52 further deaths due to Covid-19 and 3,402 new infections reported in 24 hours in the UK. A total of 29,204 new cases in the past 7 days. Caution should be our watchword, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in March 2021.

As of today, 9.39% of UK adults (4,948,635 people) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 59.43% of UK adults (31,301,267 people) in total have received only one dose. A massive 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 need to be considered for vaccination against Covid-19.

Back to today’s data in the UK, which indicate the sad fact that another 52 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours due to Covid-19. This means that 791 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days due to Covid-19.

In addition, 2,557 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 3,402 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 69,013 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 (5,264) and the average reported daily number of deaths (91).

Latest health care data indicate that 3,723 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 31 March), and 517 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 1 April) – 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 2 April 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 3,402 positive tests (↘️ -1,077) in the last 24 hours
  • 273 hospital admissions – last reported 28 March
  • 3,723 hospital in-patients (↘️ -234) – last reported 31 March
  • 517 patients on ventilation beds (↘️ -30) – last reported 1 April
  • 52 deaths (↗️ +1) in the last 24 hours
  • 4,353,668 total positive cases since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 126,816 total deaths – within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 2 April 2021)
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 2 April 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 01 April 2021)

  • 31,301,267 first doses 💉 (↗️ +153,823), i.e. 59.43% of UK adults
  • 4,948,635 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +435,177), i.e. 9.39% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 1 April 2021).

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 26 March 2021)

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

It is reported that the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) estimates England’s latest R number to be between 0.8 and 1. We await an official update regarding the range and use of the R number.

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 147,394 new cases 🦠
  • 2,557 new deaths

Days since:

  • 428 days since the first reported UK case
  • 392 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 2 April 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]