The latest Covid-19 UK data underlines the massive pressure being managed by the NHS – with new admissions to hospital, those already in hospital, and those requiring intensive care all at the highest levels since the beginning of the pandemic, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in January 2021.


Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the grim fact that 1,295 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 7,722 people have now lost their lives in the last 7 days.  

13,977 people have lost their lives in the last 14 days.

Finally, 757,576 new cases have been reported in the last 14 days.

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 chart below illustrates the trend in the UK data. The number of infections may well be reaching a ‘peak’, at least for the moment, but the situation remains balanced on a sharp knife-edge and could change very quickly.

Latest health care data indicate that the pressure on the NHS is continuing to grow (as predicted yesterday by Professor Chris Whitty) with 37,475 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 14 January), and 3,789 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 15 January), while 4,532 patients were admitted to hospital.   on 12 January (latest UK-wide data available).

The Full Data

The 14-day UK data chart is provided below.

14-Day UK COVID-19 Data - Trend Lines 16-January-2021

UK COVID-19 data, reported on 16 January 2021:

  • 41,346 positive tests in last 24 hours 🦠
  • 1,295 COVID-19 deaths in last 24 hours.
  • 4,532 hospital admissions (latest date reported 12 January 2021) – the highest level at any time during the pandemic!
  • 37,475 hospital in-patients (to 14 January 2021) – the highest level at any time during the pandemic!
  • 3,789 patients on ventilation beds (15  January 2021) – the highest level at any time during the pandemic!
  • 3,357,361 positive Covid-19 cases (since the first case was reported on 31 January 2020)
  • 352 days since first reported case
  • 316 days since first reported death
  • 3,559,179 people have now received first vaccinations (cumulative reported 15/01/2021)

Since Boxing Day:

  • 1,093,867 new cases 🦠
  • 17,046 further deaths

The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes: 89,243 – Registered up to Friday, 1 January 2021.  


The data continues to reach dreadful levels, and we must never forget the data represent real people suffering, real people dying, and a situation that many would argue is so much worse because of poor government decision-making and delayed action.🔷


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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.