203 deaths due to Covid-19 and 31,564 new coronavirus infections reported in 24 hours in the UK. 1,009 deaths in 7 days โ€“ a six-month high for deaths in 7 days โ€“ and on average 144 deaths each day, equivalent to 52,612 deaths annually.

First published in September 2021.

๐Ÿ“† #TodayInCOVID
Summary 21-Sep-2021

โ–ช 31,564 in 24h โ†˜๏ธ
โ–ช 217,579 in 7 days โ†—๏ธ
โ–ช 953,988 in 28 days โ†—๏ธ
โ–ช 324.4 per 100k โ†—๏ธ

โ–ช 861 admissions in 24h โ†”๏ธ
โ–ช 6,249 in 7 days โ†”๏ธ
โ–ช 7,731 patients โ†˜๏ธ
โ–ช 982 in ICU beds โ†˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ DEATHS
โ–ช 203 in 24h โ†—๏ธ
โ–ช 1,009 in 7 days โ†—๏ธ
โ–ช 3,601 in 28 days โ†—๏ธ๏ธ

โ–ช 44.5m received two doses
โ–ช 66.36% 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 203 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 31,564 new infections reported in the last 24 hours.

  • The total number of coronavirus infections reported in the last 7 days was 217,579 while in the last 28 days 953,988 infections have been reported.
  • 1,009 deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in the last 7 days. This equates on average to around 144 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 52,612 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 861 Covid-19 hospital admissions reported on 16 September 2021.
  • 7,731 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds as of 20 September 2021.
  • 982 patients are requiring intensive care support as of 20 September 2021 โ€“ all three measures are an increasing concern for our over-stretched NHS.


  • 600 days since the first infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was reported in Britain.
  • 562 days since the first reported death.
  • Coronavirus has now been responsible for infecting over 7.5 million people (7,496,543 reported, to be precise) in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data)
  • The virus is responsible for at least 135,543 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test result). Official data currently indicate there have been 158,664 deaths in total, where the deceased personโ€™s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 10 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

- New international travel system from 4 Oct: red list and rest of world.
- Changes to rules for fully vaccinated travellers coming from non-red list countries.
- 8 destinations were removed from the red list, including Turkey and Pakistan.

  • 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.


  • Boris Johnson shakes hand with COVID-19 infected Brazil official

Brazilโ€™s health minister, Marcelo Queiroga, will remain in New York in quarantine after attending the United Nations General Assembly with far-right President Bolsonaro on Tuesday, after testing positive to COVID-19. He was staying at the same hotel as President Joe Biden.

PM Boris Johnson, who has been meeting and shaking hands โ€“ maskless on many occasions โ€“ with various world leaders since his arrival in Big Apple (for example President Biden), had met the Brazilian delegation earlier and was seen shaking hands with Mr Queiroga.

Just some of the many shakes of the PM in New York. | Number 10/Sky News

  • COVID-19 mortality rate rises for second consecutive month

New ONS data show that COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in England in August, accounting for 5.3% of all deaths registered.

โ€œTaking into account the population size and age structure, the age-standardised mortality rate (ASMR) for deaths due to COVID-19 in England (45.7 deaths per 100,000 people) rose significantly for the second consecutive month,โ€ the ONS explains.

โ€œBased on provisional data, 40,460 deaths were registered in England in August 2021 โ€“ 3,650 (9.9%) more than the five-year average (2015 to 2019).โ€

In Wales, the ASMR was 24.5 deaths per 100,000 people, significantly higher than in July 2021. COVID-19 was, therefore, the seventh leading cause of death in Wales during August. โ€œThe provisional number of deaths registered in Wales in August 2021 was 2,614 โ€“ 119 (4.8%) higher than the five-year average.โ€

Cabinet meeting. | Number 10

The UK Government is now opening the country wider for foreign travel. Anything wrong with that, considering the current COVID situation in the UK?

  • 1 million infections in 30 days
  • 203 deaths again recorded in the last 24h
  • 1,009 deaths in the last 7 days
  • 3,601 deaths in the last 28 days
  • As schools returned, mitigations have been relaxed
  • Cases, hospitalisations, deaths are higher than this time last year
  • 122,000 children were absent from state schools with confirmed or suspected COVID infections last week โ€“ the highest number for England during the pandemic
Airbus A330. | Airbus

Nobody would consider it โ€˜okayโ€™ for an Airbus A330 (that typically flies between 210-250 passengers) to crash in the UK every day. Immediate actions would be taken at the highest level of government to stop this from happening.

