Well things have certainly changed since I last updated the figures. The worldwide cumulative infection rate (according to worldometers) is fast approaching 21 million, with the same three heading the table of most infections: USA (5.4m), Brazil (3.2m) and India (2.4m).
The UK's upward trend has continued, which I suppose is not unexpected given the easing of the lockdown restrictions. At least it is a gentle rise, unlike some of our European neighbours and the other countries at the top end of the table. As of yesterday, the UK 7-day rolling average was still under 1000 (945) but not sure that will be the case for long if the rate of infection continues in its current trend.
I am going through a very busy period workwise, and heading back to Belfast for another 4 days on Monday morning, so I have decided to change the way in which I am reporting the official Thai/UK data. I will now update only every few days and provide the official figures reported by Thailand and the UK. As far as the UK is concerned, I will report only the 7-day rolling average infection and death figures as well as the cumulative totals.
One positive I've noticed in the UK data is that the average daily death rate has fallen significantly, as of yesterday the 7 day rolling average was down to 12!
On the subject of the UK's death figures, from today the UK has changed how it presents its death statistics. This is what was said in the Government update:
"On 17 July, the Secretary of State asked Public Health England (PHE) to urgently review the way daily death statistics are currently reported.
A review into the method used to calculate these figures considered a range of scientific evidence to identify the best time limit to apply between date of test and date of death.
The new daily measure provides a UK-wide count of deaths under a consistent methodology for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales that has been endorsed by an external review.
The measure will be based on a 28-day limit between the date of a positive lab-confirmed test and date of death. Deaths that occur more than 28 days after a positive test will not be included in the headline count."
As a consequence, the cumulative UK death total has been reduced by 5,377 to 41,329. This method of counting is used by quite a number of countries.