Tuesday 29 March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 28th / 29th March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 28th / 29th March 2022

UK Daily Statistics:
Cases last 7 days: 574,027 (average 82,003 per day)
In hospital yesterday 28th March: 19,118 (UP from 16,272 a week earlier)
Using a ventilator yesterday 28th March: 363 (UP from 299 a week earlier)
Losses of life last 7 days: 1,051 (average 150 a day, UP from 119 average a week earlier)
Tests: 4,952,823 (average 707,546 per day)
Vaccinations 1st dose: 91.8% of UK age 12+
Vaccinations 2nd dose: 85.9%
Boosted / 3rd dose: 67.4%

Rep. Of Ireland: 1,442,877 (+5,263) cases and 6,721 (+11) losses of life.

World: 484,179,897 reported cases and 6,153,536 losses of life.

Young woman holding a small child and text Pregnant women in hospitals must not be a target The World Health Organisation

For 2 years many publications removed paywalls for anything regarding the pandemic, and made their reporting and articles free to read and open access to all. Some of those paywalls and limits on access to information are returning. Sad times guys, but at least we got the 2 years.

Good news regarding UK hospital admissions. I say good, I actually mean bad, but much better than it was. We have been seeing a huge increase week on week, but it has slowed down considerably. Whoot!
The COVID Actuaries Response Group keep track and tell us over the past 7 days:
"Strongest growth is currently being seen in ventilator beds, and the total beds figure has risen by over 1,300 to 15,170"
Overall it seems fairly obvious more people get symptoms with Omicron, but less are severely ill, so the rise in ventilator beds and ICU admissions is a bit of a bugger. It could be due to immunity in our most vulnerable people beginning to wane already - which makes getting those Spring Booster Jabs even more important. 

Sunday 27 March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Weekend Update 26th / 27th March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Weekend Update 26th / 27th March 2022

There Are No Longer UK Daily Statistics At Weekends

World: 481,648,252 reported cases and 6,147,422 losses of life

270322 Vaccine efficacy against hospitalisation in England by severity

Abuse of scientists is running high because of frustrations around COVID:
"Science (Magazine) asked 9585 researchers who have published on COVID-19 to fill out an online survey about their experiences. Of 510 who responded, 38% reported at least one type of attack, ranging from insults to death threats, delivered on social media, by email or phone, or sometimes even in person."

Friday 25 March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 23rd / 24th / 25th March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 23rd / 24th / 25th March 2022

UK Daily Statistics:
Cases last 7 days: 599,244 (average 85,606 per day, up from 78,885 a week earlier)
In hospital yesterday Thursday 24th: 17,440 (up from 14,671 a week earlier)
Using a ventilator on Wednesday 23rd: 302
Losses of life last 7 days: 950 (average 136 per day)
Total losses of life: 164,454
Tests last 7 days: 5,098,534
Vaccinations 1st dose: 91.7% of UK aged 12+
Vaccinations 2nd dose: 85.8%
Boosted / 3rd dose: 67.3%

Rep. Of Ireland: 1,422,945 (+9,147) cases and 6,710 (+17) losses of life.

World: 478,839,027 reported cases and 6,136,057 losses of life.

250322 ONS infection survey random sampling positives by variant of Omicron UK

"We all want to move on from the pandemic. But no matter how much we wish it away, this pandemic is not over."
Dr Tedros, Head of WHO

Wednesday was a National Day Of Reflection, in memory of all those lost over the 2 years since the UK first went into lockdown because of COVID. I didn't know about it in advance, so I didn't mention it - and I apologise to anyone who wishes they had known.
End of life charity Marie Curie has created online Walls Of Remembrance where you can leave a dedication to those you loved who have fallen victim to COVID. 

Thursday 24 March 2022

People's History Museum, Manchester (Review Visit)

Last October we were invited over to take a good look around People's History Museum in Manchester, but then my 11 and 13 year old boys caught COVID and our plan was put on pause. This February half term we jumped on the tram into Manchester for a day looking at the history of the people who helped make our world what it is today. 

