Is this our modern day ‘Darkest Hour’ – to borrow a phrase coined by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during WW2? If only we had leaders of his ilk today in positions to make the decisions needed, Dr Joe Pajak writes.
First published in December 2020.
The message today is the same as yesterday’s, with today’s stark figures more must be done to prevent the accelerating spread of the Covid-19 virus.
While 3,400 deaths in the last 7 days is a very concerning figure too.
Is this our modern day ‘Darkest Hour’ – to borrow a phrase coined by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War 2? If only we had leaders of his ilk today in positions to make the decisions needed.
As Dr Chaand Nagpaul, GP and Chair of the BMA Council, indicated this afternoon on Sky News, after being asked if a full lockdown was needed, “There is no doubt that the priority now must be to bring the infection rate down, through measures that reduce mixing”, and to do all that is necessary “to ensure adherence to the rules.” Adding that among key actions that should be included in this, is the “acceleration of the vaccination of health care workers”.
Today’s data in focus
Today’s 14-day trendline chart is provided below. The data presented is based on the latest figures provided today – using 7-day rolling averages on this occasion because of the fast-moving pace of change.
Note: The data for deaths attributed to Covid-19, each following a reported positive test result for Covid-19 within 28 days of their death.
UK Covid-19 headline data, reported on 22 December 2020:
- 36,804 further positive tests
- 691 further deaths in the last 24 hours
- 1,875 further hospital admissions (reported as of 18/12)
- 18,943 hospital in-patients in total (reported as of 18/12)
- 1,364 patients on ventilation beds (reported as of 18/12)
However, these data include only those who have died within 28 days of testing positive; other measures suggest the number of deaths is higher: 79,349 being reported as “the total number of deaths of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday, 11 December 2020.”🔷
- Daily summary: Coronavirus in the UK | UK Government
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.