Sadly 98 more deaths due to Covid-19 in the UK, and another 5,605 infections in 24 hours. A total of 38,330 new cases in 7 days, suggests the situation is balanced on a knife-edge, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in March 2021.


As of today, 2,532,839 people (4.81% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 28,653,523 people (54.40% of UK adults) in total have received one dose.

The UK vaccination programme has been an amazing achievement – 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 98 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours in the UK due to Covid-19. This means that 1,396 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days.

In addition, 4,464 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 5,605 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 77,985 new cases reported in the UK in the last 14 days.


It's worth noting the average number of new infections, and of deaths, reported in relation to the last 28 days of Covid-19 data: average reported daily numbers of infections (6,012) and the average reported daily number of deaths (159).

Latest health care data indicate that 5,407 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 22 March), and 711 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 23 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 24 March 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 5,605 positive tests (↗️ +226) in the last 24 hours
  • 360 hospital admissions (↘️ -13) - last reported 20 March
  • 5,407 hospital in-patients (↘️ -54) - last reported 22 March
  • 711 patients on ventilation beds (↘️ -37) - last reported 23 March
  • 98 deaths (↘️ -14) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,312,908 total positive cases (↗️ +5,605) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 126,382 total deaths (↗️ +98) within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 24 March 2021)
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 24 March 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 23 March 2021)

  • 28,653,523 first doses 💉 (↗️ +325,650), i.e. 54.40% of UK adults
  • 2,532,839 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +169,155), i.e. 4.81% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 23 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:

  • 168,334 new cases 🦠
  • 4,464 new deaths

Days since:

  • 419 days since the first reported UK case
  • 383 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.






[This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 24 March 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]