A further 442 lives lost to Covid-19 in 24 hours, while 19,861 people have now lost their lives because of the coronavirus in just 28 days – still an average of 709 deaths on each of those days, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in February 2021.


As of today, 669,105 people (1.27% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 18,242,873 people (34.63% of UK adults) in total have had one vaccination.  

This vitally important achievement is a credit to the dedication and commitment of our wonderful NHS staff and thousands of volunteers, and of course, to the scientists and others involved in development, testing and manufacture of the vaccines.

Today’s data indicates the grim and sad fact that 442 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 6,897 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.

In addition, 19,861 people have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. This important data measure has fallen every day for the last 21 days.

Transmission of the virus remains at an unacceptably high level with 9,938 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 159,418 new cases reported in the UK in the last 14 days; particularly, given the risk presented by new more transmissible and harmful Covid-19 variants.

It is worth reflecting here on the average daily numbers of infections (15,340) and the average daily number of deaths (709) as reported in the last 28 days.

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Latest health care data indicate that 16,803 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 22 February), and 2,273 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 22 February) – still at very high levels.

In fact, looking at today’s chart it is clearly important that the government’s roadmap out of lockdown is sensibly cautious. In particular, from the first stage on 8 March, we have to hope that the full return to schools doesn’t trigger a reversal of all the recent good work.

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 24 February 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 9,938 positive tests (↗️ +1,449) in the last 24 hours
  • 442 deaths (↘️ -106) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,144,577 total positive cases (↗️ +9,938) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 121,747 total deaths (↗️ +442) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 24 February 2021)
  • 1,327 hospital admissions – last reported 18 February
  • 16,803 hospital in-patients  (↗️ +6) last reported 22 February
  • 2,273 patients on ventilation beds – last reported 22 February
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 24-February-2021

People vaccinated: (up to and including 23 February 2021)

  • 18,242,873 first dose 💉 vaccines (↗️ +326,692), i.e. 34.63% of UK adults
  • 669,105 second dose 💉 vaccines – fully vaccinated (↗️ +26,317), i.e. 1.27% of UK adults
People in the UK vaccinated: (up to and including 23 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:

  • 429,525 new cases 🦠
  • 19,861 new deaths

Days since:

  • 391 days since the first reported UK case
  • 355 days since the first reported UK death

The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes: 135,613 – Registered up to Friday 12 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 24 February 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]