58,784 coronavirus infections have been reported in the last 24 hours, with 640,054 new cases reported in the last 14 days, and 407 new deaths in 24 hours, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in January 2021.


Today’s data indicate the dreadful reality that a further 407 people have lost their lives in the last 24 hours in the UK,   while the number of deaths in the last 7 days was 4,278.

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 455,720 new cases of Covid-19 in the UK reported since Boxing Day.   The impact of the restrictions, and behaviours over the Christmas period, are likely to begin to be felt over the next few weeks.

The 14-day UK data chart is provided below:

14-Day UK Covid-19 Data - Trend Lines 04-January-2021

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, however, appear to have had a limited impact, with increasingly worrying signs of further escalation.

UK Covid-19 data, reported on 4 January 2021:

  • 58,784 further positive tests
  • 407 further deaths in the last 24 hours
  • 2,434 new hospital admissions (reported as of 22/12 – now 12 days since this UK data was last updated.)
  • 23,823 hospital in-patients in total (reported as of 28/12 – now 7 days since this UK data was last updated.)
  • 1,847 patients on ventilation beds (reported as of 28/12 – now 7 days since this UK data was last updated.)

340 days after the first case was reported in the UK, 2,713,563 cases have been reported, together with 75,431 deaths   (since the first death was reported in the UK 304 days ago).




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 4 January 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]