So, why do the prime minister and his government currently consider it โ€˜okayโ€™ or โ€˜acceptableโ€™ for around 200 people to die of COVID-19 every day and do nothing about it?

These are 200 peopleโ€™s Dad, Mum, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandparents we are losing every day.

No, it is not โ€˜normalโ€™.

No, it is not โ€˜acceptableโ€™.

No, it is not โ€˜okayโ€™.

If you are still unsure about what is wrong with this (reshuffled or not) maskless, careless, lacklustre government, think again!

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๐Ÿงฌ Variants News (Sequencing as of 21 September 2021)


๐Ÿ“ˆ 97,095 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
โ†—๏ธ 81.41% of all sequenced cases


๐Ÿ“‰ 11,322
โ†˜๏ธ 9.49%


๐Ÿ“ˆ 4,577
โ†—๏ธ 3.84%

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 21 September 2021)

๐Ÿ“‰ 31,564 in 24h
โ†—๏ธ +18.5% vs last week
๐Ÿ“ˆ 217,579 in 7 days
โ†˜๏ธ -12.0%
๐Ÿ“ˆ 953,988 in 28 days
โ†˜๏ธ -1.8%
๐Ÿ“ˆ 324.4 per 100k
โ†˜๏ธ -5.7%

Kingโ€™s College ESTIMATE ๐Ÿฆ 
๐Ÿ“ˆ 44,549 daily cases

๐Ÿ“‰ 861 in 24h โ€“ Unchanged since 16 Sept
โ†˜๏ธ -15.8%
๐Ÿ“‰ 6,249 in 7 days โ€“ Unchanged since 16 Sept
โ†˜๏ธ -11.6%

๐Ÿ“‰ 7,731 in 24h
โ†˜๏ธ -8.5%

๐Ÿ“‰ 982 in 24h
โ†˜๏ธ -7.0%

DEATHS ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
๐Ÿ“ˆ 203 in 24h โ€“ Highest since 7 Sept
โ†—๏ธ +9.7%
๐Ÿ“ˆ 1,009 in 7 days โ€“ Highest in 6 months
โ†—๏ธ +4.8%
๐Ÿ“ˆ 3,601 in 28 days โ€“ Highest since 27 March
โ†—๏ธ +9.2%

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  953,988 new cases
๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ 3,601 deaths โ€“ Highest 28-day total since 28 March


๐Ÿฆ  600 days since the first reported UK case
๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ 564 days since the first reported UK death

๐Ÿฆ  7,496,543 positive cases so far to date (recorded) โ€“ Since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ 135,455 deaths so far โ€“ Number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result
๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ 158,664 total deaths โ€“ Total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causesโ€“ Registered up to Friday 10 September 2021

7-Day UK COVID-19 Data โ€“ Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 21 September 2021.

๐Ÿ’‰ Vaccination UK (up to and including 20 September 2021)

๐Ÿ’‰48,617,785 first doses
๐Ÿ“ˆ 91.92% of UK adults (aged 18+)
๐Ÿ“ˆ 89.45% of UK population (aged 16+)
๐Ÿ“ˆ 72.48% of total UK population

๐Ÿ’‰44,512,572 second doses
๐Ÿ“ˆ 84.16% of UK adults (aged 18+)
๐Ÿ“ˆ 81.89% of UK population (aged 16+)
๐Ÿ“ˆ 66.36% of total UK population

Approximately 3 million children in the UK aged 12-15 years old are now eligible to be vaccinated.

Estimates suggest that around 9 million children in the UK โ€“ aged 12 and below โ€“ remain unvaccinated.

People vaccinated in the UK up to and including 20 September 2021.

In summary, as of 20 September 2021:

  • 66.36% 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).
  • 81.89% 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).
  • 84.16% 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“š Data Sources:

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๐Ÿงฌ Full #Variants Sequencing Data: https://vip.politicsmeanspolitics.com/uk-covid-19-variant-updates/

๐Ÿฆ  Everything #COVID19: https://vip.politicsmeanspolitics.com/covid19/

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.