178 deaths due to Covid-19 and 32,651 new coronavirus infections reported in 24 hours in the UK. 995 deaths in 7 days โ€“ on average 142 deaths each day โ€“ equivalent to 51,882 deaths annually. Winter pressures are already here for much of the NHS.

First published in September 2021.

๐Ÿ“† #TodayInCOVID
Summary 17-Sep-2021

โ–ช 32,651 in 24h โ†—๏ธ
โ–ช 206,332 in 7 days โ†˜๏ธ
โ–ช 953,631 in 28 days โ†˜๏ธ
โ–ช 307.6 per 100k โ†˜๏ธ

โ–ช 909 admissions in 24h โ†—๏ธ
โ–ช 6,755 in 7 days โ†˜๏ธ
โ–ช 8,068 patients โ†˜๏ธ
โ–ช 1,020 in ICU beds โ†˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ DEATHS
โ–ช 178 in 24h โ†—๏ธ
โ–ช 995 in 7 days โ†—๏ธ
โ–ช 3,496 in 28 days โ†—๏ธ๏ธ

โ–ช 44.2m received two doses
โ–ช 66.04% of the UK population received two doses

ยฎ๏ธ 0.9 โ€“ 1.1 in England โ†”๏ธ

โ†—๏ธ Increasing | โ†˜๏ธ Decreasing | โ†”๏ธ Unchanged

Todayโ€™s data in the UK sadly indicate that a further 178 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours due to Covid-19, while transmission of the virus continues to be of concern, with a further 32,651 new infections reported in the last 24 hours.

  • The total number of coronavirus infections reported in the last 7 days was 206,332, while in the last 28 days 953,631 infections have been reported.
  • 995 deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in the last 7 days. This equates on average to around 142 deaths each of the past 7 days. If this was to be the โ€œnew normalโ€ for daily deaths caused by Covid-19, then annually this would equate to around 51,882 deaths. What is normal about that? What is acceptable about this potential level of death? The vaccination programme has had a very positive impact, but what will bring down the level of infections given where we now are?
  • Latest health care data indicate that there were 909 Covid-19 hospital admissions reported on 13 September 2021.
  • 8,068 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds as of 16 September 2021.
  • 1,020 patients are requiring intensive care support as of 16 September 2021 โ€“ all three measures are an increasing concern for our over-stretched NHS.


  • 596 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain.
  • 560 days since the first reported death.
  • Coronavirus has now been responsible for infecting over 7.3 million people (7,371,301 reported, to be precise) in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data)
  • The virus is responsible for at least 134,983 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test result). Official data currently indicate there have been 157,669 deaths in total, where the deceased personโ€™s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 3 September 2021, according to Public Health England (PHE).

Note: The data for deaths attributed to COVID-19 โ€“ each following a reported positive test result for COVID-19 within 28 days of their death.

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  • New rules for travelling or returning to England โ€“ ENGLAND

The current traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list of countries and territories and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world from Monday 4 October at 4am.

Testing requirements will be reduced for eligible fully vaccinated travellers, who will no longer need to take a PDT when travelling to England from Monday 4 October 4am. From the end of October, eligible fully vaccinated passengers and those with an approved vaccine from a select group of non-red countries will be able to replace their day 2 test with a cheaper lateral flow test, reducing the cost of tests on arrival into England.

Anyone testing positive will need to isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test, at no additional cost to the traveller. Testing for unvaccinated passengers from non-red countries will include pre-departure tests, day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. Test to release remains an option to reduce the self-isolation period.

From 4 October, England will welcome fully vaccinated travellers from a host of new countries โ€“ who will be treated like returning fully vaccinated UK travellers โ€“ including 17 countries and territories such as Japan and Singapore.

Check out the new international travel system from 4 Oct.

  • Autumn and winter plan 2021 โ€“ ENGLAND

The government has set out its COVID-19 autumn and winter plan.

  • First dose vaccinations for young people โ€“ UK WIDE

Young people aged 12 to 15 will soon be offered a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Booster vaccine dose for people most at risk from COVID-19 โ€“ UK WIDE

People aged 50 years and over, care home residents, frontline health and social care workers, and those aged 16 to 49 years with specific underlying health conditions will be offered a booster vaccine dose.


  • Latest ONS data on COVID-19 infection

The estimated percentage of the community population that had COVID-19 in the latest week was:

  • 1.28% in England (1 in 80 people), compared with 1.38% (1 in 70 people) the week before
  • 1.62% in Wales (1 in 60 people), compared with 1.54% (1 in 65 people) the week before
  • 1.36% in Northern Ireland (1 in 75 people), down from 1.74% (1 in 60 people) the week before
  • 2.29% in Scotland (1 in 45 people), compared with 2.23% (1 in 45 people) the week before

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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.
Petition: Funding for ventilation in all school/college/uni classrooms
As a parent, it has become of increasing concern that the Government has not yet committed to funding increased ventilation in classrooms, in the form of approved HEPA air filter systems/air purifiers.This petition is to ask the Government to immediately fund these in schools/colleges/unis.

