A further 290 lives lost to Covid-19 in 24h, while 17,135 people have now lost their lives because of the coronavirus in just 28 days – that is an average of 612 deaths on each of those days, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in February 2021.


As of today, 768,810 people (1.46% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 19,682,048 people (37.37% of UK adults) in total have had one vaccination.

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 290 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 5,798 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.

In addition, 17,135 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 24 days. However, transmission of the virus remains at a high level with 7,434 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 143,414 new cases reported in the UK in the last 14 days. In addition, there is still the risk of an upsurge due to the presence of more transmissible and harmful Covid-19 variants.

It is worth reflecting here on the average daily numbers of infections (13,373) and the average daily number of deaths (612) as reported in the last 28 days.

Latest health care data indicate that 14,808 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 25 February), and 1,971 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 26 February) – still 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 2021.

Back on 21 September 2020, SAGE advised a 14-day circuit breaker, when at that time the number of ‘28-day’ cases were 72,013 and ‘28-day’ deaths were 355. That was an average of around 2,570 new reported cases on each of those 28 days, and an average of around 13 deaths on each of those 28 days.

Note today’s ‘28-day’ equivalents, which are: average daily numbers of new reported cases 13,373 and the average daily number of deaths 612. Both significantly higher than when SAGE advised a 14-day circuit break. Of course we have the vaccines now, but do we yet have definitive data on their positive impact, and are enough of our key workers vaccinated?

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 27 February 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 7,434 positive tests (↘️ -1,089) in the last 24 hours
  • 290 deaths (↘️ -55) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,170,519 total positive cases (↗️ +7,434) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 122,705 total deaths (↗️ +290) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 27 February 2021)
  • 1,111 hospital admissions (↘️ -6) – last reported 23 February
  • 14,808 hospital in-patients (↘️ -677) last reported 25 February
  • 1,971 patients on ventilation beds (↘️ -76) – last reported 26 February
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 27-February-2021

People vaccinated: (up to and including 26 February 2021)

  • 19,682,048 first doses 💉 (↗️ +504,493), i.e. 37.37% of UK adults
  • 768,810 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +32,773), i.e. 1.46% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 26 February 2021)

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 26 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:

  • 374,433 new cases 🦠
  • 17,135 new deaths

Days since:

  • 394 days since the first reported UK case
  • 358 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 27 February 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]