Today’s shocking figure of 1,610 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours is the highest UK daily figure reported since the pandemic began 355 days ago. It emphasises the scale of the challenges the nation is currently facing, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in January 2021.


The UK government has not missed any opportunity to bleat about Britain being “world-beating”. Now the hard fact is that Britain is leading the world in the wrong sense of that phrase with the death rate, according to Our World in Data, at the top of this dreadful Covid global league table.  


As Piers Morgan said this morning, “When it comes to vaccines, they [the government] can’t stop making international comparisons.”

So, really, there is no time for any more bleating, no time for any complacency, the current [two dose] vaccine programme cannot be completed soon enough.

Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the grim fact that 1,610 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 8,267 people have now lost their lives in the last 7 days – the highest number in 24 hours and the highest number any 7-day period!  

15,165 people have lost their lives in the last 14 days, which is also the highest number of deaths in any 14 day period.

Finally, 692,374 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 37,946 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 17 January), and 3,916 patients are requiring intensive care support   (as of 18 January).

The Full Data

The 7-day UK data chart is provided below.

The 7-day totals indicate that the current lockdown appears to be having an impact, but most noticeably on the number of infections, which remain far too high to relax restrictions; in fact, the healthcare data and deaths in 7 days remain at very high levels, and are potentially likely to remain at high levels for some time.  

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

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

  • 33,355 positive tests in the last 24 hours 🦠
  • 1,610 deaths in the last 24 hours – the highest at any time during the pandemic!
  • 3,634 hospital admissions (latest date reported 15 January 2021)
  • 37,946 hospital in-patients (to 17 January 2021)
  • 3,916 patients on ventilation beds (18 January 2021)
  • 3,466,849 positive Covid-19 cases (since the first case was reported on 31 January 2020)
  • 355 days since first reported case
  • 319 days since first reported death
  • 4,266,577 people have now received first vaccinations (cumulative reported 18/01/2021)
  • 456,866 people have now received second vaccinations (cumulative reported 18/01/2021)

Since Boxing Day:

  • 1,244,701 new cases 🦠
  • 21,221 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.