People's History Museum Manchester review (we had a complimentary lunch for review)

People's History Museum is really easy to get to, just a short walk from a couple of different tram stops, right in the centre of Manchester. 

It is a challenging museum. It asks you to think about what you see. I like that, and my children have been raised to question, so I'm stunned I haven't ever taken them before. I think life just got in the way for us, so this visit was definitely overdue... 

People's History Museum Manchester collage of 10 photos with images from throughout the museum

Tuesday 22 March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 21st / 22nd March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 21st / 22nd March 2022

UK Daily Statistics:
Cases last 7 days: 592,459 (average 84,637 per day)
In hospital  yesterday 21st March: 16,272 (UP SIGNIFICANTLY by 2,724 from 13,548 a week earlier. Our COVID+ in-patients are almost an extra 400 people each day)
Using a ventilator: 299 (UP by 19 from 280 a week earlier)
Losses of life last 7 days: 836 (average 119 a day, up from 102 daily average a week earlier)
Tests last 7 days: 5,118,487 (average 731,212 per day)
Vaccinations 1st dose: 91.7% of UK aged 12+
Vaccinations 2nd dose: 85.8%
Boosted / 3rd dose: 67.2%

Rep. Of Ireland: 1,390,177 (+4,024) cases and 6,664 (+26) losses of life.

World: 473,272,998 reported cases and 6,107,861 losses of life.

Who is eligible for a Spring booster jab in the UK

Most COVID restrictions in Scotland have now ended - with the exception of masks in indoor public places, which should still be worn for at least the next couple of weeks. Now that COVID is all over and we're "learning to live with it", you might be surprised to discover that yesterday Scotland had a record breaking 2,128 patients in hospital with COVID, beating the previous record figure of 2,053 recorded on 22nd January 2021.
How can this be? Well, the simple truth is that COVID didn't get the memo that it was all over and the economy wanted to reopen, and has continued just doing its own thing...

Sunday 20 March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Weekend Update 19th / 20th March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Weekend Update 19th / 20th March 2022

No UK daily statistics at weekends. .

World: 470,427,307 reported cases and 6,099,458 losses of life.

UK has provided over 2 million medical supplies to Ukraine - text over semi transparent image of plane

Scientists in Europe have now identified 2 different Delta/Omicron 'Deltacron' hybrid or 'recombinant' variants, and another variant which is a mix of the 2 different BA.1 and BA.2 Omicron Variants. None are considered to be any extra cause for concern - they don't seem to have, and shouldn't have, any special features - and we already know what Delta and Omicron are like.
They occur when a single person catches both at once, and the 2 viruses both enter a single cell at the same time. It's a rare thing, but when we have 3 million people in the UK catching COVID each week, rare things happen more often. 

Friday 18 March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 16th / 17th / 18th March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 16th / 17th / 18th March 2022

Today's stats error is.... "Reported case numbers for Scotland cover more than 24 hours" (Irrelevant as we are given a 7 day average).

UK Daily Statistics:
Cases last 7 days: 552,198 (average 78,885 per day, UP a lot from 59,117 a week earlier)
In hospital yesterday 17th March: 14,671 (UP a lot from 11,944 a week earlier)
Using a ventilator yesterday: 292 (UP from 253 a week earlier)
Losses of life last 7 days: 753 (average 107 per day, similar to 104 a week earlier)
Tests last 7 days: 4,997,040 (average 713,862 per day, UP from 650,544 a week earlier, despite less tests being distributed)
Vaccinations 1st dose: 91.7% of UK aged 12+
Vaccinations 2nd dose: 85.7%
Boosted / 3rd dose: 67.1%

Rep. Of Ireland: 1,365,467 cases and 6,638 losses of life (not yet reported today).

World: 467,256,593 reported cases and 6,090,530 losses of life.

