345 lives lost to Covid-19 in 24h, while 18,045 people have now lost their lives because of the coronavirus in just 28 days – that is an average of 644 deaths on each of those days. The battle is still far from won, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in February 2021.


As of today, 736,037 people (1.40% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 19,177,555 people (36.41% of UK adults) in total have had one vaccination.

Fantastic achievement! A real credit to the dedication and commitment of our NHS staff and thousands of volunteers, and of course, to the scientists and others involved in the development, testing and manufacture of the vaccines.

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Today’s data indicate the grim and sad fact that 345 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 6,129 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.

In addition, 18,045 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 23 days.

Transmission of the virus remains at a high level with 8,523 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 149,288 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 (13,938) and the average daily number of deaths (644) as reported in the last 28 days.

Latest health care data indicate that 15,485 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 24 February), and 2,047 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 25 February) – still at very high levels.

Today’s chart emphasises 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. Especially given today’s weekly publication by the ONS, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey,

“The percentage testing positive in England has decreased in all age groups except School Year 7 to School Year 11 and School Year 12 to age 24, where the trend is uncertain.”

Given the stark warning by Professor Jonathan Van-Tam in today’s coronavirus briefing – in essence, “We are not there yet, we mustn’t wreck it now” – the battle is not over yet, and in some areas, and age groups, infection levels are still uncertain, if not rising.

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.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam. | Flickr-Number 10
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam speaking during today’s press conference in Downing Street.

The Full Data

UK COVID-19 data 🦠 reported on 26 February 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 8,523 positive tests (↘️ -1,462) in the last 24 hours
  • 345 deaths (↗️ +22) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,163,085 total positive cases (↗️ +8,523) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 122,415 total deaths (↗️ +345) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 26 February 2021)
  • 1,117 hospital admissions (↘️ -25) – last reported 22 February
  • 15,485 hospital in-patients (↘️ -574) last reported 24 February
  • 2,047 patients on ventilation beds (↘️ -71) – last reported 25 February
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 26-February-2021

People vaccinated: (up to and including 25 February 2021)

  • 19,177,555 first doses 💉 (↗️ +485,720), i.e. 36.41% of UK adults
  • 736,037 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +35,319), i.e. 1.40% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 25 February 2021)

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 26 February 2021)

  • 0.6 to 0.9 with a daily infection growth rate range of -6% to -2%

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 397,274 new cases 🦠
  • 18,045 new deaths

Days since:

  • 393 days since the first reported UK case
  • 357 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 26 February 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]