Today’s data indicate 50,023 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, over half a million new cases in the last 14 days, and a further 981 deaths, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in December 2020.


Today’s data indicate the sad and truly shocking fact that a further 981 people have lost their lives in the last 24 hours in the UK,   while the number of deaths in the last 14 days was 7,028.

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 519,612 new cases reported in the past 14 days, that is about double the 14-day figures reported two weeks ago on 16 December.

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

UK Covid-19 headline data, reported on 30 December 2020:

  • 50,023 further positive tests – the second HIGHEST UK number reported at any time during the pandemic.
  • 981 further deaths in the last 24 hours
  • 2,430 new hospital admissions (reported as of 22/12)
  • 23,771 hospital in-patients in total (reported as of 28/12)
  • 1,847 patients on ventilation beds (reported as of 28/12)

335 days after the first case was reported in the UK, 2,432,888 cases have been reported,   together with 72,548 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: 82,624 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, 18 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 30 December 2020. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]