Difficult to read the shocking data and to reflect on the past horrific year. A year on... 3,796,088 reported cases... 105,571 deaths... They were someone’s Grandpa or Grandma, Father, Mother, daughter, son, friend, neighbour, colleague... Now is the time to lock this virus and its variants out – not a time to relax any control we are gaining, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in January 2021.


The roll-out of the vaccines against Covid-19 should continue to be celebrated, especially the fact that 480,432 people have now completed the full, recommended, course of two vaccinations against Covid-19.  

Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the grim and sad fact that 1,200 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 16,981 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.  

This is a dreadful statistic – but maybe also a slim glimmer of hope, that we are gaining some control through the lockdown and other behaviours. It all remains very finely balanced as 30,958 have died in the last 28 days – this 28-day data has risen each day since 29 December 2020.

483,728 new cases have been reported in the last 14 days – a steady fall – but such a long way to go still.

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 remain very worrying; these indicate that 34,783 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 28 January), and 3,832 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 29 January) – the pressure continues for our healthcare services.  

The Full Data

The 14-day UK data chart is provided below.

14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 30-January-2021

UK COVID-19 data 🦠 reported on 30 January 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 23,275 (↘️ -5,804) positive tests in the last 24 hours
  • 1,200 (↘️ -45) deaths in the last 24 hours
  • 3,117 (↗️ +214) hospital admissions (latest date reported 26 Jan)
  • 34,783 (↘️ -592) hospital in-patients (latest date reported 28 Jan)
  • 3,832 (↘️ -86) patients on ventilation beds (latest date reported 29 Jan)
  • 3,796,088 (↗️ +23,275) total positive cases (since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020)

People vaccinated: (up to and including 29 January 2021)

  • 💉 8,378,940 (↗️ +487,756) first dose vaccines
  • 💉 480,432 (↗️ +2,178) second dose vaccines (fully vaccinated)

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 29 January 2021)

  • 0.7 to 1.1 with a daily infection growth rate range of -5% to 0%
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Last 28 days:

  • 1,196,304 new cases 🦠
  • 30,958  further deaths

Days since:

  • 366 days since the first reported case
  • 330 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.  


These data, and trends, are shared to focus some light on the evolving situation. A year on, we must never forget the data represent real people suffering, real people dying in what has been a dreadful year of suffering and deaths.    


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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.





[This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 30 January 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]