Nearly 8,000 Covid-19 deaths were reported in 14 days in the UK, as the country tops 60,916 coronavirus infections in 24 hours for the first time since the start of the pandemic and 830 new deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in January 2021.


Prime Minister Boris Johnson reported this afternoon that the number of vaccinations is now at around 1.3 million.

He also said that by 15 February 2021 the NHS is committed to offering a vaccination to everyone in the top four priority groups, and that “next week there will be seven vaccination centres opening in places such as sports stadiums.”

A highly ambitious plan, but can it be met with acts, and not disappointment once again?

Only time will tell.

Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicate the dreadful reality that a further 830 people have lost their lives in the last 24 hours in the UK,   while the number of deaths in the last 14 days was 7,998.

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 516,636 new cases of Covid-19 in the UK reported since Boxing Day.  

The impact of the restrictions, and behaviours over the Christmas and New Year period, are likely to have a noticeable impact over the next few weeks.

Chart Data

The 14-day UK data chart is provided below:

14-Day UK Covid-19 Data - Trend Lines 05-January-2021

UK Covid-19 data, reported on 5 January 2021:

  • 60,916 further positive tests – Highest daily number reported during the pandemic (cases by date reported)
UK Government
  • 830 further deaths in the last 24 hours
  • 3,075 new hospital admissions (reported as of 28/12 – now 8 days since this UK data was last updated.)
  • 23,857 hospital in-patients in total (reported as of 28/12 – now 8 days since this UK data was last updated.)

Note: the data for in-patients in England as of 4/1 is reported as 26,626 – UK combined data is not updated until all data for the UK is available – the trend line chart does not therefore reflect the true increase in hospital in-patients as yet.

  • 1,847 patients on ventilation beds (reported as of 28/12 – now 8 days since this UK data was last updated.)
UK Government

341 days after the first case was reported in the UK, 2,774,479 cases have been reported, together with 76,305 deaths   (since the first death was reported in the UK 305 days ago).


Data source:






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