As another 1,631 lives were sadly lost to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours (8,692 in the past 7 days), Boris Johnson and his government have now presided over the death of more than 100,000 people due to the coronavirus in a year. By any measure, this is a tragedy of epic proportions, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in January 2021.

100,000 Victims of Coronavirus in The UK

We must never forget the data represent the suffering experienced by real people, and that over 100,000 real people have now died in the UK. Many of whom were on the frontline, or who were among those people who are more vulnerable in society. This situation, some would argue, occurred because of political complacency, a lack of preparedness, poor government decision-making, and delayed action.

In due course, we must hope, the vaccine(s) will prevent more suffering and deaths due to Covid-19. Let’s also not forget that only 472,446 people have currently completed the full, recommended, course of two vaccinations against Covid-19.  

No time for complacency!

Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the grim and sad fact that 1,631 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 16,959 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 surely is significant. As for the past 23 days (consecutively) this 14-day total number has risen! When this data begins to decrease consistently we may then be at a turning point.

525,700 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 37,561 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 24 January), and 4,032 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 25 January) – these continue to be worryingly high.  

The Full Data

The 14-day UK data chart is provided below.

14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 26-January-2021

UK COVID-19 data 🦠 reported on 26 January 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 20,089 (↘️ -2,106) positive tests in the last 24 hours
  • 1,631 (↗️ +1,039) deaths in the last 24 hours
  • 3,341 (↘️ -206) hospital admissions (latest date reported 22 Jan)
  • 37,561 (↘️ -338) hospital in-patients (latest date reported 24 Jan)
  • 4,032 (↘️ -44) patients on ventilation beds (latest date reported 25 Jan)
  • 3,689,658 (↗️ +20,089) total positive cases (since the first case was reported on 31 Jan)

People vaccinated: (up to and including 25 January 2021)

  • 💉 6,853,327 (↗️ +279,757) first dose vaccines
  • 💉 472,446 (↗️ +1,968) second dose vaccines (fully vaccinated)

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 22 January 2021)

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

Last 29 days:

  • 1,306,887 new cases 🦠
  • 28,595 further deaths

Days since:

  • 362 days since the first reported case
  • 326 days since the first reported death

The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes: 103,602 – Registered up to Friday 15 January 2021.  

The data continues to reach dreadful levels, and we must never forget the data represent real people suffering, real people dying  

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 26 January 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]