With another 1,401 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours and a total of 8,686 deaths in the past 7 days, some would argue that this situation only exists because of a lack of preparedness, poor government decision-making, and delayed action, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in January 2021.


Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the grim and sad fact that 1,401 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 16,148 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days – the highest number in any 14-day period!  

626,439 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 38,562 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 20 January), and 3,960 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 21 January) – these continue to be worryingly high.  

The Full Data

The 7-day UK data chart is provided below.

7-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 22-January-2021

UK COVID-19 data 🦠 reported on 22 January 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 40,261 (↗️ +2,369 from 37,892) positive tests in the last 24 hours
  • 1,401 (↗️ +111 from 1,290) deaths in the last 24 hours
  • 4,034 (↗️ +325 from 3,709 ) hospital admissions (latest date reported 18 January 2021)
  • 38,562 (↘️ -114 from 38,676) hospital in-patients (to 20 January 2021)
  • 3,960 (↗️ +7 from 3,953) patients on ventilation beds (21 January 2021)
  • 3,583,907 (↗️ +40,261 from 3,543,646) total positive cases (since the first case was reported on 31 January 2020)
  • 358 days since first reported case
  • 322 days since first reported death

People vaccinated: (up to and including 21 January 2021)

  • 💉 5,383,103 (↗️ +409,855 from 4,973,248) first dose vaccines
  • 💉 466,796 (↗️ +2,760 from 464,036) second dose vaccines (fully vaccinated)

Estimated R number: (as of 22 January 2021)

  • ®️ 0.8 to 1, with a daily infection growth rate range of -4% to -1%

Since Boxing Day:

  • 1,361,759 new cases 🦠
  • 25,732 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 dreadful levels, and we must never forget the data represent real people suffering, real people dying, and a situation that some would argue is because of a lack of preparedness, 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.





[This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 22 January 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]