A further 43 deaths due to Covid-19 and 4,052 new infections reported in 24 hours in the UK. A total of 33,907 new cases in the past 7 days. As the half-term holiday starts, a cautious approach is the sensible way forward, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in March 2021.

As of today, 7.80% of UK adults (4,108,536 people) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 58.67% of UK adults (30,905,538 people) in total have received only one dose. A phenomenal achievement!

We must not forget, however, 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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In addition we should remember that adults refers to people aged 18 years or above. There is certainly a view that in due course, those aged under 18 years may also need to be considered for vaccination against Covid-19. Indeed trials are currently underway for a number of vaccines with different age groups.

Today, for example, the New York Times is reporting on such trials, stating that, “The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is said to be powerfully protective in adolescents.”

Back to today’s data in the UK, which indicate the sad fact that another 43 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours due to Covid-19. This means that 884 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days due to Covid-19.

In addition, 2,932 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 4,052 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 72,237 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 (5,430) and the average reported daily number of deaths (105).

Latest health care data indicate that 4,176 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 29 March), and 568 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 30 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 31 March 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 4,052 positive tests (↗️ +12) in the last 24 hours
  • 268 hospital admissions (↘️ -21) – last reported 27 March
  • 4,176 hospital in-patients (↗️ +23) – last reported 29 March
  • 568 patients on ventilation beds (↘️ -15) – last reported 30 March
  • 43 deaths (↘️ -13) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,345,788 total positive cases – since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 126,713 total deaths – within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 31 March 2021)
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 31 March 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 30 March 2021)

  • 30,905,538 first doses 💉 (↗️ +224,590), i.e. 58.67% of UK adults
  • 4,108,536 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +270,526), i.e. 7.80% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 30 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:

  • 152,033 new cases 🦠
  • 2,932 new deaths

Days since:

  • 426 days since the first reported UK case
  • 390 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  

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