343 people sadly lost their lives because of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, and a total of 15,284 people have now lost their lives because of the coronavirus in the past 28 days – on average that is 546 deaths each day, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in March 2021.

A very significant update was reported today on the UK government dashboard, namely that there have been 140,062 deaths of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday, 19 February 2021.”

Coronavirus Dashboard | Public Health England

As of today, 844,098 people (1.6% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 20,478,619 people (38.49% of UK adults) in total have had one vaccination.  

An amazing achievement, and a real credit to the dedication of our NHS staff, many thousands of volunteers, and of course, to all those involved in the development, testing and manufacture of the vaccines.

Today’s data indicate the grim and sad fact that 343 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 5,102 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.

In addition, 15,284 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 27 days. Transmission of the virus remains at a high level with 6,391 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 129,933 new cases reported in the UK in the last 14 days.

The risk of an upsurge, due to the presence of more transmissible and harmful Covid-19 variants, such as the recently identified 6 cases of the Brazil variant in the UK, continue to be of serious concern. More especially so, since one person who tested positive is still to be traced.

As the BBC reported today, “The Brazil coronavirus variant now found in UK appears more contagious and can evade immunity provided by past infection, scientists say.”

Important questions arise.

  1. What evidence actually exists about our vaccines’ effectiveness and efficacy against the Brazil variant, the South Africa variant, and the UK variant?
  2. When is the government going to publish daily data indicating the number of positive cases reported for each of these (and future) variants of concern?
  3. Has the government now securely bolted the UK’s front door shut, to keep out all variants causing serious concern abroad?
  4. Will the government be reviewing the roadmap if the situation deteriorates?
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It is also worth reflecting here on the average daily numbers of infections (11,992) and the average daily number of deaths (546) as reported in the last 28 days.

Latest health care data indicate that 12,748 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 28 February), and 1,806 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 1 March) – still a significant additional pressure on our NHS.

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 2 March 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 6,391 positive tests (↗️ +936) in the last 24 hours
  • 343 deaths (↗️ +239) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,188,400 total positive cases (↗️ +6,391) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 123,296 total deaths (↗️ +343) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 02 March 2021)
  • 1,110 hospital admissions – last reported 23 February
  • 12,748 hospital in-patients last reported 28 February
  • 1,806 patients on ventilation beds – last reported 1 March
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Trend Lines 02-March-2021

People vaccinated: (up to and including 1 March 2021)

  • 20,478,619 first doses 💉 (↗️ +203,168), i.e. 38.88% of UK adults
  • 844,098 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +28,282), i.e. 1.60% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 01 March 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:

  • 335,779 new cases 🦠
  • 15,284 new deaths

Days since:

  • 397 days since the first reported UK case
  • 361 days since the first reported UK death

The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes: 140,062 – Registered up to Friday 19 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 2 March 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]