58 further deaths due to Covid-19 and another 4,715 infections in 24 hours in the UK. A total of 38,937 new cases in the past 7 days. A cautious approach makes good sense, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in March 2021.

As of today, 3,293,517 people (6.25% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 29,727,435 people (56.44% of UK adults) in total have received one dose. Such a wonderful 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 must not forget that the vaccines the UK is using require two doses, so there is no cause for complacency.

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Today’s data indicate the sad fact that 58 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours in the UK due to Covid-19. This means that 1,110 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days due to Covid-19.

In addition, 3,697 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 4,715 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 76,388 new cases reported in the UK in the last 14 days.

It is worth noting here, 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 (5,703) and the average reported daily number of deaths (132).

Latest health care data indicate that 4,560 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 25 March), and 615 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 26 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 27 March 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 4,715 positive tests (↘️ -1,472) in the last 24 hours
  • 363 hospital admissions (↗️ +9) – last reported 23 March
  • 4,560 hospital in-patients (↘️ -292) – last reported 25 March
  • 615 patients on ventilation beds (↘️ -15) – last reported 26 March
  • 58 deaths (↘️ -12) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,329,180 total positive cases (↗️ +3,865*) – since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 126,573 total deaths – within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 27 March 2021)

*Note: On 27 March 2021, 850 historic cases were removed from the dashboard. Due to a laboratory processing error these tests were reported as positive when they should have been recorded as void. This affected specimen dates between 23 and 25 March in local authorities primarily in the North East and Yorkshire. The cumulative total number of people tested positive was revised down on 27 March 2021. Historic published date totals have not been changed.

14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 27 March 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 26 March 2021)

  • 29,727,435 first doses 💉 (↗️ +411,305), i.e. 56.44% of UK adults
  • 3,293,517 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +283,654), i.e. 6.25% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 26 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:

  • 159,691 new cases 🦠
  • 3,697 new deaths

Days since:

  • 422 days since the first reported UK case
  • 386 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 27 March 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]