Monday, 2 November 2020

Coronavirus Log - Part 6 - from 2 November 2020

This post is a continuation of the Coronavirus Log.  See Coronavirus Log Part 1 - (December 2019 to 28 April 2020) - Part 2 (29 April 2020 to 24 May 2020) - Part 3 (25 May to 21 June 2020) - Part 4 (22 June to 26 July 2020) - Part 5 (27 July to 1 November.

From 14 October a three tier system of restrictions has been in place to try to minimise the spread of Covid-19 - previous post 13 October 2020. In September, Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) recommended that Ministers impose a circuit break lockdown lasting for two weeks - The BMJ 16 October.  The government chose not to do this and opted for the 3 tier system in force from 14 October

In Wales

a severe "circuit break" lockdown was introduced for a period of 17 days - see Welsh Goverment. The reasoning behind the Welsh decision is explained at BBC Wales 21 October.

Scotland has opted for a 5 tier system of restrictions and this will take effect from 2 November - - BBC News 23 October

The regime in Northern Ireland is described in this article published by The Telegraph 23 October.

Saturday 31 October was a day of "leaks" to the media. That evening, the Prime Minister announced a further "lockdown" for England to be imposed from Thursday 5 November. (It appeared that this is subject to debate and a vote in the House of Commons). Mr Johnson also stated that schools and universities will remain open.  This was despite the observable fact that Covid infection has escalated with the resumption of education in September 2020 - see The Guardian 2 November Keeping England's schools open will lead to another lockdown - "Education unions, backed by northern leaders, have warned that keeping schools and universities open in England is an inadequate “half-measure” which will sow the seeds for another lockdown next year and prolong the suffering from Covid."

According to the Prime Minister, the new lockdown will last for a month - to 2 December - and then the plan is to return to the 3 tier system. 

Any new lockdown is likely to fail if key areas of Covid generation remain in operation. Schools appear to be such an area and will certainly present a considerable risk especially if the testing and tracing at those institutions is inadequate.

The impact on the economy of Lockdown 2 will be massive and, if extended, will continue into 2021 by which time the UK-EU transition period will have ended.

BBC News 22 October - Why is coronavirus such a threat?

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(Monday) 2 November 2020 - Government data reported that up to 1 November there had been 46717 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 23254 new positive tests reported on 1 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

2 November - Hansard House of Commons - Prime Minister's Statement and Covid 19 debate and also here

3 November 2020 - BBC News - Liverpool to pilot city-wide coronavirus testing

3 November - Government data reported that up to 2 November there had been 46853 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 18950 new positive tests reported on 2 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK 

4 November - Government data reported that up to 3 November there had been 47250 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 20018 new positive tests reported on 3 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK 

4 November - BBC News - The things we are not being told as lockdown looms 

4 November - The Guardian - Jonathan Sumption - England underestimates the costs of lockdown at its peril

5 November - BBC News - The new lockdown rules

5 November - The Guardian - Police warn public to expect tougher crackdown on Covid lockdown breaches 

5 November - Daily Mail - Do Boris and his Braniacs of Doom really think we can't see that the numbers in their dodgy dossier don't begin to add up to a new lockdown?

5 November - A notable alteration to the presentation at Government data . Deaths are shown on a separate page. Up to 4 November there had been 47742 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 25117 new positive tests reported on 4 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK 

6 November - BBC News - What will the England lockdown achieve?

6 November - Government data reported that up to 5 November there had been 48120 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 24141 new positive tests reported on 5 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

7 November - Government data reported that up to 6 November there had been 48475 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 23287 new positive tests reported on 6 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

(Monday) 9 November - Government data reported that up to 8 November there had been 49,044 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 20,572 new positive tests reported on 8 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

10 November - BBC News - NHS ready for new vaccine roll-out, says Hancock

10 November - Government data reported that up to 9 November there had been 49,238 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 21,350 new positive tests reported on 9 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

11 November - BBC News - UK first country in Europe to pass 50,000 deaths.

12 November - Government data reported that up to 11 November there had been 50,365 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 22,950 new positive tests reported on 11 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

13 November - Government data reported that up to 12 November there had been 50,928 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 33,470 new positive tests reported on 12 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

14 November - Government data reported that up to 13 November there had been 51,304 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 27,301 new positive tests reported on 13 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

15 November - Government data reported that up to 14 November there had been 51,766 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 28,860 new positive tests reported on 14 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

(Monday) 16 November - BBC News - Covid vaccine: Major new trial starts in UK

16 November - Government data reported that up to 15 November there had been 51,934 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 24,962 new positive tests reported on 15 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK    

