2,762 new infections and 26 deaths due to Covid-19 reported in 24 hours in the UK. A total of 24,455 new cases in the past 7 days. The risks presented by variants remain of significant concern, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in April 2021.

As of today, 10.31% of UK adults (5,432,126 people) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 59.96% of UK adults (31,581,623 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 26 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours due to Covid-19. This means that 691 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days due to Covid-19.

In addition, 2,298 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 2,762 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 61,254 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 (28-day) reported daily numbers of infections (4,998) and the average (28-day) reported daily number of deaths (82).

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 5 April 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 2,762 positive tests (↗️ +465) 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
  • 26 deaths in the last 24 hours (↗️ +16)
  • 4,362,150 total positive cases since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 126,862 total deaths – within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 5 April 2021)

Official notes: 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.

Update 5 April: Cases and deaths reported for Wales and Northern Ireland cover 48 hour periods. The UK numbers for cases and deaths contain 48 hour reporting periods for Wales and Northern Ireland. Vaccination figures for all nations and the UK are for the usual 24 hour period. Previously missing vaccination figures for Wales for 3 April have also been added.

14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 5 April 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 4 April 2021)

  • 31,581,623 first doses 💉 (↗️ +48,055), i.e. 59.96% of UK adults
  • 5,432,126 second doses 💉 – fully vaccinated (↗️ +47,708), i.e. 10.31% of UK adults

Official note: Vaccination figures for all nations and the UK are for the usual 24 hour period. Previously missing vaccination figures for Wales for 3 April have also been added.

People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 4 April 2021).

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 2 April 2021)

Official note: It is reported that the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) estimates England’s latest R number to be between 0.8 and 1. While the latest growth rate range for England is -4% to 0% per day.

The UK estimates of R and growth rate are averages over different epidemiological situations and should be regarded as a guide to the general trend rather than a description of the epidemic state.

Given the increasingly localised approach to managing the epidemic, particularly between nations, UK-level estimates are less meaningful than previously and may not accurately reflect the current picture of the epidemic.

The R value and growth rates for the 4 nations and NHS England regions are more robust and useful metrics than those for the whole UK.

The R value and growth rate in the UK
The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK.

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 139,947 new cases 🦠
  • 2,998 new deaths

Days since:

  • 431 days since the first reported UK case
  • 395 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.