373 lives lost to Covid-19 in the UK in 24 hours and 873,336 people infected in the past 28 days, which with continuing concerns about more variant infections doesn’t appear to support those views about relaxation of lockdown restrictions, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in February 2021.

Today, 511,447 people (0.97% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 12,014,288 people (22.81% of UK adults) in total have now had one vaccination.

Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the grim and sad fact that 373 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 14,526 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.  

In addition, 31,034 people have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. This important data measure has fallen for the fourth day running, a sign that the number of deaths may actually be trending downwards.

Transmission of the virus remains at a high level with 15,845 new cases reported in the last 24 hours (higher still than at any time during the first wave) and 298,218 new cases reported in the last 14 days.

Further decrease in infections will continue to depend on a number of factors: the effectiveness of the test, track and trace programme, the rigour, and speed of implementation of government restrictions, people’s attitudes, and behaviours in response to the rules, the transmissibility and the 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 29,326 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (last reported on 4 February), and 3,505 patients are requiring intensive care support (last reported on 5 February).

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 not 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 07-February-2021

UK COVID-19 data 🦠 reported on 7 February 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 15,845 positive tests (↘️ -2,417) in the last 24 hours
  • 373 deaths (↘️ -455) in the last 24 hours
  • 3,945,680 total positive cases (↗️ +15,845) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 112,465 total deaths (↗️ +373) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 7 February 2021)
  • 2,332 hospital admissions (↘️ -128)– last reported 3 February
  • 29,326 hospital in-patientslast reported 4 February
  • 3,505 patients on ventilation beds last reported 5 February

People vaccinated: (up to and including 6 February 2021)

  • 💉12,014,288 first dose vaccines (↗️ +549,078), i.e. 22.81% of the adult population
  • 💉511,447 second dose vaccines – fully vaccinated (↗️ +1,390), i.e. 0.97% 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%

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 873,336 new cases 🦠
  • 31,034 new deaths

Days since:

  • 374 days since the first reported UK case
  • 338 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  

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 7 February 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]