Covid-19 has claimed another 1,014 lives in the UK in 24 hours and has infected another 954,106 people in 28 days. It is not time to lose any control we are gaining – the opposite in fact, if we are to successfully suppress transmission of the virus, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in February 2021.


505,993 people have now completed the full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 10,971,047 people in total have had one vaccination.

Fistly, let’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.  

Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the grim and sad fact that 1,014 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 15,283 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.  

In addition, 31,431 people have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. This important data measure has fallen for the second day running which could be a sign that the number of deaths are beginning to trend downwards.

The overall situation, however, remains precariously balanced – with 19,114 new cases in the last 24 hours and 327,664 new cases reported in the last 14 days.

The fall in these data continues. However, any further decrease will depend upon a number of factors. These include, the rigour, and speed of implementation of government restrictions, people’s attitudes, and behaviours in response to the rules, the transmissibility and impact of Covid-19 variants, and the rollout and efficacy of the vaccines.

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 30,508 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 3 February), and 3,572 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 4 February) – still worryingly high.  

These data continue to be at worryingly high levels, and are having a severe impact on the health and wellbeing of our healthcare staff. This aspect must never be overlooked, and it is clearer than ever that our NHS and care services will be now changed forever as the result of this pandemic.

The Full Data

The 14-day UK data chart is provided below.

14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 05-February-2021

UK COVID-19 data 🦠 reported on 5 February 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 19,114 positive tests (↘️ -1,520) in the last 24 hours
  • 1,014 deaths (↗️ +99) in the last 24 hours
  • 3,911,573 total positive cases (↗️ 19,114) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 111,264 total deaths (↗️ +1,014) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 4 February 2021)
  • 2,578 hospital admissions (↗️ +203) – last reported 1 February
  • 30,508 hospital in-patients (↘️ -1,162)last reported 3 February
  • 3,572 patients on ventilation beds (↘️ -53) – last reported 4 February

People vaccinated: (up to and including 4 February 2021)

  • 💉10,971,047 first dose vaccines (↗️ +480,560), i.e. 20.83% of the adult population
  • 💉 505,993 second dose vaccines – fully vaccinated (↗️ +4,036), i.e. 0.96% of the adult population

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 5 February 2021)

  • 0.7 to 1.0 with a daily infection growth rate range of -5% to 0%

Last 28 days:

  • 954,106 new cases 🦠
  • 31,431 new deaths

Days since:

  • 372 days since the first reported UK case
  • 336 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 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 5 February 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]