64 deaths due to Covid-19 and 5,089 new infections reported in the UK in the last 24 hours. A total of 40,295 new cases reported in the UK in the last 7 days. We must stay aware of the potential risk of a further surge in infections, Dr Joe Pajak writes.
First published in March 2021.
As of today, 1,610,280 people (3.06% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 24,453,221 people (46.42% of UK adults) in total have received one dose.
Today’s data indicate the sad fact that 64 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours in the UK due to Covid-19. This means that 2,455 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.
In addition, 8,013 have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. Transmission of the virus remains at a high level with 5,089 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 81,520 new cases reported in the UK in the last 14 days.
As the government’s roadmap out of lockdown enters its second week, we need to be aware of the potential risk of a further surge in infections, not least one caused by the presence of new variants of concern.
It is worth noting the average numbers in relation to the last 28 days Covid-19 data: average daily numbers of infections (7,703) and the average daily number of deaths (286).
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 15 March 2021:
(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)
- 5,089 positive tests (↗️ +471) in the last 24 hours
- 531 hospital admissions (↘️ -32) last reported 11 March
- 8,029 hospital in-patients – last reported 11 March
- 1,110 patients on ventilation beds – last reported 12 March
- 64 deaths (↗️ +12) in the last 24 hours
- 4,263,527 total positive cases (↗️ +5,089) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
- 125,580 total deaths (↗️ +64) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 15 March 2021).
People vaccinated: (up to and including 14 March 2021)
- 24,453,221 first doses 💉 (↗️ +257,010), i.e. 46.42% of UK adults
- 1,610,280 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +25,371), i.e. 3.06% of UK adults
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:
- 215,687 new cases 🦠
- 8,013 new deaths
- 410 days since the first reported UK case
- 374 days since the first reported UK death
The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes: 152,571 – 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.
- 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 15 March 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]