Are all adults behaving equally sensibly, and with true social responsibility, in our time of collective need? Dr Joe Pajak asks.


First published in December 2020.


Sunday Times columnist India Knight wrote a pithy and pertinent piece in today’s paper about this aspect, β€œIntelligent adults [who] are behaving disgracefully in our time of collective need.”

Explaining exactly who it is she means, namely: β€œThe perfectly intelligent adult people who watch a news briefing, read a newspaper report, hear an instruction loud and clear β€” and then decide that for some reason none of it applies to them.”

Tweeting early this morning she wrote that, β€œToday's column is about people who don’t follow the Covid rules.”


And, understandably, both her column and her tweet have received numerous positive and supportive comments. Particularly, but not exclusively, from those living in areas where many people have β€˜second homes’, which they are now using to escape from their β€˜first homes’.

It is hard to ignore the fact that a full national lockdown would have (almost without any doubt) prevented increasing the transmission of the virus (and any of its variants) across the UK. Β 

How The Four Nations Compare

Today, together with the 14-day UK trendline chart, a wider view summary of the latest data across the four nations (respectively) is presented , for comparison.

Today’s UK Data in Focus

Today’s data indicate the dreadful fact that a further 316 people have lost their lives in the last 24 hours in the UK, Β  while the number of deaths in the last 7 days has reached 3,351.

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.

The data also indicate that there have been 248,199 new cases reported in the past 7 days, around 39% more than the 7-day figures reported a week ago on 20 December. Β 

Today’s 14-day trendline chart is provided below:

UK Covid-19 headline data, reported on 27 December 2020:

  • 30,501 further positive tests
  • 316 further deaths in the last 24 hours
  • 2,143 hospital admissions (reported as of 20/12)
  • 21,286 hospital in-patients in total (reported as of 22/12)
  • 1,529 patients on ventilation beds (reported as of 22/12)

332 days after the first case was reported in the UK, 2,288,345 cases have been reported, together with 70,752 deaths. Β 

However, these data only include those who have died within 28 days of testing positive; other measures suggest the number of deaths is higher: 79,349 being reported as β€œthe total number of deaths of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday, 11 December 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.