Another 738 deaths in the last 24 hours – a sad reminder of how extremely fragile the situation is; while 25,643 people have now sadly lost their lives because of the coronavirus in just 28 days – an average of 916 deaths every day, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in February 2021.


As of today, 558,577 people (1.06% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 15,940,972 people (30.26% of UK adults) in total have had one vaccination.  

Positive news indeed, which wouldn’t have happened without the energy and commitment of an ‘army’ of NHS staff and volunteers.

Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the grim and sad fact that 738 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 9,598 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.  

In addition, 25,643 people have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. This important data measure has fallen for the fourteenth day running, the number of deaths are still trending downwards.

However, the risk of an upsurge in infections remains very real; with more data, and evidence, about the potential impact of new more transmissible Covid-19 variants, and the possibility that a plateau may be being reached.

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Back to today’s data.

Transmission of the virus clearly remains at a high level with 12,718 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 199,362 new cases reported in the last 14 days.

It is worth reflecting here on the average daily numbers of infections (20,194) and the average daily number of deaths (916) as reported in the last 28 days.

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 20,944 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 15 February), and 2,708 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 16 February) – still at very high levels.  

The Full Data

The 7-day UK data chart is provided below.

7-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 17-February-2021

UK COVID-19 data 🦠 reported on 17 February 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 12,718 positive tests (↗️ +2,093) in the last 24 hours
  • 738 deaths (↘️ -61) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,071,185 total positive cases (↗️ +12,718) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 118,933 total deaths (↗️ +738) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 17 February 2021)
  • 1,415 hospital admissions (↘️ -72) – last reported 13 February
  • 20,944 hospital in-patients (↘️ -57) last reported 15 February
  • 2,708 patients on ventilation beds (↘️ -97) – last reported 16 February

People vaccinated: (up to and including 16 February 2021)

  • 💉15,940,972 first dose vaccines (↗️ +364,865), i.e. 30.26% of UK adults
  • 💉558,577 second dose vaccines – fully vaccinated (↗️ +12,412), i.e. 1.06% of UK adults

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 12 February 2021)

  • 0.7 to 0.9 with a daily infection growth rate range of -5% to -2%

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 565,434 new cases 🦠
  • 25,643 new deaths

Days since:

  • 384 days since the first reported UK case
  • 348 days since the first reported UK death

The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes: 129,498 – Registered up to Friday 5 February 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 17 February 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]