Another 215 lives sadly lost to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours; while 22,641 people have now lost their lives because of the coronavirus in just 28 days – an average of 809 deaths on each of those days, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in February 2021.


As of today, 615,148 people (1.17% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 17,582,121 people (33.38% of UK adults) in total have had one vaccination.  

This is such positive news – and we all owe so much to the energy and dedication of our wonderful NHS staff and an army of volunteers, and of course, to the scientists and others involved in development, testing and manufacture of the vaccines.

Today’s Data in Focus

Today’s data indicates the grim and sad fact that 215 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. While this is the lowest number since 21 December 2020, this means that 8,115 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.  

In addition, 22,641 people have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. This important data measure has fallen for the eighteenth day running, the number of deaths are still trending downwards.

The PM, and government, surely mustn't throw away these hard won decreases in new cases, hospitalisations, and deaths, by relaxing the lockdown too far, too soon? The risk of an upsurge in infections remains - in particular the very real 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 9,834 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 169,831 new cases reported in the last 14 days.

It is worth reflecting here on the average daily numbers of infections (16,716) and the average daily number of deaths (809) as reported in the last 28 days.

Latest health care data indicate that 18,462 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 18 February), and 2,469 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 19 February) – still at very high levels.  

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.

The Full Data

UK COVID-19 data 🦠 reported on 21 February 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 9,834 positive tests (↘️ -572) in the last 24 hours – usual weekend lag
  • 215 deaths (↘️ -230) in the last 24 hours – usual weekend lag
  • 4,115,509 total positive cases (↗️ +9,834) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 120,580 total deaths (↗️ +215) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 21 February 2021)
  • 1,397 hospital admissions (↘️ -95) – last reported 17 February
  • 18,462 hospital in-patients last reported 18 February
  • 2,469 patients on ventilation beds – last reported 19 February
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 21-February-2021

People vaccinated: (up to and including 20 February 2021)

  • 17,582,121 first dose 💉 vaccines (↗️ +334,679), i.e. 33.38% of UK adults
  • 615,148 second dose 💉 vaccines – fully vaccinated (↗️ +10,263), i.e. 1.17% of UK adults
People in the UK vaccinated: (up to and including 20 February 2021)

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 19 February 2021)

  • 0.6 to 0.9 with a daily infection growth rate range of -6% to -3%

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 468,049 new cases 🦠
  • 22,641 new deaths

Days since:

  • 388 days since the first reported UK case
  • 352 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 21 February 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]