The latest data published by the UK’s Office of National Statistics on 5th August 2022 states that:
The percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) continued to decrease in England, Wales, and Scotland in the latest week (ending 26 July 2022). In Northern Ireland, the trend remained uncertain in the latest week.
- England: 1 in 25
- Scotland: 1 in 20
- Wales: 1 in 30
- Northern Ireland: 1 in 17
The number of people reported with symptoms of long Covid – 4 months after having contracted the virus – in the UK is 1.8 million. This has huge implications for the economy. 1.8 Million People in UK Struggling with Long Covid
Deaths related to Covid increased in the UK in the latest reporting period.
There were 864 deaths involving COVID-19 registered in the week ending 22 July 2022 in the UK, an increase from 696 in the previous week. This accounted for 6.9% of all deaths in the latest week, an increase from 5.8% in the previous week.
This brings the total number of people in the UK who have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid to 200,137
See also: #Covid Related Deaths in Scotland: Weekly Update
Trade unions in England have written to the UK Government over precautions which should be in place in schools to limit the transmission of Covid within those settings.
Use ‘Covid sense’ to help protect yourself and others:
- get your vaccine when offered to ensure you are fully protected
- stay at home if you’re unwell with symptoms or have a fever
- open windows when socialising indoors
- wear a face covering in indoor public places and on public transport
- wash your hands to protect yourself
Care for yourself and others to help slow down the spread of the virus and reduce pressure on our health services.
The trouble is…it looks like the numbers are going down, but that will be because people aren’t testing and recording their tests. It’s now difficult to see what the true situation is re. Covid in Orkney. Hospital admissions would tell us something but – thank goodness – not everyone needs to go to hospital.
Meanwhile – many people and organization are behaving as though it’s not there. The Blues Fest is going to happen, the Rock Fest – other music events and indoor exhibitions are happening. And the massive liners just keep on coming…and coming.
I’m wondering if the Harvest Homes will go ahead this year, or if the Community Councils will show more sense and care for the community than other organizations are doing.
The trouble is – writing this is probably preaching to the converted and the rest don’t appear to care.
When schools go back it will increase by 100 per cent