The intensity and severity of the situation being managed by those working in our NHS hospitals shouldn’t be forgotten with admissions to hospitals, those already in hospitals, and those requiring intensive care, all remaining at extremely high levels, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in January 2021.


Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the reality that 671 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 7,830 people have now lost their lives in the last 7 days – the highest number in any 7-day period! So, no time for any complacency, the current vaccine programme cannot be completed soon enough.  

Note: The Covid-19 UK data published on a Sunday often appear to lag for whatever reason.

14,193 people have lost their lives in the last 14 days, which is also the highest number of deaths in any 14 day period.

Finally, 741,184 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.

We have to hope that everyone is getting the message now, and that fewer people are being influenced by Covid-19 deniers.

As Dominic Lawson wrote in the Sunday Times today, “The second wave of Covid has drowned the sceptics’ delusions. Anti-lockdowners cling to their pet experts, who have been horribly wrong.”

Particularly poignant in the piece is the quote every hospital doctor will recognise: “Every doctor I work with in acute care has treated people sick or dying with Covid-19 who point-blank refused to believe it was real or that they had it, because of what they read or heard from certain commentators.”



Latest health care data indicate that 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).

The Full Data

The 14-day UK data chart and the 7-day UK chart are provided below for comparison and to highlight the situation in the past 7-days.

14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 17-January-2021
7-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 17-January-2021

The 7-day totals indicate that the current full lockdown may now be having an impact, but only on the number of infections, which are still far too high to relax restrictions; in fact, the healthcare data and deaths in 7 days remain at record highs.  


UK COVID-19 data, reported on 17 January 2021:

  • 38,598 positive tests in last 24 hours 🦠
  • 671 deaths in last 24 hours.
  • 4,179 hospital admissions (latest date reported 13 January 2021)
  • 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!
  • 3,395,959 positive Covid-19 cases (since the first case was reported on 31 January 2020)
  • 353 days since first reported case
  • 316 days since first reported death
  • 3,857,266 people have now received first vaccinations (cumulative reported 16/01/2021)

Since Boxing Day:

  • 1,173,811 new cases 🦠
  • 19,012 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 place immense pressure on all those people working at the frontline, and we must never forget their sacrifices, or that the data represent real people suffering and real people dying.🔷


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