2,297 new infections and 10 deaths due to Covid-19 reported in 24 hours in the UK. A total of 26,347 new cases in the past 7 days. A cautious approach remains the most sensible strategy, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in April 2021.

As of today, 10.22% of UK adults (5,381,745 people) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 59.85% of UK adults (31,523,010 people) in total have received only one dose. An outstanding 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.

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.

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Back to today’s data in the UK, which indicate the sad fact that another 10 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours due to Covid-19. This means that 682 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days due to Covid-19.

In addition, 2,337 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 2,297 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 63,834 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 (5,068) and the average reported daily number of deaths (83).

Latest health care data indicate that 3,536 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 1 April), 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 4 April 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 2,297 positive tests (↘️ -1,126) in the last 24 hours
  • 273 hospital admissions – last reported 28 March
  • 3,536 hospital in-patients  – last reported 1 April
  • 517 patients on ventilation beds  – last reported 1 April
  • 10 deaths in the last 24 hours
  • 4,359,388 total positive cases since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 126,836 total deaths – within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 4 April 2021)

Note: During the Easter period, the Government’s COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated every day, but the amount of data being updated will vary. See full details in the About the Data page.

14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 4 April 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 3 April 2021)

  • 31,523,010 first doses 💉 (↗️ +97,328), i.e. 59.85% of UK adults
  • 5,381,745 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +176,240), i.e. 10.22% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 3 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 19 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 4 April 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]