16 November - The Guardian - Covid-19 contracts smell of cronyism - so I'm taking the government to court  

16 November - The Guardian - Supreme court case looms as insurers battle firms over Covid cover

16 November - The Guardian - UK scrambles to buy 5m doses of Covid breakthrough vaccine

16 November - The Guardian - Strengthening of England's tiered Covid restrictions advised

16 November - The Telegraph - The strange quirks of Britain's Covid quarantine system

17 November -  Government data reported that up to 16 November there had been 52,147 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 21,363 new positive tests reported on 16 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK    

17 November - Nature Biotechnology - Coronavirus testing finally gathers speed

18 November - BBC News - Watchdog urges government to 'come clean' over deals

18 November - BBC News - £10K fines for gatherings can resume, say police chiefs

18 November - The Guardian - PPE suppliers with political ties given 'high priority' status, report reveals

18 November - Government data reported that up to 17 November there had been 52,745 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 20,051 new positive tests reported on 17 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK    

19 November - Wired.com - How Test and Trace failed

19 November - Government data reported that up to 18 November there had been 53,274 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 19,609 new positive tests reported on 18 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK    

19 November - The Guardian - NHS assembles army of staff for mass coronavirus vaccinations

20 November - Government data reported that up to 19 November there had been 53,775 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 22,915 new positive tests reported on 19 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

21 November - Government data reported that up to 20 November there had been 54,286 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 20,252 new positive tests reported on 20 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

22 November - The Guardian - England's three Covid 'tsars: key questions that must be answered'

22 November - The Guardian - England to enter stronger three-tier system after lockdown

22 November - Government data reported that up to 21 November there had been 54,626 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 19,875 new positive tests reported on 21 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

(Monday) 23 November -  Government data reported that up to 22 November there had been 55,024 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 18,662 new positive tests reported on 22 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

23 November - The Prime Minister informed the House of Commons of the government's plans for managing the pandemic after 2 December - Hansard 23 November and Government Winter Plan

23 November - BBC News - PM sets out 'tougher' post-lockdown tiers for England

23 November - The Guardian - Vaccine results bring us a step closer to ending Covid, says Oxford scientist

24 November - Government data reported that up to 23 November there had been 55,230 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 15,450 new positive tests reported on 23 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

25 November - Government data reported that up to 24 November there had been 55,838 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 11,299 new positive tests reported on 24 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

26 November - Government data reported that up to 25 November there had been 56,533 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 18,213 new positive tests reported on 25 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

26 November - Wired - The AstraZenica Covid Vaccine Data Isn't Up to Stuff

27 November - BBC News - Tory MPs want more evidence to justify post-lockdown plan

27 November - Government data reported that up to 26 November there had been 57,031 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 17,555 new positive tests reported on 26 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

27 November - BBC News - R number for UK below 1 for the first time since August

28 November - BBC News - Hospitals could be overwhelmed without new tiers, says Gove

28 November - Government data reported that up to 27 November there had been 57,551 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 16,022 new positive tests reported on 27 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK     

28 November - The Guardian - Hospitals in England told to prepare for Covid vaccine rollout in 10 days time

29 November - BBC News - Boris Johnson writes to MPs to quell anger over new tiers

29 November - Government data reported that up to 28 November there had been 58,030 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 15,871 new positive tests reported on 28 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK     

(Monday) 30 November - BBC News - Covid infections in England fall by  over 30% over lockdown - React study

30 November - Government data reported that up to 29 November there had been 58,245 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 12,155 new positive tests reported on 29 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

1 December -  Government data reported that up to 30 November there had been 58,448 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 12,330 new positive tests reported on 30 November. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

2 December - England returns to a 3 tier system of restrictions - post of 1 December.

2 December - Government data reported that up to 1 December there had been 59,051 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 13,430 new positive tests reported on 1 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

2 December - BBC News - Covid Pfizer vaccine approved for use next week in UK

2 December - BBC News - Who will get the Covid vaccine first?

3 December - Government data reported that up to 2 December there had been 59,699 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 16,170 new positive tests reported on 2 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

4 December -  Government data reported that up to 3 December there had been 60,113 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 14,879 new positive tests reported on 3 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

4 December - New York Times - Europe's Deadly Second Wave: How Did It Happen Again?

5 December - Government data reported that up to 4 December there had been 60,617 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 16,298 new positive tests reported on 4 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

6 December - Government data reported that up to 5 December there had been 61,014 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 15,539 new positive tests reported on 5 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

6 December - The Guardian - Military planes to fly Covid vaccines in to Britain to avoid ports hit by Brexit

(Monday) 7 December - Government data reported that up to 6 December there had been 61,245 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 17,272 new positive tests reported on 6 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

