A further 141 deaths due to Covid-19 and 5,758 new infections reported in the UK in the last 24 hours. A total of 39,655 new cases reported in the UK in the last 7 days, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in March 2021.


As of today, 1,759,445 people (3.34% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 25,273,226 people (47.98% of UK adults) in total have received one dose.

The vaccination programme has been a huge success and much is owed to staff in the NHS, together with volunteers, and those involved in the development, testing, and manufacture of our vaccines. The concerns raised today about future supply of the vaccine need addressing to allay people’s anxieties; while work must continue on providing reassurance about some safety concerns raised in other countries about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

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Today’s data indicate the sad fact that 141 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours in the UK due to Covid-19. This means that 2,048 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.

In addition, 6,727 have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. Transmission of the virus remains at a high level with 5,758 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 79,796 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 (7,264) and the average reported daily number of deaths (240).


Latest health care data indicate that 7,218 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 15 March), and 968 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 16 March) – a continuing pressure for 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 17 March 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 5,758 positive tests (↗️ +464) in the last 24 hours
  • 465 hospital admissions - last reported 12 March
  • 7,218 hospital in-patients (↘️ -63) last reported 15 March
  • 968 patients on ventilation beds (↘️ -48) last reported 16 March
  • 141 deaths (↗️ +31) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,274,579 total positive cases (↗️ +5,758) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 125,831 total deaths (↗️ +141) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 17 March 2021).


People vaccinated: (up to and including 16 March 2021)

  • 25,273,226 first doses 💉 (↗️ +433,320), i.e. 47.98% of UK adults
  • 1,759,445 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +95,799), i.e. 3.34% 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:

  • 203,396 new cases 🦠
  • 6,727 new deaths

Days since:

  • 412 days since the first reported UK case
  • 376 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  


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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 17 March 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]