Today’s data indicate 53,135 new coronavirus cases (the highest one day figure for new infections, whether reporting by specimen date or date recorded) and a further 414 deaths, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in December 2020.


Today’s data indicate the sad and dreadful fact that a further 414 people have lost their lives in the last 24 hours in the UK,   while the number of deaths in the last 7 days was 3,260.

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 494,750 new cases reported in the past 14 days, that is about double the 14-day figures reported two weeks ago on 15 December.  

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

UK Covid-19 headline data, reported on 28 December 2020:

  • 53,135 further positive tests – the HIGHEST UK number reported at any time during the pandemic, whichever government data report is used!
  • 414 further deaths in the last 24 hours
  • 2,322 new hospital admissions (reported as of 21/12)
  • 21,286 hospital in-patients in total (reported as of 22/12)
  • 1,529 patients on ventilation beds (reported as of 22/12)

The time lag in the healthcare data is a particular concern and the data are highly likely to be significantly greater than the figures here which are 7 days out of date.

334 days after the first case was reported in the UK, 2,382,865 cases have been reported, together with 71,567 deaths.  

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 “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.”🔷


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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 29 December 2020. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]