Another sad day in ‘Covid’ Britain, another set of difficult data, particularly the fact that at least 31,090 people have lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in January 2021.


That said, the roll-out of the vaccines against Covid-19 should continue to be celebrated, especially the fact that 491,053 people have now completed the full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19.  

Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the dreadful fact that 587 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 16,897 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.  

Another dreadful statistic – but maybe also a slim glimmer of hope – is that we are gaining some control through the lockdown and other behaviours. It is so finely balanced as 31,090 people have died in the last 28 days – this 28-day data has risen each day since 29 December 2020.

421,218 new cases have been reported in the last 14 days – the steady fall in these data continues, but it is so dependent on restrictions and people’s behaviours.

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 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). No update on the two sets today, however, the extreme 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 31-January-2021

UK COVID-19 data 🦠 reported on 31 January 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 21,088 (↘️ -2,187) positive tests in the last 24 hours
  • 587 (↘️ -613) deaths in the last 24 hours
  • 106,158 (↗️ +587) total deaths within 28 days of first positive test result for COVID-19 reported up to Sunday 31 January 2021
  • 3,039 (↘️ -78) hospital admissions (latest date reported 27 Jan)
  • 34,783 hospital in-patients (no update, latest date reported 28 Jan)
  • 3,832 patients on ventilation beds (no update, latest date reported 29 Jan)
  • 3,817,176 (↗️ +21,088) total positive cases (since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020)

People vaccinated: (up to and including 30 January 2021)

  • 💉 8,977,329 (↗️ +598,389) first dose vaccines
  • 💉 491,053 (↗️ +10,621) 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%

Last 28 days:

  • 1,162,402 new cases 🦠
  • 31,090  further deaths

Days since:

  • 367 days since the first reported UK case
  • 331 days since the first reported UK 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 situation. We must never forget the data represent real people suffering, real people dying  


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