Another 1,290 COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours – and a total of 8,565 deaths in the past 7 days, another record high since the pandemic began, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in January 2021.

The new Covid-19 figures are worrying as are the recent findings from the REACT study, which found that, Coronavirus infections are not falling in England.”  

Latest REACT findings show:

“A high number of people remain infected with the coronavirus in England and the rate of new infections was not dropping 10 days into lockdown.

“According to these recent findings from the ongoing REACT study, around 1 in 63 people currently have the virus, or 1.58% of the population. This is the highest figure the study has reported since it began testing in May 2020 and an increase of more than 50% compared with previous findings from early December.

“Based on swab tests on almost 143,000 people in the community between 6th and 15th January, the study has also picked up early signs that infections may have begun to rise at the national level, with R estimated at 1.04.


The data also indicates that less than 500,000 people have had two doses of the vaccine; while around 5,000,000 have had one dose and await the second dose to complete the manufacturers stated vaccination dose.

The Government can’t afford to get its vaccine strategy wrong.
What is currently the government’s strategy regarding Covid-19 vaccines? Two doses? One dose? What are the risks? Who knows what the government’s SAGE committee has advised?


Our NHS is managing in extremely challenging circumstances, and all our health care staff are under the most intense pressure. We must never allow this unique and precious resource to be in such a dire situation againunderfunded, under-resourced, and often working in old and run down facilities unfit for their purpose.  

Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the dreadful fact that 1,290 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 16,072 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days – the highest number in any 14-day period!  

Finally, 654,231 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 38,676 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 19 January), and 3,953 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 19 January).  

The Full Data

The 7-day UK data chart is provided below.

7-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 21-January-2021

UK COVID-19 data 🦠 reported on 21 January 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 37,892 (↘️ -1,013 from 38,905) positive tests in the last 24 hours
  • 1,290 (↘️ -530 from 1,820) deaths in the last 24 hours
  • 3,709 (↘️ -178 from 3,887) hospital admissions (latest date reported 17 January 2021)
  • 38,676 (↘️ -392 from 39,068) hospital in-patients (to 19 January 2021)
  • 3,953 (↗️ +6 from 3,947) patients on ventilation beds (19 January 2021)
  • 3,543,646 (↗️ +37,892 from 3,505,754) total positive cases (since the first case was reported on 31 January 2020)
  • 357 days since first reported case
  • 321 days since first reported death
  • 💉 4,973,248 (↗️ +363,508 from 4,609,740) first dose vaccines (as of 20 January 2021)
  • 💉 464,036 (↗️ +3,411 from 460,625) second dose vaccines (fully vaccinated – as of 20 January 2021).

Estimated R number:

  • ®️ 1.2 to 1.3 – with a daily infection growth rate range of +2% to +5% (as of 15 January 2021)

Since Boxing Day:

  • 1,321,498 new cases 🦠
  • 24,331 further deaths

The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes: 95,829 – Registered up to Friday 8 January 2021.  

The data continues to reach grim 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.   

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.