As 1,041 new Covid-19 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours (highest since 21 April), Government data reports 62,322 coronavirus infections in 24 hours (highest figure by this measure ever reported), and a total of 8,295 deaths in the last 14 days in the UK, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in January 2021.


Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicate the harsh reality that a further 4,798 people have lost their lives in the last 7 days in the UK. While in the past 14 days 687,251 new cases have been reported, the highest 14-day total at any time during the pandemic.  

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 impact of the restrictions, and behaviours, over the Christmas and New Year period, are now beginning to have a noticeable impact on hospital admissions and those requiring intensive care support.  

The data also indicate that there have been 578,958 new cases of COVID-19 in the UK reported since Boxing Day. We appear to be reaching new high levels in all measures, as the data and chart illustrate.  

Chart Data

The 14-day UK data chart is provided below:

14-Day UK COVID-19 Data - Trend Lines 06-January-2021

UK COVID-19 data, reported on 06 January 2021:

  • 62,322 positive tests in last 24 hours
  • 1,041 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours
  • 3,179 new hospital admissions (last report 29/12)
  • 30,451 hospital in-patients (last report 4/1)
  • 2,645 patients on ventilation beds (last report 5/1)
  • 342 days since first reported case
  • 306 days since first reported death
  • 944,539 people received first vaccinations (cumulative weekend 27/12/20)

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