54,990 coronavirus infections have been reported in the last 24 hours, with 614,634 new cases reported in the last 14 days, and 454 new deaths in 24 hours, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in January 2021.


Today’s data indicate the dreadful reality that a further 454 people have lost their lives in the last 24 hours in the UK, Β  while the number of deaths in the last 7 days was 4,228.

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 396,936 new cases of Covid-19 in the UK reported since Boxing Day. Β 

The 14-day UK data chart and the 7-day UK data chart are provided below for comparison.

14-Day UK Covid-19 Data - Trend Lines
7-Day UK Covid-19 Data - Trend Lines

The first national lockdown from 23 March 2020 enabled suppression of the virus, limited transmission and reduced pressure on frontline services.

Measures introduced in November and December appear to have had a limited impact, with worrying signs of increasing escalation.

UK Covid-19 data, reported on 3 January 2021:

  • 54,990 further positive tests
  • 454 further deaths in the last 24 hours
  • 2,434 new hospital admissions (reported as of 22/12 – now 11 days since this UK data was last updated.)
  • 23,823 hospital in-patients in total (reported as of 28/12 – now 6 days since this UK data was last updated.)
  • 1,847 patients on ventilation beds (reported as of 28/12 – now 6 days since this UK data was last updated.)

339 days after the first case was reported in the UK, 2,654,779 cases have been reported, together with 75,024 deaths (since the first death was reported in the UK 303 days ago). 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: 82,624 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, 18 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.





[This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 3 January 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]