Another 610 lives sadly lost to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours and a total of 8,678 deaths in the past 7 days. There is simply no time for complacency, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in January 2021.


Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the grim and sad fact that 610 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 16,508 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days. This figure may be significant, as for the past 21 days (consecutively) this 14-day total number has risen! When this data begins to fall consistently we may then be able to begin to feel that a turning point could have been reached.  

575,118 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 37,899 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 21 January), and 4,076 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 22 January) – this remains the highest number of patients in mechanical ventilation beds since the pandemic began.  

The Full Data

The 14-day UK data chart is provided below.

14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 24-January-2021

UK COVID-19 data 🦠 reported on 24 January 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 30,004 (↘️ -3,548) positive tests in the last 24 hours
  • 610 (↘️ -738) deaths in the last 24 hours
  • 4,013 (↘️ -112) hospital admissions (latest date reported 20 January 2021)
  • 37,899 hospital in-patients (no update since 21 January 2021)
  • 4,076 patients on ventilation beds (no update since 22 January 2021)
  • 3,647,463 (↗️ +30,004) total positive cases (since the first case was reported on 31 January 2020)
  • 360 days since first reported case
  • 324 days since first reported death

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

  • 💉 6,353,321 (↗️ +491,970) first dose vaccines
  • 💉 469,660 (↗️ +1,043) 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%

Last 28 days:

  • 1,359,123 new cases 🦠
  • 27,143 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 reality of the data remains difficult to comprehend, but we must never forget the data represent real people suffering, real people dying, and often those who are among the more vulnerable in society. A situation that some would argue has occurred because of a lack of preparedness, poor government decision-making, and delayed action.

We must hope that the vaccine will, in due course, prevent more suffering and deaths due to this deadly virus. Let’s also not forget that only 469,660 people have currently completed the full course of two vaccinations. There is simply no time for complacency!      


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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.