Women with COVID should breastfeed and have contact with baby World Health Organisation

"The Peace Bell in Mariupol.
It rings no more.
Until the evil is defeated."
Illia Ponomarenko, Ukrainian journalist at the Kyiv Independent.
His home town is Volnovakha, which has been razed to the ground. Every building has been damaged, including his family home and the maternity hospital where he was born.
His university in Mariupol and everywhere he made his student memories has been destroyed. 90% of the buildings in Mariupol are estimated to have been damaged or destroyed.
His new flat, which he moved into 1 month ago in Bucha, has been destroyed.
He is left in Kyiv, wondering how long he has left there, and where to go next.
This is a young man who will never forget, and how can he ever forgive?
No-one wins a war, and it continues long after it ends.

Thursday 17 March 2022

Ad | Review: Reasonably Priced Personalised Photo Gifts from ASDA for Mother's Day...

ASDA asked if we wanted to take a look at some of their personalised photo gifts, so I set my children the challenge to make me something nice - and they haven't disappointed me! They chose a Mother's day card, a mug and a large canvas... 

Side angle view over the shoulder of a woman (me) holding a large photo canvas

A good measure of how easy a website is to use, is to send a 13 year old to try it, and clearly ASDA's website is easy enough, because I received no complaints.

The teenager did have assistance from his older brother, and direction from his other siblings, but I am told he designed the card entirely by himself... including 5 photos of himself - 3 of them photoshopped into love hearts. Winning the prize for getting into my good books there... 

ASDA photo gifts personalised Mother's Day card collage showing front back and inside

Tuesday 15 March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 14th / 15th March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 14th / 15th March 2022

UK Daily Statistics are a mess today again.
"No update to hospital data in England"
"Newly-reported cases, deaths, tests and vaccinations for Scotland cover several days"

Cases last 7 days: 492,103 (rising average 70,300 per day)
In hospital yesterday 14th March: 13,548 (UP by 2,230 from 11,318 a week earlier, which is an extra 318 a day, and they appear to be saying that's incomplete)
Using a ventilator yesterday 14th March: 280 (up slightly on 268 a week earlier)
Losses of life last 7 days: 714 (steady average of 102 per day)
Tests: 4,799,199 over last 7 days (dropping average 685,599 per day)
Vaccinations 1st dose: 91.7% of UK aged 12+
Vaccinations 2nd dose: 85.6%
Boosted / 3rd dose: 67%

Rep. Of Ireland: 1,353,733 cases and 6,624 losses of life (not yet reported today)

World: 460,953,747 reported cases and 6,069,945 losses of life.

Marina Russian TV lady No War

“In the name of God, let the cries of those who suffer be heard and let the bombings and attacks cease! Let there be a real and decisive focus on negotiation, and let the humanitarian corridors be effective and safe. In the name of God, I ask you: stop this massacre!”
The Pope

"There are hundreds of thousands of people in Ukraine in need of emergency assistance.
Supplying hospitals with medical equipment is also an urgent priority.
I appeal for passages to be open and kept safe so that people can get lifesaving aid and escape to safety."
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

March 2022 #TBCSmiles 91 Months

It's the 15th, and it's the 3rd month, so that must be the date all Caesars hate - the Ides Of March. Crikey the world is a mess right now. A month ago we didn't realise where we would be, and it's certainly not what most of us would have chosen. 

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has wiped COVID from the front pages of the news, but it really has only heaped sadness and stress on top of any which existed beforehand. We really do need some smiles, and every single one is worth it's weight in gold, because they are hard won just now. 

Oksanadrachkovskaillustration on Instagram Ukraine

The storm is a long way from ending. It can feel helpless, pointless, overwhelming. Remember to take a break if you can. Walk away. Read a book, watch a film, meditate, have a kitchen disco. Immerse yourself in a bubble for a while. Sadly it will still all be there when you return, but you'll be stronger and more able to cope. Never lose hope. Just like every other before it, this time too will pass.

Monday 14 March 2022

Ad | Why The Solar Panels Industry Is Thriving

I always try to promote greener options, and I think finally the world is coming around to the same decision. Solar panels are something my partner and I have discussed at length, and we intend to invest in them over the next few years. Whenever something becomes very popular, the price goes down and it generally becomes more user-friendly, so when I saw the title of this guest post, I was already interested in hosting it... bearing in mind the recent rapid price increases in gas and power bills, solar power becomes even more of a sensible idea... 