๐Ÿงฌ Variants News (Sequencing as of 16 September 2021)


๐Ÿ“ˆ 87,624 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
โ†—๏ธ 75.37% of all sequenced cases


๐Ÿ“ˆ 17,729
โ†˜๏ธ 15.25%


๐Ÿ“ˆ 4,039
โ†˜๏ธ 3.47%

๐Ÿ“ˆ Increasing figure | ๐Ÿ“‰ Decreasing figure | โ†—๏ธ Increasing % | โ†˜๏ธ Decreasing % | โ†”๏ธ Unchanged %

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

๐Ÿ“ˆ UK COVID-19 data (reported on 17 September 2021)

๐Ÿ“ˆ 32,651 in 24h
โ†˜๏ธ -13.2% vs last week
๐Ÿ“‰ 206,332 in 7 days
โ†˜๏ธ -23.0%
๐Ÿ“‰ 953,631 in 28 days
โ†˜๏ธ -1.3%
๐Ÿ“‰ 307.6 per 100k
โ†˜๏ธ -23.0%

Kingโ€™s College ESTIMATE ๐Ÿฆ 
๐Ÿ“‰ 45,889 daily cases

๐Ÿ“ˆ 909 in 24h
โ†˜๏ธ -14.8%
๐Ÿ“‰ 6,775 in 7 days
โ†˜๏ธ -1.3%

๐Ÿ“‰ 8,068 in 24h
โ†˜๏ธ -0.7%

๐Ÿ“‰ 1,020 in 24h
โ†˜๏ธ -2.9%

DEATHS ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
๐Ÿ“ˆ 178 in 24h
โ†—๏ธ +21.1%
๐Ÿ“ˆ 995 in 7 days
โ†—๏ธ +5.1%
๐Ÿ“ˆ 3,496 in 28 days โ€“ Highest since 28 March
โ†—๏ธ +9.6%

๐Ÿ“ˆ Increasing figure | ๐Ÿ“‰ Decreasing figure | โธ๏ธ Unchanged figure | โ†—๏ธ Increasing % | โ†˜๏ธ Decreasing % | โ†”๏ธ Unchanged %

LAST 28 DAYS ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ

๐Ÿฆ  953,631 new cases
๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ 3,496 deaths โ€“ Highest 28-day total since 28 March


๐Ÿฆ  596 days since the first reported UK case
๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ 560 days since the first reported UK death

๐Ÿฆ  7,371,301 positive cases so far to date (recorded) โ€“ Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ 134,983 deaths so far โ€“ Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result
๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ 157,669 total deaths โ€“ Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causesโ€“ Registered up to Friday 3 September 2021

7-Day UK COVID-19 Data โ€“ Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 17 September 2021.

๐Ÿ’‰ Vaccination UK (up to and including 16 September 2021)

๐Ÿ’‰48,528,901 first doses
๐Ÿ“ˆ 91.75% of UK adults (aged 18+)
๐Ÿ“ˆ 89.28% of UK population (aged 16+)
๐Ÿ“ˆ 72.34% of total UK population

๐Ÿ’‰44,298,076 second doses
๐Ÿ“ˆ 83.76% of UK adults (aged 18+)
๐Ÿ“ˆ 81.50% of UK population (aged 16+)
๐Ÿ“ˆ 66.04% of total UK population

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

People vaccinated in the UK up to and including 16 September 2021.

In summary, as of 16 September 2021:

  • 66.04% 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).
  • 81.50% 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).
  • 83.76% 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.

โ— Adult population (aged 18 and above) = 52,890,044 (last year: 52,673,433)
โ— Population aged 16 and above = 54,353,665 (last year: 54,098,971)
โ— Population aged 11 and above = 58,325,411 (last year: 57,975,918)
โ— Population aged 5 and above = 63,298,904 (last year: 62,939,544)

(Source โ–ช ONS)

โ–  Estimated ยฎ๏ธ number: (report as of 17 September 2021)

  • Latest R range for England 0.9 to 1.1
  • Latest growth rate range for England: -1% to +1% 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 -1% and +1% means that the number of new infections could be broadly flat, shrinking by up to 1% every day or growing by up to 1% every day. (These estimates represent the transmission of COVID-19 from 2 to 3 weeks ago, due to the time delay between someone being infected, developing symptoms, and needing healthcare.)

โ–  Population testing positive for COVID-19:

According to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) Covid-19 Infection Survey data, the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 remained high in England, but the trend is uncertain. In Wales and Scotland, the percentage of people testing positive continued to increase, while in Northern Ireland, the percentage of people testing positive decreased.

โ–  Stringency Index:

The Stringency Index records the strictness of government policies across the world. It is a composite measure of nine Covid response metrics: school closures, workplace closures, cancellation of public events, restrictions on public gatherings, closures of public transport, stay-at-home requirements, public information campaigns, restrictions on internal movements, and international travel controls.

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๐Ÿ—ƒ๏ธ Sources: @CovidGenomicsUK | @PHE_uk | @ONS

๐Ÿงฎ Special thanks: @JoePajak & #NHS

โ€” AUTHORS โ€”

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