82 deaths due to Covid-19 were reported in the last 24 hours, and very sadly a total of 11,865 people have now lost their lives in the past 28 days – on average that is 424 deaths each of those days, Dr Joe Pajak writes.
First published in March 2021.
We apologise for the late publishing of today’s UK data due to a technical issue on the official government’s dashboard.
As of today, 1,122,402 people (2.13% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 22,213,112 people (42.17% of UK adults) in total have had one vaccination.
Such an incalculable debt is owed 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 82 people have died in the last 24 hours in the UK. This means that 3,750 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.
In addition, 11,865 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 32 days. Transmission of the virus remains at a high level with 5,177 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 103,013 new cases reported in the UK in the last 14 days.
Key data are 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 (9,744) and the average daily number of deaths (424)
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 7 March 2021:
(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)
- 5,177 positive tests (↘️ -863) in the last 24 hours
- 707 hospital admissions (↘️ -119) – last reported 3 March
- 10,898 hospital in-patients – last reported 4 March
- 1,542 patients on ventilation beds – last reported 5 March
- 82 deaths (↘️ -76) in the last 24 hours - lowest number since 19 October 2020
- 4,218,520 total positive cases (↗️ +5,177) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
- 124,501 total deaths (↗️ +82) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 7 March 2021)
People vaccinated: (up to and including 6 March 2021)
- 22,213,112 first doses 💉 (↗️ +416,834), i.e. 42.17% of UK adults
- 1,122,402 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +31,562), i.e. 2.13% of UK adults
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:
- 272,844 new cases 🦠
- 11,865 new deaths
- 402 days since the first reported UK case
- 366 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.
- Daily summary: Coronavirus in the UK | UK Government
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) NHS Advice | PMP Magazine
- Variants: distribution of cases data | Public Health England
- Vaccination Data | UK Government
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 7 March 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]