149 lives lost due to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, while an additional 35,847 new coronavirus infections were reported. 236,796 new virus infections reported in the past 7 days. The 743 deaths reported in the last 7 days equate, on average, to around 106 deaths each day.

First published in August 2021.

📆 Today’s Summary.

🦠 35,847 cases ↗️
🦠 236,796 cases in 7 days ↗️
📈 353 cases/100k ↗️

💉 42m fully vaccinated
💉 62.71% of UK population fully vaccinated

🏥 859 hospitalisations ️↗️
🏥️ 6,874 patients in hospital️ ↘️
🛏️ 957 in ICU beds ↗️

🕯️ 149 deaths ↘️
🕯️ 743 deaths in 7 days ↗️
🕯️ 155,465 total deaths

↗️ Increasing | ↘️ Decreasing | ↔️ Unchanged

573 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain, and 537 days since the first reported death, the virus has now been responsible for infecting over 6.5 million people (6,590,747 to be precise) in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data) and responsible for at least 132,003 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test result).

Official data currently indicate there have been 155,465 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 13 August 2021, according to Public Health England (PHE).

🔍 The Details.

Today’s data in the UK sadly indicate that a further 149 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 35,847 new infections reported in the last 24 hours.

It is worth noting the total number of new coronavirus infections, and deaths due to the virus, reported in the last 7 days of Covid-19 data. The total number of coronavirus infections reported in the last 7 days has risen today to 236,796 while 743 deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in the last 7 days. This equates on average to around 106 deaths each of the past 7 days.

If this was to be the “new normal” for daily deaths caused by Covid-19, then annually this would equate to around 38,742 deaths.

What is normal about that?

Latest health care data indicate that there were 859 Covid-19 hospital admissions reported on 21 August 2021, while 6,874 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds as of 24 August 2021, and 957 patients are requiring intensive care support as of 24 August 2021 – all three measures an increasing 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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⏰ Latest Changes.

  • If you have had contact with someone who has tested positive – ENGLAND

If you are fully vaccinated, or under 18, you no longer need to self-isolate after close contact with someone who has COVID-19. If you have symptoms you should still isolate and take a PCR test. Find out when to self-isolate and what to do on the NHS website.

  • Vaccinations for young peopleENGLAND

16 and 17-year-olds can now get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. They will be contacted and invited by the NHS but cannot book online.

  • International travel UK WIDE

If you have been fully vaccinated in the UK, United States or most of Europe, you do not need to quarantine or take a day 8 test when returning from amber list countries.

📻 Latest News.

According to The Telegraph, the NHS has been asked to draw up plans to start vaccinating all 12 to 15-year-olds from the first week schools go back, despite the JCVI, the government’s advisers on vaccination, not recommending such a rollout at the moment.

The Telegraph adds that no parental consent would be required for the children to be jabbed in schools. Emails seen by the right-wing newspaper say that NHS trusts have been told to prepare for the possible rollout of a 12 to 15-year-old healthy child vaccination programme commencing September 6.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care, however, insisted on Wednesday night that no decision to roll out jabs for 12 to 15-year-olds has been taken by the government yet.

💬 Comment of the Day.

A recent study in China found that virus particles can infect people via long-range spread. Behind this spread are bioaerosols [droplets or particles smaller than 5 micrometres] which can remain suspended in the air for extended periods and move with air currents.

Their conclusion: Aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2 due to poor ventilation may explain the community spread of COVID-19.

What about schools?

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a world leader in research and education. And when a MIT study says, “Schools will need more than fresh air to stop COVID-19”, you listen, take note, and take action.

But are UK schools ready for the next academic year with the Delta variant increasing its impact? Has the government provided appropriate expert advice and resources? Have schools been given appropriate advice and support to prepare for students return?

Open windows in a classroom may give a false, or incomplete, impression of good ventilation.

“To reduce SARS-CoV-2 exposure indoors, it is crucial to space seating according to guidelines, wear masks, and keep windows open.

