26 more lives were lost due to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, while 28,438 new coronavirus infections were also reported. There have also been 203,604 new virus infections reported in the past 7 days.

First published in August 2021.

📆 Today’s Summary.

🦠 28,438 cases️
🏥 882 hospitalisations
🏥️ 5,894 patients in hospital
🛏️ 882 in ICU beds
🕯️ 26 deaths

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

💉 40.7m fully vaccinated
🇬🇧 60.68% of UK population with 2 doses
🔜 Soon vaccination for 16-17-year-olds
⛔️ Still no plan to vaccinate children 12-15-year-olds

↗️ Increasing | ↘️ Decreasing

564 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain, and 528 days since the first reported death, the virus has now been responsible for infecting 6,295,613 people in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data) and responsible for at least 130,979 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 26 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 28,438 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 today to 29,831 while the average (28-day) reported daily number of coronavirus deaths has remained at 79.

If this was to be the “new normal” for Covid-19 deaths, there would be around 365 x 79 deaths annually, or 28,835 deaths.

What is normal about that?

Latest health care data indicate that there were 882 Covid-19 hospital admissions reported on 10 August 2021, while 5,894 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds as of 12 August 2021, and 882 patients are requiring intensive care support as of 12 August 2021 – all three measures a continuing concern for our over-stretched National Health Service.

The NHS impact of a high number of infections and a high number of hospital admissions:
📈 Bed shortages
📈 A&E attendances
📈 Operations cancelled
📈 Every day another challenge

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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🧬 Variants News.

(Sequencing as of 15 August 2021)

Multiple Delta variants are apparently now spreading all over the UK. That might explain why the level of infection remains stable as some variants may be less effective at infected individuals, especially vaccinated people, than the original Delta variant. Is this the result of the Government’s herd immunity strategy (opening everything, no restrictions, no vaccination for the 12-15-year-olds...) that many scientists and health experts had warned could lead to the UK becoming a variant factory? 8 of the 10 new Delta variants that are circulating in the country appear to have originated in the UK.


📈 39,838 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↔️ 47.81% of all sequenced cases


📈 36,755 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↗️ 44.11% of all sequenced cases


📈 2,468 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↗️ 2.96% of all sequenced cases


📈 1,850 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↗️ 2.22% of all sequenced cases


📈 846 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↗️ 1.02% of all sequenced cases

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

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 16 August 2021

📈 28,438 daily
↗️ +13.0% vs last week
📈 203,604 weekly
↗️ +4.8% vs last week
📈 303.5 per 100k population daily
↗️ +4.8% vs last week

King’s College Covid Symptom Study
📉 42,016 daily

HOSPITALISATIONS – Unchanged since 10 Aug
📈 882 daily – Highest since 27 July (914)
↗️ +16.6% vs last week
📈 5,476 weekly
↗️ +2.1% vs last week

PATIENTS IN HOSPITAL – Unchanged since 12 Aug
📈 5,875 daily
↗️ +3.0% vs last week

ON VENTILATION BEDS – Unchanged since 12 Aug
📈 882 daily
↗️ +1.3% vs last week

📉 26 daily
↘️ -29.7% vs last week
📉 624 weekly
↗️ +1.6% vs last week

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

🔴 6,295,613 positive cases so far (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
⚫️ 130,979 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 16 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 16 August 2021.

💉 Vaccination Data

People vaccinated in the UK: (up to and including 15 August 2021)

• 💉47,333,702 first doses
📈 89.49% of UK adults (aged 18+)
📈 70.56% of total UK population

• 💉 40,703,581 fully vaccinated
📈 76.96% of UK adults (aged 18+)
📈 74.89% of UK population (aged 16+)
📈 60.68% of total UK population

People vaccinated in the UK up to and including 15 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?

In summary, as of 15 August 2021:

  • 60.68% of the total UK population (all ages) had received two doses of a vaccine against the virus (one that for the vaccines currently being used requires 2 doses).
  • 74.89% of the UK population (aged 16 and above) had received two doses of a vaccine against the virus (one that for the vaccines currently being used requires 2 doses).
  • 76.96% of the UK population (aged 18 and above) 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 13 August 2021)

  • Latest R range for England 0.8 to 1.0
  • Latest growth rate range for England -4% to 0% per day
  • An R value between 0.8 and 1.0 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 8 and 10 other people. A growth rate of between -4% and 0% means that the number of new infections could be broadly flat, shrinking by up to 4% 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, the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus remained the same in England (1 in 75) and in Northern Ireland (1 in 55), while in Wales it increased (1 in 220 – was 1 in 230), but decreased in Scotland (1 in 190 – was 1 in 120).

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 835,257 new cases in total in the last 28 days
  • 2,218 deaths in the last 28 days – the highest 28-day number of deaths since 5 April 2021

Days since:

  • 564 days since the first reported UK case
  • 528 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 16 August 2021. | The authors write in a personal capacity.]