Sadly 112 further deaths due to Covid-19 in the UK, and another 5,379 infections in 24 hours. A total of 38,483 new cases in 7 days, and the number of daily cases continues to be a concern, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in March 2021.


As of today, 2,363,684 people (4.49% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 28,327,873 people (53.78% of UK adults) in total have received one dose.

The UK vaccination programme has been a wonderful achievement 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 112 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours in the UK due to Covid-19. This means that 1,488 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.

In addition, 4,808 have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. Transmission of the virus continues to be at a high level with 5,379 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 78,306 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 (6,167) and the average reported daily number of deaths (172).

Latest health care data indicate that 5,461 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 21 March), and 748 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 22 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 23 March 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 5,379 positive tests (↗️ +37) in the last 24 hours
  • 373 hospital admissions (↘️ -57) - last reported 19 March
  • 5,461 hospital in-patients (↘️ -701) - last reported 21 March
  • 748 patients on ventilation beds (↘️ -82) - last reported 22 March
  • 112 deaths (↗️ +95) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,301,925 total positive cases (↗️ +5,379) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 126,284 total deaths (↗️ +112) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 23 March 2021)
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 23 March 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 22 March 2021)

  • 28,327,873 first doses 💉 (↗️ +329,897), i.e. 53.78 % of UK adults
  • 2,363,684 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +82,300), i.e. 4.49% of UK adults

Note: 23 March
No update to vaccinations data for Northern Ireland:
Due to processing issues, no update is available for vaccinations in Northern Ireland. The UK total includes daily updates from England, Scotland and Wales only. The Northern Ireland daily number is shown as zero and the total is unchanged from 22 March 2021. These will be updated in the next release.

People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 22 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:

  • 172,667 new cases 🦠
  • 4,808 new deaths

Days since:

  • 418 days since the first reported UK case
  • 382 days since the first reported UK death

The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes: 148,125 – Registered up to Friday 12 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.