Latest government data reports 68,053 new coronavirus infections in the UK and tragically 1,325 deaths in the last 24 hours, both reaching new record levels, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in January 2021.


Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the dreadful fact that 5,665 people have lost their lives in the last 7 days in the UK. While since Boxing Day there have been 9,584 COVID-19 deaths and 735,833 new cases reported in the UK. Β 

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 having a very noticeable impact on hospital admissions and those requiring intensive care support. Β 

The mayor of London has thus declared a major incident in London this Friday, β€œToday I have declared a major incident in London because the threat this virus poses to our city is at crisis point. One in 30 Londoners now has COVID-19. If we do not take immediate action now, our NHS could be overwhelmed and more people will die.”

The fact is that the impact of the disease now is reaching new levels, levels that sadly many had predicted some weeks ago. Β 

Data Charts

14-day UK data charts is provided below:

UK Covid-19 Data for period 20-Mar-2020 to 08-Jan-2021: 14-day trend lines

United Kingdom COVID-19 data, reported on 08 January 2021:

  • 68,053 positive tests in last 24 hours
  • 1,325 COVID-19 deaths in last 24 hours
  • 3,867 further hospital admissions (4 January)
  • 31,624 hospital in-patients (to 6 January)
  • 2,929 patients on ventilation beds (to 7 January)
  • 344 days since first reported case
  • 308 days since first reported death
  • 1,296,432 people received first vaccinations (cumulative weekend 03/01/2021)

Since Boxing Day 14 days:

  • 735,320 new cases 🦠
  • 9,584 further deaths

Since New Year’s Day 7 days:

  • 415,408 new cases 🦠
  • 5,665 further deaths

This data is really difficult to take in, not least because the figures are reaching new heights, but particularly because they represent real people, and a situation that some would argue is so much worse because of poor decision-making and delayed action.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 8 January 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]