Another 592 lives sadly lost to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours and a total of 8,671 deaths in the past 7 days. This is not the time to lose our nerve and relax any control that we may be gaining, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in January 2021.

Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the grim and sad fact that 592 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 16,571 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days – the highest number in any 14-day period!  

While the number of cases reported is lower, this ‘14-day deaths’ data may be significant, as for the past 22 days (consecutively) this 14-day total number has risen! When this data begins to decrease consistently we may then be at a turning point.  

551,144 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 25-January-2021

UK COVID-19 data 🦠 reported on 25 January 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 22,195 (↘️ -7,809) positive tests in the last 24 hours (usual weekend lag)
  • 592 (↘️ -18) deaths in the last 24 hours (usual weekend lag)
  • 3,547 (↘️ -466) hospital admissions (latest date reported 21 Jan)
  • 37,899 hospital in-patients (no update since 21 Jan)
  • 4,076 patients on ventilation beds (no update since 22 Jan)
  • 3,669,658 (↗️ +22,195) total positive cases (since the first case was reported on 31 Jan)
  • 361 days since first reported case
  • 325 days since first reported death

People vaccinated: (up to and including 24 January 2021)

  • 💉 6,573,570 (↗️ +220,249) first dose vaccines
  • 💉 470,478 (↗️ +818) 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 29 days:

  • 1,339,933 new cases 🦠
  • 27,378 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 be challenging, 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(s) will, in due course, prevent more suffering and deaths due to Covid-19. Let’s also not forget that only 470,478 people have currently completed the full course of two vaccinations. There is no time for complacency!    

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.