8 December - Government data reported that up to 7 December there had been 61,434 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 14,718 new positive tests reported on 7 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

9 December - Government data reported that up to 8 December there had been 62,033 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 12,282 new positive tests reported on 8 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

10 December - Government data reported that up to 9 December there had been 62,566 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 16,578 new positive tests reported on 9 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

11 December - Government data reported that up to 10 December there had been 63,082 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 20,964 new positive tests reported on 10 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

12 December - Government data reported that up to 11 December there had been 63,506 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 21,672 new positive tests reported on 11 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

13 December -  Government data reported that up to 12 December there had been 64,026 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 21,502 new positive tests reported on 12 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

(Monday) 14 December - Government data reported that up to 13 December there had been 64,170 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 18,447 new positive tests reported on 13 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

15 December - BBC News - Millions more face Tier 3 as new strain identified

15 December - BBC News - UK loses 819,000 paid jobs since start of pandemic

15 December - Government data reported that up to 14 December there had been 64,402 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 20,263 new positive tests reported on 14 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK    

16 December - The Guardian - Tensions mount over handling of UK Covid vaccine rollout

16 December - The Guardian - UK rules for Christmas could be reviewed as coronavirus cases surge

16 December - Government data reported that up to 15 December there had been 64,908 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 18,450 new positive tests reported on 15 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

National Audit Office Reports

11 December - Test and Trace

16 December - Preparation for Covid-19 vaccines

17 December - Government data reported that up to 16 December there had been 65,520 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 25,161 new positive tests reported on 16 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

18 December - BBC News - Millions prepare for tougher restrictions amid rising cases

18 December - Hansard - House of Commons statement etc. 17 December.

18 December - Government data reported that up to 17 December there had been 66,052 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 35,383 new positive tests reported on 17 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

19 December - Government data reported that up to 18 December there had been 66,541 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 28,507 new positive tests reported on 18 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

20 December - Government data reported that up to 19 December there had been 67,075 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 27,052 new positive tests reported on 19 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

(Monday) 21 December - Government data reported that up to 20 December there had been 67,401 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 35,928 new positive tests reported on 20 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK    

UK Government (20 December) - Information about the new virus variant

London School of and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) 15 December - Expert comment - New Variant of Covid-19

22 December - The Guardian - Calls for national lockdown in England to curb spread of newe Covid strain

22 December - Government data reported that up to 21 December there had been 67,616 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 33,364 new positive tests reported on 21 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK    

23 December - Government data reported that up to 22 December there had been 68,307 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 36,804 new positive tests reported on 22 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK    

24 December - Government data reported that up to 23 December there had been 69,051 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 39,237 new positive tests reported on 23 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK     

25 December - Government data reported that up to 24 December there had been 69,625 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 39,036 new positive tests reported on 24 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK     

26 December - BBC News - Millions wake up to tighter coronavirus restrictions

26 December - Government data reported that up to 25 December there had been 70,195 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 32,725 new positive tests reported on 25 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK     

(Monday) 28 December - Government data reported that up to 27 December there had been 70,752 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 30,501 new positive tests reported on 27 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK     

30 December - BBC News - Millions more braced for tougher rules in England

30 December - Government data reported that up to 29 December there had been 71,567 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 53,135 new positive tests reported on 29 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK     

30 December - More areas were moved into Tier 4 from midnight on 30 December. Prime Minister's Statement 30 December.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020

31 December - Government data reported that up to 30 December there had been 72,548 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 50,023 new positive tests reported on 30 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

31 December -  UK Government - Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the prioritisation of first does of COVID-19 vaccines

and

UK Government - Covid-19: the green book, chapter 14a - Vaccination  information for public health professionals

*** 2021 ***

1 January -  Government data reported that up to 31 December there had been 73,512 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 55,892 new positive tests reported on 31 December. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

(Monday) 4 January 2021 - BBC News -  Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine rollout to begin

6 January - Government data reported that up to 5 January there had been 76,305 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 60,916 new positive tests reported on 5 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

6 January - BBC News - England's third national lockdown legally comes into force

6 January - UK government - Prime Minister 5 January

7 January - Government data reported that up to 6 January there had been 77,346 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 62,322 new positive tests reported on 6 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

7 January - BBC News - Oxford vaccine rolled out to hundreds of GP sites in England

9 January -  Government data reported that up to 8 January there had been 79,833 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 68,053 new positive tests reported on 8 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK . The data also reported that 1,296,432 people had received a first dose of vaccine by 3 January 2021.