Why The Solar Panels Industry Is Thriving

Home solar systems are so popular that they don't need to be introduced any more. Their popularity has various reasons. Not only is it an Earth-conscious route, but it's saving thousands of people thousands of dollars (or pounds if you are in the UK).
Citizens of the world are tired of yearly increases and bills getting higher by the day. This is a way to start being self-sufficient and save money you can utilise elsewhere.
If you want to get started or are considering it, this article is meant for you. Here you will find top advice and aspects to look out for.

Saturday evening Timber Festival Derbyshire sunshine through trees

How do I utilise solar systems?

The first thing to consider is the size of your roof. The larger the space on the roof is, the heftier your bill will be. A bigger house will cost more to keep up and running via a solar system.

Your roof will also have to be tough enough to hold up all the panels you need. Ensure there are no leaks, cracks, or mould before starting the procedure. 

Search for distributors/fitters. For example if you’re living in San Diego, scan the internet for 'reliable solar panel companies near me', and analyse a few of the highest-rated solar company in San Diego county. Ask as many questions as you can and run an interviewing phase to make sure you hire the perfect company. 

Your weather conditions will also play a significant role, so make sure the corporation you hire is local and has good credibility.

Using your system to maximum capacity

You need to be sure your house will be your home for the foreseeable future. You don't want to invest in a house that might not be the best option a few years from now. Even though solar panels can be moved and installed elsewhere, keeping a certain solar system for a certain environment is advisable. This is because the system will be personalised for the current environment, roof area, and electricity demand.

You want as much sunlight on your roof as possible. Knowing this, you can start clearing big trees or other obstacles that might be in the way of your sunbeams.

Hayfever season is upon us TBCSmiles June 2021

Let's talk about expenses 

Once you calculate the amount of money you will spend on electricity bills for the next ten years, you will understand how solar panels are more efficient economically. It is a big amount to spend initially, but this one-off payment will buy a portion of your financial freedom. 

The company you decide to hire will help you determine how much you can save by installing the solar system. Most businesses have breakdowns and remarkably thorough ways to explain how big of an investment solar panels for your home are.

To conclude 

If you are still wondering if solar systems are the right way to go, don't rush into a decision. Do extensive research to comprehend the whole picture before taking any steps. Numerous citizens start up a savings account to conserve funds, mainly installing a solar system. The sooner you get it done, the more you will save, but this doesn't mean you should rush. You need to be ready and financially stable enough to start the process.

Some of the photos in this post are from my reviews of Timber Festival, in the glorious Derbyshire sunshine. We had free entry to review in 2018 and 2019, and you can find my 2019 Timber Festival review post here... 

Saturday evening Timber Festival Derbyshire balancing

Sunday 13 March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Weekend Update 12th / 13th March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Weekend Update 12th / 13th March 2022

The UK do NOT currently update daily statistics at weekends. See Friday for latest stats.

World: 457,613,472 reported cases and 6,064,493 losses of life.

There is very little 'COVID news' today, which is also good news for my family, who will be having an early tea... (well, earlier than usual on a Sunday... )

Stop attacks on health care in Ukraine World Health Organisation

The UK's schools inspectorate OFSTED are unhappy about the effect COVID has had on home/school relationships. They believe that it has "fractured the social contract between parents and schools" (chief inspector Amanda Spielman in The Guardian yesterday).
Compared to pre-pandemic, parents and carers are currently more likely to allow their children to stay at home, or take them out of school for holidays in term time.
I think Amanda is fretting a bit early there. Parents and children (in fact all people) have spent 2 years being a bit scared and out of control of our own lives, and it's only natural it'll take some of us a while to get back into a regular rhythm. Some people never will, but for most, including those who have been bereaved, there will be a broader return to pre-pandemic 'normal' when people are ready.

