365 days after the first reported UK death due to coronavirus, the total number of reported deaths with COVID-19 on the death certificate now exceeds 140,062, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in March 2021.

158 deaths due to Covid-19 were reported in the last 24 hours, and very sadly a total of 12,156 people have now lost their lives in the past 28 days – on average that is 434 deaths each of those days.

As of today, 1,090,840 people (2.07% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 21,796,278 people (41.38% of UK adults) in total have had one vaccination.

A really wonderful credit to: all our NHS staff, for all they have done throughout the pandemic, and to the many thousands of volunteers helping with the vaccinations programme, 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 158 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 3,883 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.

In addition, 12,156 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 31 days. Transmission of the virus remains at a high level with 6,040 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 107,670 new cases reported in the UK in the last 14 days.

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Key data appear to be decreasing, but the in-depth picture across the UK is more complex, and the risk of an upsurge, due to the presence of more transmissible and harmful Covid-19 variants, continues to be of serious concern.

It is important also to note the following average numbers in relation to the last 28 days data:  daily numbers of infections (10,125) and the average daily number of deaths (434)

Latest health care data indicate that 10,898 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 4 March), and 1,542 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 5 March) – still an 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 6 March 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 6,040 positive tests (↗️ +93) in the last 24 hours
  • 826 hospital admissions (↗️ +15) – last reported 2 March
  • 10,898 hospital in-patients (↘️ -594) last reported 4 March
  • 1,542 patients on ventilation beds (↘️ -48) – last reported 5 March
  • 158 deaths (↘️ -78) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,213,343 total positive cases (↗️ +6,040) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 124,419 total deaths (↗️ +158) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 6 March 2021)
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 06-March-2021

People vaccinated: (up to and including 5 March 2021)

  • 21,796,278 first doses 💉 (↗️ +437,463), i.e. 41.38% of UK adults
  • 1,090,840 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +56,772), i.e. 2.07% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 05 March 2021)

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 5 March 2021)

  • 0.7 to 0.9, with a daily infection growth rate range of -5% to -3%

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 283,512 new cases 🦠
  • 12,156 new deaths

Days since:

  • 401 days since the first reported UK case
  • 365 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 6 March 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]