10 January - Government data reported that up to 9 January there had been 80,868 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 59,937 new positive tests reported on 9 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK . The data also reported that 1,296,432 people had received a first dose of vaccine by 3 January 2021.

(Monday) 11 January -  Government data reported that up to 10 January there had been 81,431 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 54,940 new positive tests reported on 10 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK

12 January -  Government data reported that up to 11 January there had been 81,960 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 46,169 new positive tests reported on 11 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 2,286,572 people had received a first dose of vaccine by 11 January 2021.

13 January -  Government data reported that up to 12 January there had been 83,203 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 45,533 new positive tests reported on 12 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  

14 January -  The Guardian - The Guardian view on lockdown law: democracy must keep up

14 January - Government data reported that up to 13 January there had been 84,767 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 47,525 new positive tests reported on 13 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 2,639,309 people had received a first dose of vaccine up to and including 12 January 2021.

15 January -  Government data reported that up to 14 January there had been 86,015 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 48,682 new positive tests reported on 14 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  

16 January -  Government data reported that up to 15 January there had been 87,295 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 55,761 new positive tests reported on 15 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 3,234,946 people had received a first dose of vaccine up to and including 14 January 2021.

17 January -  Government data reported that up to 16 January there had been 88,590 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 41,346 new positive tests reported on 16 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 3,559,179 people had received a first dose of vaccine up to and including 15 January 2021.

BBC News - 10 new mass vaccination centres to open in England

Evening Standard - WHO team investigating origins of Covid denied entry to China

17 January - The Guardian - NHS in most precarious position in its history, says Cheif Executive

17 January - The Guardian - Lord Sumption tells stage 4 cancer patient her life is 'less valuable'

(Monday) 18 January - Government data reported that up to 17 January there had been 89,261 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 38,598 new positive tests reported on 17 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 3,857,266 people had received a first dose of vaccine up to and including 16 January 2021.

18 January - BBC News - Vaccination roll out begins for over-70s in England

18 January - BBC News - UK closes all travel corridors until at least 15 February

18 January - The Guardian - All adults in UK to be offered Covid vaccine by September, says Raab

19 January - Government data reported that up to 18 January there had been 89,860 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 37,535 new positive tests reported on 18 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 4,062,501 people had received a first dose of vaccine up to and including 17 January 2021.

19 January - The Guardian - Coroner's Covid findings stoke calls for inquiry into pandemic policy

20 January - Government data reported that up to 19 January there had been 91,470 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 33,355 new positive tests reported on 19 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 4,266,577 people had received a first dose of vaccine up to and including 18 January 2021.

21 January -  Government data reported that up to 20 January there had been 93,290 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 38,905 new positive tests reported on 20 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 4,609,740 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 460,025 a second dose) up to and including 19 January 2021.

22 January -  Government data reported that up to 21 January there had been 94,580 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 37,892 new positive tests reported on 21 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 4,973,248 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 464,036 a second dose) up to and including 20 January 2021.

22 January - BBC Future (15 January) - How effective is a single vaccine?

23 January - BBC News - Gap between Pfizer vaccine doses should be halved, say doctors - this article looks at the time between the required 2 doses of vaccine. At first, the government said that 3 weeks was required but later extended this to up to 12 weeks (in order to give more people protection sooner), Given the somewhat limited clinical trials prior to approval of the vaccine, the extension to 12 weeks has been controversial.

23 January -  Government data reported that up to 22 January there had been 95,981 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 40,261 new positive tests reported on 22 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 5,383,103* people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 466,796 a second dose) up to and including 21 January 2021.

24 January - The Guardian - Vaccine experts defend UK decision to delay second Pfizer Covid jab

24 January -  Government data reported that up to 23 January there had been 97,329 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 33,552 new positive tests reported on 23 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 5,861,251 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 468,617 a second dose) up to and including 22 January 2021

(Monday) 25 January -  Government data reported that up to 24 January there had been 97,939 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 30,004 new positive tests reported on 24 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 6,353,321 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 469,660 a second dose) up to and including 23 January 2021 

26 January -  Government data reported that up to 25 January there had been 98,531 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 22,195 new positive tests reported on 25 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 6,573,570 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 470,478 a second dose) up to and including 24 January 2021 

26 January - The Guardian - New Quarantine rules expected for travellers to UK

26 January - The Guarina - Why are people still flying into the UK despite Covid rules?

26 January - BBC News - Covid map: Coronavirus cases, deaths, vaccinations by country

27 January - BBC News - Why the 100,000 toll is so bad - (a fair analysis of the key factors).

27 January - The Guardian - Why has Britain suffered more than 100,000 Covid deaths?

27 January -  Government data reported that up to 26 January there had been 100,162 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 20,089 new positive tests reported on 26 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 6,853,327 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 472,446 a second dose) up to and including 25 January 2021   

