Critical care has become the major issue as hospital admissions have reached dangerously high numbers in recent weeks (currently one admission every 30 seconds), with very poorly patients infected with the virus requiring the vital extra care and support our NHS provides, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in January 2021.

As the Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said this afternoon at the beginning of the media conference from 10 Downing Street, the NHS is under significant pressure: “As of midnight last night, we have now vaccinated 4,062,501 people across the UK... including more than half of people aged over 80 and care home residents.”

It is good to learn that the cumulative number of people who have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination in the UK is now 4,062,501. However, it is equally important to note that only 452,301 have received a second dose. Particularly, given some uncertainty about the level of protection over time provided by a single dose of the current vaccine.  

Indeed, some virologists are worried that extending the COVID-19 vaccine interval might result in millions of people having only partial immunity as they wait for their second dose.” Other experts warn “against partial immunity, and mutation risks.”

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Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the fact that 599 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 7,900 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.

14,385 people have lost their lives in the last 14 days, which is also the highest number of deaths in any 14 day period.

Finally, 719,935 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.

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 7-day UK data chart is provided below.

7-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 18-January-2021

The 7-day totals indicate that the current full lockdown may now be having an impact, but most noticeably 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 18 January 2021:

  • 37,353 positive tests in last 24 hours 🦠
  • 599 deaths in last 24 hours
  • 3,984 hospital admissions (latest date reported 14 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!
  • 3,433,494 positive Covid-19 cases (since the first case was reported on 31 January 2020)
  • 354 days since first reported case
  • 318 days since first reported death
  • 4,062,501 people have now received first vaccinations (cumulative reported 17/01/2021)
  • 452,301 people have now received second vaccinations (cumulative reported 17/01/2021)

Since Boxing Day:

  • 1,211,346 new cases 🦠
  • 19,611 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 impact of the transmission of the virus continues to place significant 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.🔷

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.


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[This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 18 January 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]