70 further deaths due to Covid-19 and another 6,187 infections in 24 hours in the UK. A total of 39,809 new cases in the past 7 days. There are worrying signs of infection levels increasing again, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in March 2021.

As of today, 3,009,863 people (5.71% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 29,316,130 people (55.66% of UK adults) in total have received one dose. What an achievement! We owe so much to staff in the NHS, together with thousands of volunteers, and those involved in the development, testing, and manufacture of our vaccines. We mustn't forget that the vaccines the UK is using require two doses, so there is no cause for complacency.

Today’s data indicate the sad fact that 70 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours in the UK due to Covid-19. This means that 1,173 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days due to Covid-19.

In addition, 3,929 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 6,187 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 77,207 new cases reported in the UK in the last 14 days.

The levelling, and rise, in infections in some of the data [as mentioned in the past few days and now noted in the latest ONS infection survey data] are potentially further signs that transmission of the virus is reaching an inflection point, and could in time lead to further worrying increases in other data.


It is worth noting too, 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 (5,800) and the average reported daily number of deaths (140).

Latest health care data indicate that 4,852 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 24 March), and 630 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 25 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 26 March 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 6,187 positive tests (↘️ -210) in the last 24 hours
  • 354 hospital admissions (↘️ -1) – last reported 22 March
  • 4,852 hospital in-patients (↘️ -270) – last reported 24 March
  • 630 patients on ventilation beds (↘️ -53) – last reported 25 March
  • 70 deaths (↗️ +7) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,325,315 total positive cases – since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 126,515 total deaths – within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 26 March 2021)
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 26 March 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 25 March 2021)

  • 29,316,130 first doses 💉 (↗️ +324,942), i.e. 55.66% of UK adults
  • 3,009,863 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +234,382), i.e. 5.71% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 25 March 2021).

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 26 March 2021)

  • 0.7 to 0.9 with a daily infection growth rate range of -5% to -2%.

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 162,410 new cases 🦠
  • 3,929 new deaths

Days since:

  • 421 days since the first reported UK case
  • 385 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  

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 26 March 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]