96 further deaths due to Covid-19 in the UK, and another 5,587 infections, reported in the last 24 hours. A total of 37,451 new cases reported in the UK in the last 7 days. Has a plateau been reached? We must remain patient and vigilant, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in March 2021.


As of today, 2,132,551 people (4.05% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 26,853,407 people (50.98% 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. But, as Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme, emphasised this week, “COVID-19 vaccines are part of the solution, but alone they won’t end the pandemic.”

Today’s data indicate the sad fact that 96 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours in the UK due to Covid-19. This means that 1,704 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.

In addition, 5,587 have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. Transmission of the virus remains at a high level with 5,587 (coincidentally the same numbers) new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 77,928 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 (6,629) and the average reported daily number of deaths (200).

Latest health care data indicate that 6,612 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 18 March), and 830 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 19 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 20 March 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 5,587 positive tests (↗️ +785) in the last 24 hours
  • 496 hospital admissions - last reported 15 March
  • 6,162 hospital in-patients (↗️ +68) - last reported 18 March
  • 830 patients on ventilation beds (↘️ -49) - last reported 19 March
  • 96 deaths (↘️ -5) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,291,271 total positive cases (↗️ +5,587) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 126,122 total deaths (↗️ +96) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 20 March 2021)
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 20 March 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 19 March 2021)

  • 26,853,407 first doses 💉 (↗️ +589,675), i.e. 50.98 % of UK adults
  • 2,132,551 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +121,481), i.e. 4.05% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 19 March 2021).

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 19 March 2021)

  • 0.6 to 0.9 with a daily infection growth rate range of -6% to -3%

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 185,598 new cases 🦠
  • 5,587 new deaths

Days since:

  • 415 days since the first reported UK case
  • 379 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 20 March 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]