‘Pingdemic’? The truth is coronavirus infections are rising across the UK

Newspaper covers on the 'pingdemic'
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The number of people with coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to rise across the UK, with around one in 75 people in England infected, new figures have suggested. It comes as elements of the media continue to blame staff absences on the so-called ‘pingdemic’.

Coronavirus rising

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that nearly three-quarters of a million people in private households in England are likely to have had coronavirus in the week to 17 July. The estimate of the number testing positive – 741,700 – is the equivalent of around one in 75 people, up from one in 95 in the previous week, and is the highest number since the week to 30 January.

Meanwhile, in Scotland, around one in 80 people are estimated to have had coronavirus in the week to 17 July – up from one in 90 in the previous week and the highest level since the ONS began recording there last October.

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For Wales, the latest estimate is one in 210 people, up from one in 360 in the previous week and the highest level since the week to 19 February.

In Northern Ireland the latest estimate is one in 170 people, up from one in 290 and the highest since the week to 12 February.

The ONS data is based on 529,983 tests gathered from across the UK over the last six weeks and includes people without symptoms.


Commentators and doctors have criticised the media for using the phrase ‘pingdemic’. The implication is that workers are being forced to stay off work due to an overactive NHS app as opposed to rising infections:


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    1. Sadly there are a lot of people who read the MSM and believe every word. Although vaccination has reduced the number of serious cases requiring hospital admission there are still some, and what no one in the media seems to have grasped is that the more cases there are, serious or not, the greater the chance of a vaccination busting mutation. Then we’re back to square one, right down the pan-demic.

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