“Aerosol from an infected person sitting in line with an open window can be carried to the students behind. The exposure is reduced if the airflow from the window is directed toward the floor using a simple deflector or fan,” explains Professor Glicksman, professor of building technology and mechanical engineering at MIT.

The science exists. The evidence is crystal clear.

Again, what is the government doing?

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🐦 Tweets of the Day.

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🧬 Variants News.

(Sequencing as of 23 August 2021)


📈 39,022 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↗️ 49.80% of all sequenced cases


📈 33,130
↘️ 42.28%


📈 2,282
↘️ 2.91%


📈 1,798
↗️ 2.29%


📈 869
↘️ 1.11%

📈 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 25 August 2021

📈 35,847 daily
↗️ +5.7% vs last week
📈 236,796 weekly
↗️ +12.1%
📈 353 per 100k daily Highest since 26 July (377)
↗️ +12.1%

🦠 King’s College ESTIMATE
📈 51,961 daily cases

📈 859 daily
↗️ +9.7%
📈 6,172 weekly
↗️ +9.4%

📉 6,874 daily
↗️ +7.9%

📈 957 daily – Highest since 16 March (968)
↗️ +3.5%

📉 149 daily
↗️ +34.2%
📈 743 weekly
↗️ +13.4%
📈 2,575 in the last 28 days – Highest since 1 April
↗️ +10.5%

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

🦠 6,590,747 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️ 132,003 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result
🕯️ 155,465 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes – Registered up to Friday 13 August 2021

7-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 25 August 2021.

💉 Vaccination UK

People vaccinated in the UK: (up to and including 24 August 2021)

💉47,792,552 first doses
📈 90.36% of UK adults (aged 18+)
📈 87.93% of UK population (aged 16+)
📈 71.25% of total UK population

💉42,072,712 fully vaccinated
📈 79.55% of UK adults (aged 18+)
📈 77.41% of UK population (aged 16+)
📈 62.72% of total UK population

Estimates suggest that around 12 million children in the UK – aged 15 and below – remain unvaccinated.

People vaccinated in the UK up to and including 24 August 2021.

In summary, as of 23 August 2021:

  • 62.52% 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).
  • 77.17% 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).
  • 79.30% 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).

PMP Xtra

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)

(Source ▪ ONS)

📄 Additional Data

Estimated ®️ number: (report as of 20 August 2021)

  • Latest R range for England 0.9 to 1.2
  • Latest growth rate range for England +1% to +3% per day
  • An R value between 0.9 and 1.2 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 9 and 12 other people. A growth rate of between -1% and +3% means that the number of new infections could be broadly flat, shrinking by up to 1% every day or growing by up to 3% 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:

Latest ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey data showing COVID-19 infections have decreased in England and Scotland but increased in Wales in the week ending 14 August 2021. The trend was uncertain in Northern Ireland in the same week.

The estimated percentage of the community population (those not in hospitals, care homes or other institutional settings) that had COVID-19 in the latest week was:

  • 1.28% (1 in 80 people) in England
  • 0.77% (1 in 130 people) in Wales
  • 1.92% (1 in 50 people) in Northern Ireland
  • 0.49% (1 in 200 people) in Scotland

The ONS explains that across England, infections decreased for those in school Years 7 to 11 and those aged 25 to 34 years and 70 years and over. The positivity rate increased in those aged 35 to 49 years and the trend was uncertain for all other age groups. Infections have also decreased in the West Midlands, East Midlands and North East of England in the most recent week. The positivity rate increased in the East of England and levelled off in the South East and London. Trends were uncertain in all other regions.

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 820,576 new cases in total in the last 28 days
  • 2,517 deaths in the last 28 days – the highest 28-day number of deaths since 2 April 2021

Days since:

  • 572 days since the first reported UK case
  • 536 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: https://vip.politicsmeanspolitics.com/tag/uk-covid-19-chart/

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

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

🗃️ Sources: @CovidGenomicsUK | @PHE_uk | @ONS

🧮 Special thanks: @JoePajak & #NHS


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