵 in ICU beds
🕯️ 𝟲𝟱 deaths

💉 𝟯𝟴.𝟯𝗺 fully vaccinated
💉 𝟱𝟳.𝟭𝟲% of UK population fully vaccinated
🔞 Still no plan to vaccinate children
🦠 𝟵𝟵𝟯,𝟭𝟲𝟲 new cases in 28 days
🕯️ 𝟭,𝟰𝟲𝟭 deaths in 28 days

🕯️ 𝟭𝟱𝟯,𝟯𝟰𝟮 total deaths
🩺 𝟵𝟲𝟮,𝟬𝟬𝟬 long COVID

549 days since the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was first reported in Britain, and 513 days since the first reported death, the virus has now been responsible for infecting 5,880,667 people in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data) and responsible for at least 129,719 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test result).

Official data currently indicate there have been 153,342 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 16 July 2021, according to Public Health England (PHE).

🔍 The Details.

Today’s data in the UK sadly indicate that a further 65 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours due to Covid-19, while transmission of the virus continues to be of concern, with further 24,470 new infections reported in the last 24 hours.

It is worth noting the average number of new coronavirus infections and deaths due to the virus, reported in the last 28 days of Covid-19 data: average (28-day) reported daily numbers of coronavirus infections his risen slightly today to 35,470, and the average (28-day) reported daily number of coronavirus deaths has risen to 52.

The 14-day cumulative number of infections reported has decreased by 17.3% in the past 14 days from 550,359 to 455,423 (14-day totals, from 19 July to 1 August 2021); while the 28-day cumulative number of infections reported has increased by 139.4% in the past 28 days from 414,940 to 993,166 (28-day totals from 5 July to 1 August 2021).

Latest health care data indicate that there were 911 Covid-19 hospital admissions reported on 27 July, 5,916 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds as of 29 July, and 869 patients are requiring intensive care support as of 29 July (the highest since 18 March 2021) – all three measures continue to be a worrying concern for our over-stretched National Health Service.

Note: The data for deaths attributed to COVID-19 – each following a reported positive test result for COVID-19 within 28 days of their death.

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💬 Comments of the Day.

  • How to minimise childhood Covid, in 4 claims:

1️⃣ “Yes, but children don’t get Covid.”
2️⃣ “Yes, children get Covid, but they don’t get ill.”
3️⃣ “Yes, children die from Covid, but don’t worry... only children with pre-existing conditions die.”
4️⃣ “Don’t worry about Covid: Don’t you know that children also die from drowning or car crashes?”

  • In its latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, dated 30 July 2021, the ONS says that the percentage of people testing positive increased for those aged two years to School Year 11, and those aged over 50 in the week ending 24 July 2021 in England.”

  • The UK government is bound to move into a programme of vaccinating children aged 12 and above, to ensure the highest levels of population immunity. There are many medical, scientific, and mathematical reasons for that. The UK is again marching in the opposite direction of common sense. How much illness first?
  • A number of wealthy countries bought more than enough doses to fully vaccinate their populations. “The argument for sending vaccines outside the country should not preclude vaccinating children,” Dr Nadia Sam-Agudu, a paediatrician with the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore who works in Nigeria, told Nature. There should be enough vaccines to do both if they cared.
  • In terms of vaccinating children, Britain is behind the curve, and it is clearly a political decision to ‘hold’ for the moment. Common sense says there needs to be a plan. Others have gone further, e.g. Israel. The country has decided to start the vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine for children under 12, in exceptional cases.
  • Meanwhile, back at the sharp end... Britain’s JCVI announced that only “children aged 12 to 15 with severe neurodisabilities, Down’s syndrome, immunosuppression, and multiple or severe learning disabilities” will receive the vaccine – leaving still more questions about the plans.
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🧬 Variants News.

(updated on 29 July 2021)


📈 𝟴𝟯,𝟭𝟭𝟵 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↗️ 𝟵𝟵.𝟯𝟵% of all sequenced cases


📈 𝟰𝟭𝟱 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↘️ 𝟬.𝟱𝟬% of all sequenced cases

📈 Increasing figure | 📉 Decreasing figure | ↗️ Increasing % | ↘️ Decreasing %

Find out more about the latest data on COVID-19 variants:
UK COVID-19 variant updates.
The latest COVID-19 variant updates in the United Kingdom.