28 January - The Guardian - Why the EU and AstraZeneca are stuck in a Covid vaccines row

28 January -  Government data reported that up to 27 January there had been 101,887 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 25,308 new positive tests reported on 27 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 7,164,387 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 474,156 a second dose) up to and including 26 January 2021   

29 January - TIME - COVID-19 has killed more than 100,000 in Britain. Why is the fatality rate so high?

29 January -  Government data reported that up to 28 January there had been 103,126 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 28,680 new positive tests reported on 28 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 7,447,199 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 476,298 a second dose) up to and including 27 January 2021   

30 January - Government data reported that up to 29 January there had been 104,371 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 29,079 new positive tests reported on 29 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 7,891,184 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 478,254 a second dose) up to and including 28 January 2021   

31 January - Government data reported that up to 30 January there had been 105,571 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 23,275 new positive tests reported on 30 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 8,378,940** people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 480,432 a second dose) up to and including 29 January 2021 

(Monday) 1 February 2021 - Government data reported that up to 31 January there had been 106,158 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 21,088 new positive tests reported on 31 January. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 8,977,329 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 491,053 a second dose) up to and including 30 January 2021 

1 February - BBC News - EU and AstraZeneca a 'step forward' on vaccines

1 February - UK government - UK government scures additional 40 million doses of Valneva vaccine - deal takes total number of Valneva vaccines to 100 million, to be manufactured in Scotland

1 February - UK government - 9 in 10 test results returned net day by NHS Test and Trace

1 February - UK government - UK to support rest of the world to find COVID-19 virus variants - a ‘New Variant Assessment Platform’ will help countries to identify changes in the virus, while providing an early warning of new mutations that could endanger the UK.

2 February - Government data reported that up to 1 February there had been 106,564 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 18,607 new positive tests reported on 1 February. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 9,296,367 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 494,209 a second dose) up to and including 31 January 2021

3 February - BBC News - Oxford vaccine could substantially cut spread

3 February - Government data reported that up to 2 February there had been 108,013 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 16,840 new positive tests reported on 2 February. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 9,646,715 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 496,796 a second dose) up to and including 1 February 2021

3 February - article in Byline Times 1 February - How Britain sleepwalked into disaster

4 February - Government data reported that up to 3 February there had been 109,335 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 19,202 new positive tests reported on 3 February. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 10,021,471 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 498,962 a second dose) up to and including 2 February 2021 

5 February - Government data reported that up to 4 February there had been 110,250 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 20,634 new positive tests reported on 4 February. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 10,490,487 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 501,957 a second dose) up to and including 3 February 2021 

6 February - BBC News - All over-50s in UK to be offered vaccine by May

6 February - The Guardian - 'We had to go it alone': how the UK got ahead in the Covid vaccine race Early partnership between Oxford and AstraZeneca, plus upfront funding, proved vital headstart

6 February - Government data reported that up to 5 February there had been 111,264 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 19,114 new positive tests reported on 5 February. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 10,971,047 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 505,993 a second dose) up to and including 4 February 2021 

ICLR Notes - Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR, 1 February 2021 - interesting points about coronavirus vaccination.

7 February - Government data reported that up to 6 February there had been 112,092 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 18,262 new positive tests reported on 6 February. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 11,465,210 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 510,057 a second dose) up to and including 5 February 2021

(Monday) 8 February - Government data reported that up to 7 February there had been 112,465 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 15,845 new positive tests reported on 7 February. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 12,014,288 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 511,447 a second dose) up to and including 6 February 2021

9 February - Government data reported that up to 8 February there had been 112,798 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 14,104 new positive tests reported on 8 February. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 12,294,006 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 512,581 a second dose) up to and including 7 February 2021

10 February - anniversary of the first Regulations made to deal with coronanvirus.

10 February - Government data reported that up to 9 February there had been 113,850 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 12,364 new positive tests reported on 9 February. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 12,646,486 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 516,392 a second dose) up to and including 8 February 2021

11 February - Government data reported that up to 10 February there had been 114,851 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 13,013 new positive tests reported on 10 February. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 13,058,298 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 519,553 a second dose) up to and including 9 February 2021

12 February - Government data reported that up to 11 February there had been 115,529 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 13,494 new positive tests reported on 11 February. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 13,509,108 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 524,447 a second dose) up to and including 10 February 2021

13 February - Government data reported that up to 12 February there had been 116,287 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 15,144 new positive tests reported on 12 February. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 14,012,224 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 530,094 a second dose) up to and including 11 February 2021

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