The government restrictions are now having some impact on the coronavirus pandemic in the UK, but the situation remains very delicately balanced, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in November 2020.


6,306 deaths [reported within 28 days of a positive test] in the last 14 days.

Restrictions are now having some impact, but the situation remains very delicately balanced, with variations across different areas across the UK.

Headline data:

  • 12,330 positive tests.
  • 205 more deaths in the last 24hrs
  • 1,350 hospital admissions (last reported on 26/11)
  • 15,712 hospital in-patients (last reported on 26/11)
  • 1,417 on ventilation beds (last reported on 27/11)
  • 240,259 new cases reported in the last 14 days according to government data.

Not forgetting that since the first UK case, at the end of January 2020, there have been 1,629,657 cases of coronavirus in the UK; and according to government figures 58,448 people have died.

However, these data include only those who have died within 28 days of testing positive, other measures suggest the number of deaths is actually higher: 66,713 being reported today as β€œthe total number of deaths of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday, 13 November 2020.β€πŸ”·


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Dr Joe Pajak, Professional experience applied scientific research and development, then director of a national children’s charity, trustee of a disability charity, and governor of NHS foundation trust hospitals.





[This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 30 November 2020. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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