146 more lives were lost due to Covid-19 in 24 hours, while 23,510 new coronavirus infections were also reported. There have also been 940,673 new virus infections reported in the past 28 days.

First published in August 2021.

📆 Today’s Summary.

🦠 23,510 cases️
🏥 755 hospitalisations
🏥️ 5,909 patients in hospital
🛏️ 859 in ICU beds
🕯️ 146 deaths

📈 292.3 cases per 100k population
🕯️ 154,202 total deaths
🩺 945,000 long COVID

💉 39.7m fully vaccinated
🇬🇧 59.16% of UK population fully vaccinated
🔜 Soon vaccination for 16-17-year-olds
⛔️ Still no plan to vaccinate children 12-15-year-olds

↗️ Increasing | ↘️ Decreasing

558 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain, and 522 days since the first reported death, the virus has now been responsible for infecting 6,117,540 people in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data) and responsible for at least 130,503 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test result).

Official data currently indicate there have been 154,202 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 30 July 2021, according to Public Health England (PHE).

🔍 The Details.

Today’s data in the UK sadly indicate that a further 146 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours due to Covid-19 (the highest number of reported daily deaths since 12 March 2021), while transmission of the virus continues to be of concern, with further 23,510 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 33,595 and the average (28-day) reported daily number of coronavirus deaths has risen slightly to 71.

If this was to be the “new normal” for Covid-19 deaths, there would be around 365 x 71 deaths annually, or 25,915 deaths.

What is normal about that?

The 28-day cumulative number of infections reported has increased by 44.0% in the past 28 days from 653,287 to 940,673 (28-day totals from 14 July 2021 to 10 August 2021).

Latest health care data indicate that there were 755 Covid-19 hospital admissions reported on 6 August 2021, while 5,909 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds as of 9 August 2021, and 859 patients are requiring intensive care support as of 9 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.

Chalkbeat New York reported just a month ago that, “To help curb the spread of COVID, all 56,000 New York City public school classrooms will be equipped with two air purifiers by September, according to the education department.

“Already, the department has distributed 100,000 air purifiers to schools, and they are working to ensure each classroom has two air purifiers by the time schools fully reopen this fall.”

Certainly an excellent move toward school and community health in the United States. But why on earth aren’t WE demanding this in the UK?

Perhaps it is because we have got a government and a prime minister (in particular!) who are far more concerned with watching over their shoulders to ensure they pacify those Libertarian Minions who believe the time has come to throw caution to the wind, to encourage foreign travel, to ditch masks in schools, to forget the 2-metre distancing rule, and to ignore the data – as if the pandemic was already over, done and dusted. A thing of the past. As if the UK was the only country in the world to be absolutely open for business as usual. That stinky old British exceptionalism.

PM Boris Johnson. | Number 10

Or it may be that our prime minister is far too busy playing to the cameras, acting like a fool to get everyone’s attention away from the pandemic and the dodgy contracts to his party’s friends. “Ridicule never killed anyone” should probably be Boris Johnson’s motto. By the way, when was the last time he appeared in a Coronavirus briefing again? (spoiler: 19 July, ie 22 days – nearly a month, while the cases are still high and deaths are in their hundreds every day!)

Sadly, this pandemic is far from over. And whether they like it or not, as the experts have been repeating for months now: we are not safe until everyone is safe.

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📌 Must-read Today.

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No, we can’t treat COVID-19 like the flu. We have to consider the lasting health problems it causes.
COVID-19 will always be a very different disease to the flu. We should aim to stamp it out like measles, not let it spread.
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🧬 Variants News.

(Sequencing as of 9 August 2021)

With the full reopening of the society and a slight increase in cases of the Colombian, Delta, and Gamma variants recently, has the UK become the so-feared variant factory?


📈 75,288 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↗️ 98.74% of all sequenced cases


📈 153 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↘️ 0.20% of all sequenced cases


📈 20 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↗️ 0.03% of all sequenced cases


📈 15 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↗️ 0.02% of all sequenced cases


📈 10 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↗️ 0.01% 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 10 August 2021

📉 23,510 daily
↗️ +8.4% vs last week
📈 196,047 weekly
↗️ +7.3% vs last week
📈 292.3 per 100k population daily
↗️ +7.3% vs last week

📈 755 daily
↗️ +2.3% vs last week
📉 5,308 weekly
↘️ -11.8% vs last week

📈 5,909 daily
↘️ -4.2% vs last week

📉 859 daily
↘️ -4.0% vs last week

📈 146 daily Highest since 12 March (175)
↗️ +5.8% vs last week
📈 622 weekly
↗️ +14.8% vs last week

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

🔴 6,117,540 positive cases so far (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
⚫️ 130,503 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 9 August 2021)
⚫️ 154,202 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes – Registered up to Friday 30 July 2021

7-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 10 August 2021.

💉 Vaccination Data

People vaccinated in the UK: (up to and including 9 August 2021)

• 💉 47,091,889 first doses
📈 89.04% of UK adults (aged 18 and above)
📈 70.20% of total UK population

• 💉 39,688,566 fully vaccinated
📈 75.04% of UK adults (aged 18 and above)
📈 59.16% of total UK population

People vaccinated in the UK up to and including 9 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 9 August 2021, 59.16% 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 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:

  • 940,673 new cases in total in the last 28 days
  • 1,986 deaths in the last 28 days – the highest 28-day number of deaths since 6 April 2021

Days since:

  • 558 days since the first reported UK case
  • 522 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 10 August 2021. | The authors write in a personal capacity.]