Very sadly, the number of Covid-19 deaths reported in the UK in the past 24 hours was 1,449 – yet another dreadful reminder that we are still in the midst of this devastating pandemic, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in February 2021.

The roll-out of the vaccines against coronavirus should continue to be celebrated, especially the fact that 496,796 people have now completed the full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19. A wonderful achievement by scientists, staff, and volunteers!  

Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the grim and sad fact that 1,449 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 16,543 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.

In addition, 31,708 people have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. It is important to keep a close check on this data measure – which has risen again today to its highest level at any time in the past year.  

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.

The overall situation remains finely balanced – with 16,840 new cases in the last 24 hours and 385,775 new cases reported in the last 14 days. The steady fall in these data continues, but it is dependent on rigour and speed of government restrictions; and on people’s attitudes and behaviours in response to the rules.  

We must remember that the majority of infections occur as a result of infected people expelling large droplets and small particles (aerosols) when they cough, talk or breathe. This is why the measures directed are so vitally important to reduce the possibility of transmission.  

It's highly likely, following the discovery of cases of the South Africa variant in Britain, that this variant probably reached the UK because of our weak restrictions and people’s behaviours. This variant carries a mutation, called N501Y, that appears to make it more contagious and easy to spread.

Latest health care data indicate that 32,466 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 31 January), and 3,726 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 1 February). The extreme pressure will continue for our healthcare staff, who continue to rise to professionally to the difficult challenges they are managing, every minute, of every day.  

The Full Data

The 14-day UK data chart is provided below.

14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 02-February-2021

UK COVID-19 data 🦠 reported on 2 February 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 16,840 (↘️ -1,767) positive tests in the last 24 hours
  • 1,449 (↗️ +1,043) deaths in the last 24 hours
  • 3,852,623 (↗️ +16,840) total positive cases (since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020)
  • 108,013 (↗️ +1,449) total deaths within 28 days of first positive test result for COVID-19 reported up to Tuesday 02 February 2021
  • 2,642 (↘️ -339) hospital admissions (last reported 29 January)
  • 32,466 (↘️ -2,317) hospital in-patients (last reported 31 January)
  • 3,726 (↘️ -106) patients on ventilation beds (last reported 1 February)

People vaccinated: (up to and including 1 February 2021)

  • 💉 9,646,715 (↗️ +350,348) first dose vaccines
  • 💉 494,209 (↗️ +2,587) 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:

  • 1,078,149 new cases 🦠
  • 31,708 new deaths

Days since:

  • 369 days since the first reported UK case
  • 333 days since the first reported UK death

The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes: 112,660 – Registered up to Friday 22 January 2021.  

These data, and trends, are provided to focus some light on the situation and our journey through the pandemic. 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 2 February 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]