144 people have lost their lives because of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, while 16,692 people have now lost their lives because of the coronavirus in just 28 days – that is an average of 596 deaths on each of those days, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in February 2021.

As of today, 796,132 people (1.51% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 20,089,551 people (38.14% of UK adults) in total have had one vaccination.  

A remarkable achievement, and a credit to the commitment of our NHS staff and many thousands of volunteers, and of course, to the scientists and all involved in the development, testing and manufacture of the vaccines.

Today’s data indicate the grim and sad fact that 144 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 5,684 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.

In addition, 16,692 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 25 days. That said, transmission of the virus remains at a high level with 6,035 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 138,477 new cases reported in the UK in the last 14 days.

There remains the risk of an upsurge due to the presence of more transmissible and harmful Covid-19 variants.

This risk is very real, as Public Health England has just announced that up to 6 cases of the Covid-19 variant first identified in Manaus, Brazil, have been identified in the UK.

It is also worth reflecting here on the average daily numbers of infections (12,835) and the average daily number of deaths (596) as reported in the last 28 days.

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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 a significant additional pressure on our NHS.  

Still a third more patients in critical care than last winter
The number of critical care patients in England is still significantly more than was seen last year, despite occupancy coming down across the country, HSJ analysis shows.

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 28 February 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 6,035 positive tests (↘️ -1,399) in the last 24 hours
  • 144 deaths (↘️ -146) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,176,554 total positive cases (↗️ +6,035) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 122,849 total deaths (↗️ +144) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 28 February 2021)
  • 1,112 hospital admissions – last reported 23 February
  • 14,808 hospital in-patients last reported 25 February
  • 1,971 patients on ventilation beds – last reported 26 February
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 28-February-2021

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

  • 20,089,551 first doses 💉 (↗️ +407,503), i.e. 38.14% of UK adults
  • 796,132 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +27,322), i.e. 1.51% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 27 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:

  • 359,380 new cases 🦠
  • 16,692 new deaths

Days since:

  • 395 days since the first reported UK case
  • 359 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.