Friday 11 March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 9th / 10th / 11th March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 9th / 10th / 11th March 2022

UK Statistics:
Cases last 7 days: 399,820 (average 59,117 per day)
In hospital yesterday 10th March: 11,944 (UP A LOT from 10,510 a week earlier.)
Using a ventilator yesterday 10th March: 253 (Steadily DOWN from 264 a week earlier)
Losses of life last 7 days: 730 (average 104 per day)
Tests last 7 days: 4,553,814 (average 650,544 per day)
Losses of life total: 162,738 within 28 days of a positive test
People with COVID as a cause on their death certificate up to Friday 25th February: 184,458

Rep. Of Ireland: 1,341,826 (+9,125) cases and 6,611 (+21) losses of life.

World: 454,447,651 reported cases and 6,054,087 losses of life.

110322 ONS random sampling study results cases UK nations

It is 2 years today since the World Health Organisation said the word we'd all been waiting for - "Pandemic". Since then over 6 million people have officially died directly due to the effects of COVID infection.

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Two boys leabning over a large gate talking to ponies

What is Resilience and What Does It Look Like? 

Resilience is the ability to bounce back during or after challenging times. It is what helps us keep going after a failure or major setback. Without resilience, we give up as soon as things become tough, making it impossible to achieve our goals or keep moving forward.

Thursday 10 March 2022

White Peak Distillery Tour Review (Ad | Visit Derby)

Our Visit Derby review trip in February took us a little out of the city centre on the Saturday afternoon, but not far. 20 minutes drive North of Derby on the A6 (just past Ambergate), is the old wire works site nestling on the river Derwent. This is now the White Peak Distillery, and we joined them for a Distillery Tour and Gin Tasting... 

White Peak Distillery Tour Review Ad Visit Derby

Originally an iron forge until 1876, the wire works became a major local employer, manufacturing heavy duty cabling and wire right up until the mid 1990's. The White Peak Distillery have now taken some of the buildings on, and it is the ideal spot to create some very interesting spirits. 

White Peak Distillery alcohol selection on a shelving unit rum gin whisky

I've been to breweries before, but never a distillery, and this is a very young one, so the first thing I noticed was how spotlessly clean it all was! A mere 2 days before we arrived, the very first batch of 3 year aged Wire Works single malt Whisky had gone on sale and immediately sold out, so there was a real buzz of excitement, and well-placed pride. 

Ad | Tips To Help Your Kids Prepare For Tests

It’s normal to want to be a part of your child’s academic life so you can help them excel. However, you can’t be there for every moment, including test days. With exam season coming up, stress levels will rise, so here is a helpful post from Marie Miguel, researcher and health writer at Better Help - where you can find a whole library of FREE advice to support your children's mental health. 

School children walking down the road away from us wearing uniform and sun caps

Though you can’t help them during the test, there are some things you can do to help them prepare. Read on for some test prep tips that will help your kids excel. And when you’re finished reading this article, head over to BetterHelp to get more advice on tests and other parenting subjects. 

Tuesday 8 March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 7th / 8th March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 7th / 8th March 2022

UK Daily Statistics:
Cases last 7 days: +322,917 (average 46,131 per day)
Tests last 7 days: 4,392,544 (average 627,506 per day)
Tests / Cases means 1 in every 13 is positive.
(That's really high. World Health Organisation say anything greater than 1 in 20 means you aren't catching them all.)
In hospital yesterday Monday 7th March: 11,318 (UP from 10,551 eight days earlier - that's a BIG jump of almost 100 a day)
Using A Ventilator yesterday Monday 7th March: 268 (DOWN from 290 a week earlier)
Losses of life last 7 days: 729 (average 104 per day)
Vaccinations 1st Dose: 52,677,564 (91.6% of UK aged 12+)
Vaccinations 2nd Dose: 49,120,352 (85.4%)
Boosted / 3rd Dose: 38,396,473 (66.8%)

Rep. Of Ireland: 1,326,946 (+4,355) cases and 6,571 (+1) losses of life.

World: 448,780,890 reported cases and 6,030,409 losses of life.

Healthcare is not a target World Health Organisation

"Thanks to all the women have made an outstanding contribution to the COVID-19 pandemic response. In 2021/2022 women represented 46% of SAGE participants, giving invaluable advice in their work as epidemiologists, social scientists, engineers and much more."
Sir Patrick Vallance, UK Chief Scientific Advisor.
Women also made up a large percentage of indieSAGE (a lot of people speak on both the UK Government official advisory panels AND the unofficial advisory panels). 

