100 lives lost due to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, while an additional 38,046 new coronavirus infections were reported. 239,237 new virus infections reported in the past 7 days. Many people are deciding to stay at home this Bank Holiday to avoid the increasing risk of catching the virus.

First published in August 2021.

📆 Today’s Summary.

🦠 38,046 cases ↘️
🦠 239,237 cases in 7 days ↗️
📈 356.6 cases/100k ↗️

💉 42.3m fully vaccinated
💉 63.18% of UK population fully vaccinated

🏥 948 hospitalisations ↗️
🏥️ 6,942 patients in hospital️️ ↗️
🛏️ 982 in ICU beds ↗️

🕯️ 100 deaths ↘️
🕯️ 756 deaths in 7 days ↘️
🕯️ 155,465 total deaths

↗️ Increasing | ↘️ Decreasing | ↔️ Unchanged

575 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain, and 539 days since the first reported death, the virus has now been responsible for infecting over 6.6 million people (6,666,399 to be precise) in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data) and responsible for at least 132,243 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 100 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 38,046 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 239,237 while 756 deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in the last 7 days. This equates on average to around 108 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 39,420 deaths.

What is normal about that?

Latest health care data indicate that there were 948 Covid-19 hospital admissions reported on 23 August 2021, while 6,942 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds as of 26 August 2021, and 982 patients are requiring intensive care support as of 25 August 2021 – the highest number since 15 March 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 / 27-Aug.

  • Changes to green and red travel lists, from 4am on 30 August – UK WIDE

Montenegro and Thailand will move to the red list. The Azores, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania and Switzerland will move to the green list.

  • 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.

🐦 Tweets of the Day.

📌 Must-read Today.

Prepare for back-to-school Covid surge, Sage experts warn
Minimal immunity and dropping of preventive measures could lead to widespread school infections
Masks to be worn in some south-west England schools amid Covid rise
Rule for communal areas in secondary schools and colleges is part of extra efforts in region
Boris Johnson ‘privately accepts’ up to 50,000 annual Covid deaths as acceptable, advisers say
i understands Downing Street will consider a cost-benefit analysis on both saving lives and effect of deaths on the UK economy before implementing contingency plans for further lockdowns
Why it will soon be too late to find out where the COVID-19 virus originated.
Since the WHO’s investigation earlier this year, several papers have come to the same conclusion regarding the likely origins of SARS-CoV-2. Yet progress is too slow.
Petition: Offer the Covid-19 vaccine to under 18s
Now that all adults are being offered the vaccine, most youth have so far remained unvaccinated, and unsurprisingly, the delta variant seems to disproportionately affect youth (likely as they are unvaccinated), significantly more than adults. The UK Government must take action to address this.

🧬 Variants News.

(Sequencing as of 27 August 2021)


📉 48,476 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↘️ 49.45% of all sequenced cases


📈 42,060
↗️ 42.90%


📈 2,908
↗️ 2.97%

📈 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 27 August 2021

📉 38,046 daily
↗️ +2.0% vs last week
📈 239,237 weekly
↗️ +9.1%
📈 356.6 per 100k daily Highest since 26 July (377)
↗️ +9.1%

King’s College ESTIMATE 🦠
📈 54,262 daily cases

📈 948 daily
↗️ +9.6%
📈 6,275 weekly
↗️ +7.7%

📈 6,942 daily
↗️ +7.2%

📈 982 daily – Highest since 15 March (1,016)
↗️ +5.8%

📉 100 daily
↘️ -12.3%
📉 756 weekly
↗️ +9.9%
📈 2,662 in the last 28 days – Highest since 1 April
↗️ +10.5%

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

🦠 6,666,399 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️ 132,243 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 27 August 2021.

💉 Vaccination UK

People vaccinated in the UK: (up to and including 26 August 2021)

💉47,915,768 first doses
📈 90.60% of UK adults (aged 18+)
📈 88.16% of UK population (aged 16+)
📈 71.43% of total UK population

💉42,379,353 fully vaccinated
📈 80.13% of UK adults (aged 18+)
📈 77.97% of UK population (aged 16+)
📈 63.18% 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 26 August 2021.

In summary, as of 26 August 2021:

  • 63.18% 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).
  • 77.97% 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).
  • 80.13% 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 27 August 2021)

  • Latest R range for England 1.0 to 1.1
  • Latest growth rate range for England 0% to +2% per day
  • An R value between 1.0 and 1.1 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 10 and 11 other people. A growth rate of between 0% and +2% means that the number of new infections could be growing by up to 2% 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 increased in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 844,277 new cases in total in the last 28 days
  • 2,662 deaths in the last 28 days – the highest 28-day number of deaths since 1 April 2021

Days since:

  • 575 days since the first reported UK case
  • 539 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.