As a further 1,239 lives were sadly lost to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours (8,546 in the past 7 days), 476,298 people have now fortunately completed their course of two doses of vaccine which will help protect them from the virus, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in January 2021.


Fistly, letโ€™s continue to celebrate the roll-out of the vaccines against Covid-19; in particular, 476,298 people who have now completed the full, recommended, course of two vaccinations against Covid-19. ย 

Todayโ€™s Data in Focus

Todayโ€™s data indicates the grim and sad fact that 1,239 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 17,111 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days. ย 

The โ€˜14-day deathsโ€™ data is without doubt of some significance. However, today โ€“ for the first time in 25 days (consecutively) โ€“ the 14-day total number has dropped, albeit very, very slightly! Could this be the milestone we have been waiting for? Only time will tell. ย 

483,481 new cases have been reported in the last 14 days.

Note: The data for deaths attributed to COVID-19 โ€“ each following a reported positive test result for COVID-19 within 28 days of their death.

Latest health care data indicate that 36,931 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 26 January), and 3,937 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 27 January) โ€“ still worryingly high. ย 

The Full Data

The 14-day UK data chart is provided below.

14-Day UK COVID-19 Data โ€“ Trend Lines 28-January-2021

UK COVID-19 data ๐Ÿฆ  reported on 28 January 2021:

(previous dayโ€™s figures and change in brackets)

  • 28,680 (โ†—๏ธ +3,372) positive tests in the last 24 hours
  • 1,239 (โ†˜๏ธ -486) deaths in the last 24 hours
  • 3,088 (โ†—๏ธ +6) hospital admissions (latest date reported 24 Jan)
  • 36,931 (โ†˜๏ธ -674) hospital in-patients (latest date reported 26 Jan)
  • 3,937 (โ†˜๏ธ -24) patients on ventilation beds (latest date reported 27 Jan)
  • 3,743,734 (โ†—๏ธ +28,680) total positive cases (since the first case was reported on 31 Jan)

People vaccinated: (up to and including 26 January 2021)

  • ๐Ÿ’‰ 7,447,199 (โ†—๏ธ +282,812) first dose vaccines
  • ๐Ÿ’‰ 476,298 (โ†—๏ธ +2,142) second dose vaccines (fully vaccinated)

Estimated ยฎ๏ธ number: (as of 22 January 2021)

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

Last 28 days:

  • 1,254,960 new cases ๐Ÿฆ 
  • 29,614 further deaths

Days since:

  • 364 days since the first reported case
  • 328 days since the first reported death

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


These data, and trends, are shared to focus some light on the situation. We must never forget the data represent real people suffering, real people dying.ย  ย 


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Dr Joe Pajak, Professional experience applied scientific research and development, then director of a national childrenโ€™s charity, trustee of a disability charity, and governor of NHS foundation trust hospitals.