A further 52 deaths due to Covid-19 and 4,618 new infections in the last 24 hours. With 39,918 new cases reported in the UK in the last 7 days, and school communities fully reopening, the situation remains finely balanced, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in March 2021.

As of today, 1,584,909 people (3.01% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 24,196,211 people (45.94% of UK adults) in total have received one dose.

Today’s data indicate the sad fact that 52 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours in the UK due to Covid-19. This means that 2,495 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.

In addition, 8,179 have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. Transmission of the virus remains at a high level with 4,618 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 81,886 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, continues to be a genuine and serious concern.

So, as the government’s roadmap out of lockdown moves into its second week, we need to be aware of the potential risk of a further surge in infections, not one least caused by new variants of concern. A concern for us all must be the impact of re-opening all schools fully, particularly in England where they were all fully reopened on the 8 March 2021.

UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines for the previous 28 days

It is worth noting the average numbers in relation to the last 28 days Covid-19 data: average daily numbers of infections (7,870) and the average daily number of deaths (292).

Latest health care data indicate that 8,029 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 11 March), and 1,110 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 12 March) – 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 14 March 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 4,618 positive tests (↘️ -916) in the last 24 hours
  • 563 hospital admissions (↘️ -7) last reported 10 March
  • 8,029 hospital in-patients last reported 11 March
  • 1,110 patients on ventilation beds – last reported 12 March
  • 52 deaths (↘️ -69) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,258,438 total positive cases (↗️ +4,618) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 125,516 total deaths (↗️ +52) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 14 March 2021).
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 14-March-2021

People vaccinated: (up to and including 14 March 2021)

  • 24,196,211 first doses 💉 (↗️ +512,108), i.e. 45.94% of UK adults
  • 1,584,909 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +52,155), i.e. 3.01% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 13 March 2021)

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 12 March 2021)

  • 0.6 to 0.8 with a daily infection growth rate range of -7% to -4%

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 220,363 new cases 🦠
  • 8,179 new deaths

Days since:

  • 409 days since the first reported UK case
  • 373 days since the first reported UK death

The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes: 143,259 – Registered up to Friday 26 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 14 March 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]