📈 Full Data Today

UK COVID-19 data 🦠 reported on 1 August 2021

📉 𝟮𝟰,𝟰𝟳𝟬 daily
↘️️ -16.1% vs last week
📉 𝟮𝟴𝟬.𝟴 per 100k population daily
↘️ -30.0% vs last week
📉 𝟭𝟴𝟳,𝟱𝟰𝟴 weekly
↘️ -30.0% vs last week

📉 𝟵𝟭𝟭 daily
↘️ -1.6% vs last week
📉 𝟲,𝟯𝟮𝟳 weekly
↗️ +14.8% vs last week

📉 𝟱,𝟵𝟭𝟲 daily
↗️ +16.8% vs last week

📈 𝟴𝟲𝟵 daily highest since 18 March 2021 (879)
↗️ +24.3% vs last week

📉 𝟲𝟱 daily
↗️ +132.1% vs last week
📈 𝟱𝟮𝟱 weekly
↗️ +16.7% vs last week

📈 Increasing figure | 📉 Decreasing figure | ↗️ Increasing % | ↘️ Decreasing %

🔴 5,880,667 positive cases so far (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
⚫️ 129,719 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 01 August 2021)
⚫️ 153,342 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes – Registered up to Friday 16 July 2021

7-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 1 August 2021.

💉 Vaccination Data

People vaccinated in the UK: (up to and including 31 July 2021)

• 💉 46,851,145 first doses
📈 88.58% of UK adults (18 and above)
📈 69.84% of total UK population

• 💉38,345,841 fully vaccinated
📈 72.50% of UK adults (18 and above)
📈 57.16% of total UK population

People vaccinated in the UK up to and including 31 July 2021.

It is important to note the full range of population data, given that the focus has been on vaccinating those aged 18 and above, and to bear in mind that there is unlikely to be any scientific evidence that the virus draws a line at age 18 years.

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.

  • Adult population (aged 18 and above) = 52,890,044 (last year: 52,673,433)
  • Population aged 16 and above = 54,353,665 (last year: 54,098,971)
  • Population aged 11 and above = 58,325,411 (last year: 57,975,918)
  • Population aged 5 and above = 63,298,904 (last year: 62,939,544)

We need therefore to challenge politicians who present the “vaccination” figures with an almost casual, over-emphasis of the percentages vaccinated. The data are always currently quoted for those in the population aged 18 and above. So where is the vaccination strategy for children and young people in the UK?

As of 31 July 2021, 57.16% of the total UK population had received two doses of a vaccine against the virus (one that for the vaccines currently being used requires 2 doses).

📄 Additional Data

Estimated ®️ number: (report as of 30 July 2021)

  • Latest R range for England 1.1 to 1.4
  • Latest growth rate range for England +2% to +5% per day
  • An R value between 1.1 and 1.4 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 11 and 14 other people. A growth rate of between 2% and 5% means that the number of new infections is growing by between 2% and 5% every day. These estimates represent the transmission of COVID-19 two to three weeks ago, due to the time delay between someone being infected, developing symptoms, and needing healthcare.

To better understand the state of the epidemic in the UK, the UK government recommend “focusing on indicators for the 4 nations of the UK individually, rather than an average value across the UK.” Estimates of the R value and growth rate for different nations can be found via this link.

Estimates of the percentage of the population testing positive for COVID-19:

In the week ending 24 July 2021, the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 continued to increase in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, although there are possible signs that the increase in England may have slowed. The percentage decreased in Scotland.

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 993,166 new cases in total 🦠 highest 28-day infections since 4 February 2021
  • 1,461 deaths in the last 28 days – the highest 28-day number of deaths since 13 April 2021

Days since:

  • 549 days since the first reported UK case
  • 513 days since the first reported UK death

These data, and trends, are shared to focus some light on the situation. We must never forget the data represent real people suffering, real people dying.

📚 Data Sources:

📈 Full Daily UK #COVID19 Charts & Comments via #TodayInCovid at: https://vip.politicsmeanspolitics.com/tag/uk-covid-19-chart/

🧬 Full #Variants Sequencing Data at https://vip.politicsmeanspolitics.com/uk-covid-19-variant-updates/

🦠 Everything #COVID19 at https://vip.politicsmeanspolitics.com/covid19/

🗃️ Sources: @CovidGenomicsUK | @PHE_uk | @ONS

🧮 Special thanks: @JoePajak


Dr Joe Pajak, PhD physical scientist, research & development, governor NHS FT hospital.
J.N. PAQUET, Author & Journalist, Editor of PMP Magazine.


[This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 1 August 2021. | The authors write in a personal capacity.]