95 new deaths due to Covid-19 in the UK and another 6,303 infections reported in the last 24 hours. A total of 39,205 new cases reported in the UK in the last 7 days, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in March 2021.

As of today, 1,879,054 people (3.57% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 25,735,472 people (48.86% of UK adults) in total have received one dose.

The UK vaccination programme has been a wonderful 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 announcements today, regarding the benefits outweighing the risks of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, are very reassuring.

Today’s data indicate the sad fact that 95 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours in the UK due to Covid-19. This means that 1,901 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.

In addition, 6,368 have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. Transmission of the virus remains at a high level with 6,303 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 79,526 new cases reported in the UK in the last 14 days.

It is worth noting here the average numbers in relation to the last 28 days Covid-19 data: average reported daily numbers of infections (7,059) and the average reported daily number of deaths (227).

UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines in the past month.

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 18 March 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 6,303 positive tests (↗️ +545) in the last 24 hours
  • 426 hospital admissions (↘️ -39) - last reported 14 March
  • 7,218 hospital in-patients - last reported 15 March
  • 968 patients on ventilation beds - last reported 16 March
  • 95 deaths (↘️ -46) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,280,882 total positive cases (↗️ +6,303) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 125,926 total deaths (↗️ +95) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 18 March 2021)
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 18-March-2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 17 March 2021)

  • 25,735,472 first doses 💉 (↗️ +462,246), i.e. 48.86% of UK adults
  • 1,879,054 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +119,609), i.e. 3.57% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 17 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:

  • 197,642 new cases 🦠
  • 6,368 new deaths

Days since:

  • 413 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: 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 18 March 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]