138 deaths due to Covid-19 reported in the UK in 24 hours, together with 21,691 new coronavirus infections. There were also 980,702 new virus infections reported in the past 28 days.

First published in August 2021.

📆 Today’s Summary.

🦠 𝟮𝟭,𝟲𝟵𝟭 positive tests
🏥 𝟳𝟯𝟭 hospitalisations
🏥️ 𝟲,𝟬𝟵𝟵 patients in hospital
🛏️ 𝟴𝟵𝟱 in ICU beds
🕯️ 𝟭𝟯𝟴 deaths

💉 𝟯𝟴.𝟲𝗺 fully vaccinated
💉 𝟱𝟳.𝟱𝟯% of UK population fully vaccinated
🔞 Still no plan to vaccinate children

🦠 𝟵𝟴𝟬,𝟳𝟬𝟮 new cases in 28 days
🕯️ 𝟭,𝟱𝟳𝟳 deaths in 28 days

🕯️ 𝟭𝟱𝟯,𝟳𝟯𝟰 total deaths
🩺 𝟵𝟲𝟮,𝟬𝟬𝟬 long COVID

551 days since the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was first reported in Britain, and 515 days since the first reported death, the virus has now been responsible for infecting 5,923,820 people in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data) and responsible for at least 129,881 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test result).

Official data currently indicate there have been 153,734 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 23 July 2021, according to Public Health England (PHE).

🔍 The Details.

Today’s data in the UK sadly indicate that a further 138 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours due to Covid-19, (the highest number of daily deaths reported since 17 March 2021), while transmission of the virus continues to be of concern, with further 21,691 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 has fallen slightly today to 35,025, and the average (28-day) reported daily number of coronavirus deaths has risen to 56.

The 28-day cumulative number of infections reported has increased by 112% in the past 28 days from 462,673 to 980,702 (28-day totals from 7 July to 3 August 2021).

Latest health care data indicate that there were 731 Covid-19 hospital admissions reported on 30 July 2021, 6,099 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds as of 2 August 2021 (the highest since 18 March 2021) , and 895 patients are requiring intensive care support as of 2 August 2021 (the highest since 17 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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📌 Must-read Today.

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🧬 Variants News.

(Sequencing as of 3 August 2021)


📈 𝟳𝟴,𝟭𝟬𝟯 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↘️ 𝟵𝟴.𝟴𝟴% of all sequenced cases


📉 𝟮𝟰𝟳 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↘️ 𝟬.𝟯𝟭% of all sequenced cases

Note: Although the Delta variant still represents over 98% of all sequenced cases, it looks like it has recently initiated a (very slow) decrease. In the meantime, the Alpha variant is vanishing and other variants (Gamma, Beta, Eta and Delta Plus) seem to be on a slow increase.

📈 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 3 August 2021

📉 𝟮𝟭,𝟲𝟵𝟭 daily
↘️️ -7.7% vs last week
📉 𝟮𝟳𝟯.𝟯 per 100k population daily
↘️ -20.5% vs last week
📉 𝟭𝟴𝟮,𝟳𝟯𝟬 weekly
↘️ -20.5% vs last week

📉 𝟳𝟯𝟭 daily
↘️ -14.3% vs last week
📉 𝟲,𝟬𝟬𝟯 weekly
↘️ -0.4% vs last week

📈 𝟲,𝟬𝟵𝟵 daily highest since 18 March 2021 (6,150)
↗️ +2.4% vs last week

📈 𝟴𝟵𝟱 daily highest since 17 March 2021 (925)
↗️ +9.1% vs last week

📈 𝟭𝟯𝟴 daily highest since 17 March 2021 (141)
↗️ +5.3% vs last week
📈 𝟱𝟰𝟮 weekly
↗️ +12.9% vs last week

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

🔴 5,923,820 positive cases so far (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
⚫️ 129,881 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 03 August 2021)
⚫️ 153,734 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes – Registered up to Friday 23 July 2021

7-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 3 August 2021.

💉 Vaccination Data

People vaccinated in the UK: (up to and including 2 August 2021)

• 💉46,898,525 first doses
📈 88.67% of UK adults (18 and above)
📈 69.91% of total UK population

• 💉38,590,332 fully vaccinated
📈 72.96% of UK adults (18 and above)
📈 57.53% of total UK population

People vaccinated in the UK up to and including 2 August 2021.

Vaccination Data - daily numbers in the UK - up to and including 2 August 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 2 August 2021, 57.53% 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:

  • 980,702 new cases in total in the last 28 days
  • 1,577 deaths in the last 28 days – the highest 28-day number of deaths since 10 April 2021

Days since:

  • 551 days since the first reported UK case
  • 515 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 3 August 2021. | The authors write in a personal capacity.]