103 more lives were lost due to Covid-19 in 24 hours, while 28,612 new coronavirus infections were also reported. There have also been 967,476 new virus infections reported in the past 28 days. Does “living with Covid” really mean accepting that 1,115 deaths in 14 days, is our new normal?

First published in August 2021.

📆 Today’s Summary.

🦠 28,612 cases️
🏥 742 hospitalisations
🏥️ 5,631 patients in hospital
🛏️ 871 in ICU beds
🕯️ 103 deaths

📈 280.3 cases per 100k population

🕯️ 153,734 total deaths
🩺 945,000 long COVID

💉 39.2m fully vaccinated
🇬🇧 58.45% of UK population fully vaccinated
🔜 Soon vaccination for 16-17-year-olds
⛔️ Still no plan to vaccinate children 12-15-year-olds

↗️ Increasing | ↘️ Decreasing

555 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain, and 519 days since the first reported death, the virus has now been responsible for infecting 6,042,252 people in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data) and responsible for at least 130,281 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 103 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 28,612 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 34,553 and the average (28-day) reported daily number of coronavirus deaths has risen to 66.

If this was to be the “new normal” for Covid-19 deaths, there would be around 365 x 66 deaths annually, or 24,090 deaths.

Nothing normal about that.

The 28-day cumulative number of infections reported has increased by 71.4% in the past 28 days from 564,324 to 967,476 (28-day totals from 11 July 2021 to 7 August 2021).

Latest health care data indicate that there were 742 Covid-19 hospital admissions reported on 3 August 2021, while 5,631 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds as of 5 August 2021, and 871 patients are requiring intensive care support as of 5 August 2021 – all three measures a continuing 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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💬 Comment of the Day.

According to the scientists of SAGE, in their 94th meeting on COVID-19 held on 22 July 2021, “the biggest longer-term threat to the UK’s health security and response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is the emergence (and establishment within the UK) of variants that either have increased transmissibility, increased severity, escape prior immunity or a combination of these characteristics (high confidence).

“At this point in the epidemic, with a high degree of population immunity, an immune escape variant would be of particular concern (high confidence).

“Increased international vaccination has the potential to reduce the risk to the UK (medium confidence).”


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🧬 Variants News.

(Sequencing as of 7 August 2021)


📉 70,038 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↘️ 98.79% of all sequenced cases


📉 132 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↘️ 0.19% of all sequenced cases


📉 19 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↗️ 0.03% 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 7 August 2021

📉 28,612 daily
↘️ -18.6% vs last week
📈 188,060 weekly
↘️ -2.2% vs last week
📈 280.3 per 100k population daily
↘️ -2.2% vs last week

📉 742 daily
↘️ -18.6% vs last week
📉 5,328 weekly
↘️ -15.9% vs last week

📉 5,631 daily
↘️ -5.1% vs last week

📉 871 daily
↘️ -0.2% vs last week

📈 103 daily
↗️ +45.1% vs last week
📈 627 weekly
↗️ +28.5% vs last week

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

🔴 6,042,252 positive cases so far (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
⚫️ 130,281 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 7 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 7 August 2021.

💉 Vaccination Data

People vaccinated in the UK: (up to and including 6 August 2021)

• 💉46,997,495 first doses
📈 88.86% of UK adults (aged 18 and above)
📈 70.06% of total UK population

• 💉39,210,356 fully vaccinated
📈 74.14% of UK adults (aged 18 and above)
📈 58.45% of total UK population

People vaccinated in the UK up to and including 6 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 6 August 2021, 58.45% 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 6 August 2021)

  • Latest R range for England 0.8 to 1.1
  • Latest growth rate range for England -3% to +1% per day
  • An R value between 0.8 and 1.1 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 8 and 11 other people. A growth rate of between -3% and 1% means that the number of new infections could be broadly flat, shrinking by up to 3% every day, or growing by up to 1% 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:

According to the latest ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey, in the week ending 31 July 2021, the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus decreased in England (1 in 75), Wales (1 in 55), and Scotland (1 in 230). In Northern Ireland, the percentage testing positive continued to increase (1 in 120).

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 967,476 new cases in total in the last 28 days
  • 1,846 deaths in the last 28 days – the highest 28-day number of deaths since 7 April 2021

Days since:

  • 555 days since the first reported UK case
  • 519 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 7 August 2021. | The authors write in a personal capacity.]