17 further deaths due to Covid-19 in the UK, and another 5,342 infections in 24h. A total of 38,398 new cases in 7 days. This is the lowest number of daily deaths reported since 28 September 2020, however the number of daily cases continues to be a concern, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in March 2021.


As of today, 2,281,384 people (4.33% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 27,997,976 people (53.15% of UK adults) in total have received one dose.

The UK vaccination programme has been a real success and so much is owed to staff in the NHS, together with thousands of volunteers, and those involved in the development, testing, and manufacture of our vaccines.

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Today’s data indicate the sad fact that 17 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours in the UK due to Covid-19. This means that 1,607 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.

In addition, 5,244 have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. Transmission of the virus remains at a high level with 5,342 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 78,693 new cases reported in the UK in the last 14 days (the third day running that this metric has risen).


It is worth noting here the average numbers in relation to the last 28 days Covid-19 data: average reported daily numbers of infections (6,278) and the average reported daily number of deaths (187).

Latest health care data indicate that 6,162 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 22 March 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 5,342 positive tests (↗️ +30) in the last 24 hours
  • 430 hospital admissions (↘️ -7) - last reported 18 March
  • 6,162 hospital in-patients - last reported 18 March
  • 830 patients on ventilation beds - last reported 19 March
  • 17 deaths (↘️ -16) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,301,925 total positive cases (↗️ +5,342) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 126,172 total deaths (↗️ +17) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 22 March 2021)
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 22 March 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 21 March 2021)

  • 27,997,976 first doses 💉 (↗️ +367,006), i.e. 53.15 % of UK adults
  • 2,281,384 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +52,612), i.e. 4.33% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 21 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:

  • 175,777 new cases 🦠
  • 5,244 new deaths

Days since:

  • 417 days since the first reported UK case
  • 381 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.