Another 454 deaths in the last 24 hours – a further reminder of just how fragile the situation is; while 24,807 people have now sadly lost their lives because of the coronavirus in just 28 days – an average of 886 deaths every day, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in February 2021.


As of today, 573,724 people (1.09% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 16,423,082 people (31.18% of UK adults) in total have had one vaccination.  

Very positive news which wouldn’t have happened without the energy and dedication an ‘army’ of NHS staff and volunteers.

Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the grim and sad fact that 454 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 9,137 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.  

In addition, 24,807 people have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. This important data measure has fallen for the fifteenth day running, the number of deaths are still trending downwards.

The risk of an upsurge in infections, however, remains very real; in particular the concerns about the potential impact of new more transmissible Covid-19 variants.

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Transmission of the virus clearly remains at a high level with 12,057 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 190,785 new cases reported in the last 14 days.

It is worth reflecting here on the average daily numbers of infections (19,271) and the average daily number of deaths (886) 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 20,156 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 16 February), and 2,614 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 17 February) – still at very high levels.  

The Full Data

The 14-day UK data chart is provided below.

UK COVID-19 data 🦠 reported on 18 February 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 12,057 positive tests (↘️ -661) in the last 24 hours
  • 454 deaths (↘️ -284) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,083,242 total positive cases (↗️ +12,057) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 119,387 total deaths (↗️ +454) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 18 February 2021)
  • 1,531 hospital admissions (↗️ +116) – last reported 14 February
  • 20,156 hospital in-patients (↘️ -788) last reported 16 February
  • 2,614 patients on ventilation beds (↘️ -94) – last reported 17 February

People vaccinated: (up to and including 17 February 2021)

  • 💉 16,423,082 first dose vaccines (↗️ +482,110), i.e. 31.18% of UK adults
  • 💉 573,724 second dose vaccines – fully vaccinated (↗️ +15,147), i.e. 1.09% 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:

  • 539,599 new cases 🦠
  • 24,507 new deaths

Days since:

  • 385 days since the first reported UK case
  • 349 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 18 February 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]