A further 110 deaths due to Covid-19 and 5,294 new infections reported in the UK in the last 24 hours. A total of 39,823 new cases reported in the UK in the last 7 days. We must stay alert particularly given concerns about new variants, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in March 2021.

As of today, 1,663,646 people (3.16% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 24,839,906 people (47.16% of UK adults) in total have received one dose.

Today’s data indicate the sad fact that 110 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours in the UK due to Covid-19. This means that 2,222 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.

In addition, 7,324 have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. Transmission of the virus remains at a high level with 5,294 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 80,423 new cases reported in the UK in the last 14 days.

As the government’s roadmap out of lockdown continues through 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, and schools returning.

It is worth noting here the average numbers in relation to the last 28 days Covid-19 data: average reported daily numbers of infections (7,513) and the average reported daily number of deaths (262).

UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data for the last 28 days

Latest health care data indicate that 7,281 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 14 March), and 1,016 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 15 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 16 March 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 5,294 positive tests (↗️ +205) in the last 24 hours
  • 464 hospital admissions (↘️ -67) last reported 12 March
  • 7,281 hospital in-patients (↘️ -748) last reported 15 March
  • 1,016 patients on ventilation beds (↘️ -94) last reported 14 March
  • 110 deaths (↗️ +46) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,268,821 total positive cases (↗️ +5,294) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 125,690 total deaths (↗️ +110) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 16 March 2021).
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 16-March-2021

People vaccinated: (up to and including 15 March 2021)

  • 24,839,906 first doses 💉 (↗️ +386,685), i.e. 47.16% of UK adults
  • 1,663,646 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +53,366), i.e. 3.16% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 15 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:

  • 210,356 new cases 🦠
  • 7,324 new deaths

Days since:

  • 411 days since the first reported UK case
  • 375 days since the first reported UK death

The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes: 146,487 – Registered up to Friday 5 March 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 16 March 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]