Latest government data reports 54,940 new coronavirus infections in the UK and tragically 563 deaths in the last 24 hours, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in January 2021.


Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the tragic fact that 6,363 people have lost their lives in the last 7 days in the UK, while there have been 10,635 COVID-19 deaths and 784,005 new cases reported in the last 14 days 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.

As predicted by so many back in December, the restrictions, and behaviours, over the Christmas and New Year period, are now having a terrible impact on our NHS. New daily hospital admissions, those already occupying hospital beds, and those requiring intensive care support, have reached new levels, levels that are becoming extremely difficult for hospitals and their staff to manage.

Data Charts

14-day and 7 day UK data charts is provided below:

22-Mar-2020 to 10-Jan-2021: Logarithmic chart with 14-day trend lines
22-Mar-2020 to 10-Jan-2021: Logarithmic chart with 7-day trend lines

UK COVID-19 data, reported on 10 January 2021:

  • 54,940 positive tests in last 24 hours
  • 563 COVID-19 deaths in last 24 hours
  • 4,066 further hospital admissions (5 January 2021) – the highest number admitted in one 24 hour period at any time during the pandemic!
  • 32,294 hospital in-patients (to 7 January 2021) – the highest level at any time during the pandemic!
  • 3,098 patients on ventilation beds (8 January 2021)
  • 3,072,349 Positive Covid-19 cases reported since the first case was reported on 31 January 2020
  • 346 days since first reported case
  • 310 days since first reported death
  • 1,296,432 people received first vaccinations (cumulative weekend 03/01/2021).

Since Boxing Day:

  • 850,197 new cases 🦠
  • 11,182 further deaths

Many of these numbers have reached record levels, and we must never forget the data represent real people suffering, real people dying, Β  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 10 January 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]