323 lives lost to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, while 18,945 people have now lost their lives because of the coronavirus in just 28 days – still an average of 677 deaths on each of those days, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in February 2021.

As of today, 700,718 people (1.33% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 18,691,835 people (35.49% of UK adults) in total have had one vaccination.  

An amazing achievement! 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 323 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 6,542 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.

In addition, 18,945 people have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. This significant data measure has fallen every day for the last 22 days.

Transmission of the virus remains at a high level with 9,985 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 155,909 new cases reported in the UK in the last 14 days. There is still a risk presented by the presence of more transmissible and harmful Covid-19 variants.

It is worth reflecting here on the average daily numbers of infections (14,673) and the average daily number of deaths (677) as reported in the last 28 days.

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Latest health care data indicate that 16,059 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 23 February), and 2,118 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 24 February) – still at very high levels.

Today’s chart emphasise the importance of exiting from lockdown with great care. In particular, from the first stage on 8 March, we have to hope that the full return to schools doesn’t trigger an increase in virus transmission.

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 25 February 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 9,985 positive tests (↗️ +47) in the last 24 hours
  • 323 deaths (↘️ -119) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,154,562 total positive cases (↗️ +9,985) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 122,070 total deaths (↗️ +323) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 25 February 2021)
  • 1,142 hospital admissions  (↘️ -185) – last reported 21 February
  • 16,059 hospital in-patients (↘️ -744) last reported 23 February
  • 2,118 patients on ventilation beds (↘️ -155) – last reported 24 February
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 25-February-2021

People vaccinated: (up to and including 24 February 2021)

  • 18,691,835 first doses 💉 (↗️ +448,962), i.e. 35.49% of UK adults
  • 700,718 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +31,613), i.e. 1.33% of UK adults
People vaccinated (up to and including 24 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:

  • 410,830 new cases 🦠
  • 18,945 new deaths

Days since:

  • 392 days since the first reported UK case
  • 356 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  

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 25 February 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]