The number of people who have officially died from COVID worldwide has now passed 6 million. The true figure is likely to be somewhere between 14 and 23 million. 

"Today the outflow of refugees from Ukraine reaches two million people.
Two million."
Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Sunday 6 March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Weekend Update 5th / 6th March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Weekend Update 5th / 6th March 2022

World: 445,921,999 reported cases and 6,017,821 losses of life.

"Sorry, but we can't stay silent on this one, it's just far too cynical. What Russia is doing in Ukraine is slaughtering innocent children, women and men for its own gain. It's definitely not "fighting Nazism". Shame on anyone who's falling for this. (Sadly, we're kinda experts on Nazism.)"
The German Embassy in South Africa.

Healthcare is not a target World Health Organisation

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford announced on Friday that Wales will end all Covid restrictions and free PCR testing from March 28th.
Although mask wearing and self-isolating will no longer be legal requirements, people are advised to continue.
Free lateral flow tests will no longer be available from the end of June, when contact tracing will end, and self-isolation advice will change.

Friday 4 March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 2nd / 3rd / 4th March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 2nd / 3rd / 4th February 2022

UK Daily Statistics:
Cases last 7 days: +255,864 (average 36,552 per day)
In hospital yesterday Thursday 3rd March: 10,510
Using a ventilator 3rd March: 264
Losses of life last 7 days: +710 (daily average 101. Total 162,008)
Vaccinations 1st Dose: 52,654,053 (91.6% of age 12+)
Vaccinations 2nd Dose: 49,061,567 (85.3%)
Boosted / 3rd Dose: 38,311,827 (66.6%)

Rep. Of Ireland: 1,315,100 (+3,995) cases and 6,531 (+4) losses of life.

World: 442,971,521 reported cases and 6,004,789 losses of life.

040322 excess mortality UK

“Nobody believed in the modern world a human being could behave like a beast.”
Ukrainian President Zelensky speaking in person to journalist Trey Yingst yesterday.

Guess what I've got?
I'll give you a clue. It starts with a positive test and in most cases ends with a week on the sofa watching videos and feeling rough. Booo...
Couldn't roll that dice any longer and the inevitable has occurred. I lasted over 2 years talking about COVID before I got to try it, which I think is pretty good going for saying I live in Greater Manchester with 3 kids of various ages. I'm going for "would not recommend". I feel like I've been hit by a bus, everything hurts, so I think you'll spot the stories I wrote up before I got ill, and the other bits that are mostly headlines and soundbites... 

Tuesday 1 March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 28th February / 1st March 2022

COVID-19 Coronavirus UK and World News Update 28th February / 1st March 2022

UK Statistics:
Cases over the last 7 days: 231,973
Cases total: 18,985,568
In hospital Sunday 27th Feb: 10,551
Using a ventilator Monday 28th Feb: 290
Losses of life over the last 7 days: 741
Losses of life total: 161,630
Vaccinations 1st Dose: 52,634,448 (91.5% of UK aged 12+)
Vaccinations 2nd Dose: 49,014,524 (85.2%)
Boosted / 3rd doses: 38,235,339 (66.5%)

Rep. Of Ireland: 1,303,720 (+3,298) cases and 6,508 (+11) losses of life.

World: 437,846,432 reported cases and 5,978,646 losses of life.

Ukraine needs help World Health Organisation

Happy St David's Day Welsh people! You no longer have to wear a face covering in most indoor places, including cinemas, theatres, community centres, museums and gyms.
Face coverings are still a legal requirement for adults and children aged 11+  in all retail settings, on public transport and in health and care settings.

From 1 March 2022, multiple infection episodes are included in cases for Scotland:
- cases include both new infections and possible reinfections
- deaths following possible reinfection are reported
- cases by specimen date and deaths by date of death have been revised back to the beginning of the pandemic
- historical cases and deaths by report date have not been revised, so there has been a step increase in the cumulative number of cases of around 60,000 and in the number of deaths of 75