A further 56 deaths due to Covid-19 and 4,040 new infections reported in 24 hours in the UK. A total of 35,460 new cases in the past 7 days. Precariously balanced as we consider our next steps, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in March 2021.


As of today, 3,838,010 people (7.29% of UK adults) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 30,680,948 people (58.25% 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 to complete the course, so there is no cause for complacency.

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Today’s data indicate the sad fact that 56 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours in the UK due to Covid-19. This means that 982 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days due to Covid-19.

In addition, 3,204 have now lost their lives because of the virus in the past 28 days. Transmission of the virus continues to be at a consistently high level with 4,040 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 73,943 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 (5,513) and the average reported daily number of deaths (114).

Latest health care data indicate that 4,153 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 28 March), and 583 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 29 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 30 March 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 4,040 positive tests (↘️ -524) in the last 24 hours
  • 289 hospital admissions (↘️ -45) – last reported 26 March
  • 4,153 hospital in-patients (↘️ -407) – last reported 28 March
  • 583 patients on ventilation beds (↘️ -32) – last reported 29 March
  • 56 deaths (↗️ +33) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,341,736 total positive cases – since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 126,670 total deaths – within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 30 March 2021)
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 30 March 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 29 March 2021)

  • 30,680,948 first doses 💉 (↗️ +236,119), i.e. 58.25% of UK adults
  • 3,838,010 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +163,744), i.e. 7.29% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 29 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:

  • 154,366 new cases 🦠
  • 3,204 new deaths

Days since:

  • 425 days since the first reported UK case
  • 389 days since the first reported UK death

The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes: 149,168 – 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 30 March 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]