A further 68 lives lost due to Covid-19 – the highest number on a Sunday since 7 March 2021 – and an additional 37,011 coronavirus infections reported in 24 hours. 249,169 new virus infections reported in the past 7 days. 792 UK deaths due to Covid-19 in the last 7 days – on average 113 deaths on each of those 7 days.

First published in September 2021.

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Summary 5-Sept-2021

🦠 37,011 cases ↘️
🦠 249,169 in 7 days ↗️
🦠 917,415 in 28 days ↗️
🦠 371.4 per 100k ↗️

🏥 985 hospitalisations ↔️
🏥️ 7,541 patients in hospital ↔️
🛏️ 1,038 in ICU beds ↔️

🕯️ 68 deaths ↘️
🕯️ 792 in 7 days ↗️️
🕯️ 2,911 in 28 days ↗️️

💉 43.3m double vaccinated
💉 64.67% of UK population double vaccinated

®️ 0.91.1 in England ↘️

🦠 6,978,126 cases so far
🕯️ 156,119 total deaths

↗️ Increasing | ↘️ Decreasing | ↔️ Unchanged

Today’s data in the UK sadly indicate that a further 68 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 37,011 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 was 249,169 while 792 deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in the last 7 days. This equates on average to around 113 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 41,297 deaths. What is normal about that?

Latest health care data indicate that there were 985 Covid-19 hospital admissions reported on 31 August 2021; while 7,541 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds as of 2 September 2021, and 1,038 patients are requiring intensive care support as of 2 September 2021 – the highest number since 14 March 2021 – all three measures an increasing concern for our over-stretched National Health Service.

584 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain, and 548 days since the first reported death, the virus has now been responsible for infecting over 6.9 million people (6,978,126 reported, to be precise) in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data) and responsible for at least 133,229 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test result).

Official data currently indicate there have been 156,119 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 20 August 2021, according to Public Health England (PHE).

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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Montenegro and Thailand moved to the red list on 30 August. The Azores, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania and Switzerland are now on the green list.


Adults and children aged 12 and over with a severely weakened immune system will now be offered a third COVID-19 vaccine dose. The NHS will contact you directly to arrange an appointment.

Nadhim Zahawi. | Number 10


Vaccines Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, told Times Radio on Sunday that parents would be asked for consent if COVID-19 vaccination is approved for 12 to 15-year-olds, but children could override their parents’ consent “if they are deemed to be competent to make that decision, with all the information available.

“What you essentially do is make sure that the clinicians discuss this with the parents, with the teenager, and if they are then deemed to be able to make a decision that is competent, then that decision will go in the favour of what the teenager decides to do,” he said.


The minister also confirmed on Sky News that, by the end of September, vaccine passports – which can be shown using the NHS app – will be required for nightclubs, mass events and large venues in England in order to “make sure the whole economy remains open” through the autumn.

“We are looking at, by the end of September when everyone has had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated, for the large venues, venues that could end up causing a real spike in infections, where we need to use the certification process.

“The worst thing we can do for those venues is to have a sort of open-shut-open-shut strategy because we see infection rates rise because of the close interaction of people, that’s how the virus spreads, if people are in close spaces in large numbers we see spikes appearing.

The best thing to do then is to work with the industry to make sure that they can open safely and sustainably in the long term, and the best way to do that is to check vaccine status.”


Latest data from Public Health England (PHE):


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🧬 Variants News (Sequencing as of 5 September 2021)


📈 69,879 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↗️ 74.73% of all sequenced cases


📈 14,079
↘️ 15.06%


📈 3,749
↘️ 4.01%

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

Find out more about the latest data on COVID-19 variants.

📈 UK COVID-19 data (reported on 5 September 2021)

📉 37,011 daily
↗️ +11.5% vs last week
📈 249,169 in 7 days
↗️ +3.6%
📈 917,415 in 28 days
↗️ +6.8%
📈 371.4 per 100k
↗️ +3.6%

King’s College ESTIMATE 🦠
📈 52,266 daily cases

📈 985 daily – Unchanged
↔️ +3.4%
📈 6,566 in 7 days
↗️ +3.7%

📉 7,541 daily – Unchanged
↔️ +7.7%

📈 1,038 daily – Unchanged Highest since 14 March (1,049)
↔️ +5.7%

📉 68 daily – Highest on a Sunday since 7 March (82)
↗️ +11.5%
📈 792 in 7 days
↘️ -0.6%
📈 2,911 in 28 days – Highest since 31 March
↗️ +7.0%

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

🦠 6,978,126 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️ 133,229 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result
🕯️ 156,119 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes– Registered up to Friday 20 August 2021

7-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 5 September 2021.

💉 Vaccination UK (up to and including 4 September 2021)

💉48,245,337 first doses
📈 91.22% of UK adults (aged 18+)
📈 88.76% of UK population (aged 16+)
📈 71.92% of total UK population

💉43,378,193 second doses
📈 82.02% of UK adults (aged 18+)
📈 79.81% of UK population (aged 16+)
📈 64.67% 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 4 September 2021.

In summary, as of 4 September 2021:

  • 64.67% 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).
  • 79.81% 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).
  • 82.02% 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)

Estimated ®️ number: (report as of 3 September 2021)

  • Latest R range for England 0.9 to 1.1
  • Latest growth rate range for England: -2% to +2% per day
  • An R value between 0.9 and 1.1 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 9 and 11 other people. A growth rate of between -2% and +2% means that the number of new infections could be broadly flat, shrinking by up to 2% every day or growing by up to 2% every day. (These estimates represent the transmission of COVID-19 2 to 3 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 the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 was level in England in the week ending 28 August, while in Wales, it increased – but the trend was uncertain. Finally, the percentage of people testing positive decreased in Northern Ireland and increased in Scotland.

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 917,415 new cases in total in the last 28 days
  • 2,911 deaths in the last 28 days – Highest 28-day total since 31 March 2021

Days since:

  • 584 days since the first reported UK case
  • 548 days since the first reported UK death

These data, and trends, are shared to focus some light on the evolving situation. We must never forget the data represent real people suffering, real people dying.

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