A further 333 lives were lost to Covid-19 in the UK in the last 24 hours. 841,271 people were infected in the past 28 days. Transmission of the virus remains at a high level which appears to support those views about not relaxing of lockdown restrictions any day soon, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in February 2021.

Today, 512,581 people (0.97% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 12,294,006 people (23.34% of UK adults) in total have now had one vaccination.

Fistly, let’s continue to celebrate the roll-out of the vaccines against Covid-19; in particular, 512,581 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 333 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 14,267 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.  

In addition, 30,838 people have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. This important data measure has fallen for the fifth day running, a sign that the number of deaths may actually be trending downwards.

Transmission of the virus remains at a high level with 14,104 new cases reported in the last 24 hours (higher still than at any time during the first wave) and 290,127 new cases reported in the last 14 days.

Further decrease in infections clearly depends 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.

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Latest health care data indicate that 29,326 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 4 February), and 3,505 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 5 February) – still worryingly high.  

These data remain at worryingly high levels, and the consequences are having a severe impact on the health and wellbeing of our healthcare staff. This 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 08-February-2021

UK COVID-19 data 🦠 reported on 8 February 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 14,104 positive tests (↘️ -1,741) in the last 24 hours
  • 333 deaths (↘️ -40) in the last 24 hours
  • 3,959,784 total positive cases (↗️ +14,104) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 112,798 total deaths (↗️ +333) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 8 February 2021)
  • 2,107 hospital admissions (↘️ -225)– last reported 4 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 7 February 2021)

  • 💉12,294,006 first dose vaccines (↗️ +279,718), i.e. 23.34% of the adult population
  • 💉512,581 second dose vaccines – fully vaccinated (↗️ +1,134), 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:

  • 841,271 new cases 🦠
  • 30,838 new deaths

Days since:

  • 375 days since the first reported UK case
  • 339 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 8 February 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]