23 further deaths due to Covid-19 and another 4,564 infections in 24 hours in the UK. A total of 36,799 new cases in the past 7 days. A rise in cases appears inevitable as we begin to unlock, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in March 2021.


As of today, 3,674,266 people (6.98% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 30,444,829 people (57.80% of UK adults) in total have received one dose. An amazing achievement!

We must not forget that the current 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 23 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours in the UK due to Covid-19. This means that 1,036 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days due to Covid-19.

In addition, 3,491 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 4,564 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 75,197 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 the last 28 days of Covid-19 data: average reported daily numbers of infections (5,597) and the average reported daily number of deaths (125).

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 29 March 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 4,564 positive tests (↗️ +702) in the last 24 hours
  • 334 hospital admissions (↘️ -9) – last reported 25 March
  • 4,560 hospital in-patients – last reported 25 March
  • 615 patients on ventilation beds – last reported 26 March
  • 23 deaths (↗️ +4) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,337,696 total positive cases – since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 126,615 total deaths – within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 29 March 2021)

Note: Due to testing data not being available for the whole of the UK, these metrics have not been updated. They will be updated in the next release.

14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 29 March 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 28 March 2021)

  • 30,444,829 first doses 💉 (↗️ +293,542), i.e. 57.80% of UK adults
  • 3,674,266 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +146,785), i.e. 6.98% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 28 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:

  • 156,717 new cases 🦠
  • 3,491 new deaths

Days since:

  • 424 days since the first reported UK case
  • 388 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 29 March 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]