A further 209 lives lost due to Covid-19 and an additional 37,489 coronavirus infections reported in 24 hours. 269,193 new virus infections reported in 7 days. 948 UK deaths due to Covid-19 in 7 days – on average 135 deaths on each of those 7 days. Isn’t that worthy of a 10 Downing Street media briefing?!

First published in September 2021.

📆 #TodayInCOVID
Summary 7-Sept-2021

🦠 37,489 cases ↘️
🦠 269,193 in 7 days ↗️
🦠 947,425 in 28 days ↗️
🦠 401.3 per 100k ↗️

🏥 905 hospitalisations ↘️
🏥️ 7,976 patients in hospital ↗️
🛏️ 1,062 in ICU beds ↗️

🕯️ 209 deaths ↗️
🕯️ 948 in 7 days ↗️
🕯️ 2,982 in 28 days ↗️️

💉 43.5m received two doses
💉 64.90% of UK population received two doses

®️ 0.91.1 in England ↘️

🦠 7,056,106 cases so far
🕯️ 156,888 total deaths

↗️ Increasing | ↘️ Decreasing | ↔️ Unchanged

Today’s data in the UK sadly indicate that a further 209 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours due to Covid-19 (the highest since 9 March 2021), while transmission of the virus continues to be of concern, with further 37,489 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 269,193 while 948 deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in the last 7 days. This equates on average to around 135 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 49,431 deaths. What is normal about that, what is acceptable about this potential level of deaths?

Latest health care data indicate that there were 905 Covid-19 hospital admissions reported on 3 September 2021; while 7,976 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds as of 6 September 2021 (highest since 11 March 2021), and 1,062 patients are requiring intensive care support as of 6 September 2021 – the highest number since 13 March 2021 – all three measures an increasing concern for our over-stretched National Health Service.

586 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain, and 550 days since the first reported death, the virus has now been responsible for infecting over 7 million people (7,056,106 reported, to be precise) in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data) and responsible for at least 133,483 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test result).

Official data currently indicate there have been 156,888 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 27 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.

Marylebone Station during the April 2020 lockdown. | Wikipedia

The Guardian, on Tuesday, reported that Downing Street had “not ruled out a ‘firebreak’ lockdown as a last resort if the NHS were to be overwhelmed by Covid cases in England”, but they nevertheless denied plans for such a lockdown during October’s half-term holiday existed.

You probably didn’t miss the news of the government’s new tax to pay for NHS and social care reforms, or that Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak gave a press conference on Tuesday afternoon to present their plan to the nation.


Did you know that there was not a single word from them about the ongoing pandemic situation in the UK? Not a word about the 37k new infections in 24 hours. Not a word about the 209 new deaths in 24 hours.

As if there was no pandemic at all.

As if everything was sorted.

As if, after Boris Johnson’s 2019 “Get Brexit Done” with which he ‘achieved’ Brexit (he didn’t!), we were now living his 2021 “Get Covid Done” with which he ‘ended’ Covid (he hasn’t!).

Press Conference. | Number 10

But do not blame Johnson, Javid and Sunak: absolutely no journalist took this opportunityand what better opportunity when you are finally back in front of them, not just behind a screen!to ask them about Covid either!

It is also disappointing to see senior journalists from the UK press sitting together in an enclosed space for an hour, most without a face covering.

We, sadly, know that our government, its supporters and its MPs are poor role models in relation to wearing masks, here and in the House of Commons. But journalists should know better.

Covid-19 is airborne, people!

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🧬 Variants News (Sequencing as of 7 September 2021)


📉 68,102 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↘️ 74.37% of all sequenced cases


📈 14,056
↗️ 15.35%


📉 3,443
↘️ 3.76%

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

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

📈 UK COVID-19 data (reported on 7 September 2021)

📉 37,489 daily
↗️ +16.5% vs last week
📈 269,193 in 7 days
↗️ +13.9%
📈 947,425 in 28 days
↗️ +8.4%
📈 401.3 per 100kHighest since 24 July
↗️ +13.8%

King’s College ESTIMATE 🦠
📈 52,127 daily cases

📉 905 daily
↘️ -2.5%
📈 6,641 in 7 days
↗️ +1.6%

📈 7,976 daily – Highest since 11 March
↗️ +9.0%

📈 1,062 daily – Highest since 13 March
↗️ +7.9%

📈 209 daily – Highest since 9 March
↗️ +318.0%
📈 948 in 7 days
↗️ +39.2%
📈 2,982 in 28 days – Highest since 30 March
↗️ +12.3%

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

🦠 7,056,106 positive cases so far to date (recorded) – Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
🕯️ 133,483 deaths so far – Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result
🕯️ 156,888 total deaths – Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes– Registered up to Friday 27 August 2021

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

💉 Vaccination UK (up to and including 6 September 2021)

💉48,292,811 first doses
📈 91.31% of UK adults (aged 18+)
📈 88.85% of UK population (aged 16+)
📈 71.99% of total UK population

💉43,535,098 second doses
📈 82.31% of UK adults (aged 18+)
📈 80.10% of UK population (aged 16+)
📈 64.90% 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 6 September 2021.

In summary, as of 6 September 2021:

  • 64.90% 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).
  • 80.10% 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).
  • 82.31% 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:

  • 947,425 new cases in total in the last 28 days
  • 2,982 deaths in the last 28 days – Highest 28-day total since 30 March 2021

Days since:

  • 586 days since the first reported UK case
  • 550 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.

📰 #COVID19 on tomorrow’s Front Pages

Not many mentions of the Covid situation in the UK since all front pages tomorrow have a focus on the government’s new tax to pay for the NHS and social care reforms.

The Guardian

The Yorkshire Post

The i

Western Mail

South Wales Echo

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📚 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.