2,379 new infections and 20 deaths due to Covid-19 reported in 24 hours in the UK. A total of 22,794 new cases in the past 7 days. Risks presented by variants are of concern and should not be ignored, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in April 2021.

As of today, 10.44% of UK adults (5,496,716 people) have now completed their full, recommended, course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 60.03% of UK adults (31,622,367 people) in total have received only one dose. An outstanding achievement!

We must remember that the current vaccines the UK is using require two doses to complete the course, so there is no cause for complacency.

While ongoing uncertainties reported in the media about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine are bound to be creating some anxiety – a situation that urgently needs addressing to allay any fears.

(In addition we should remember that adults refers to people aged 18 years or above. There is certainly a view held by many experts 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 20 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours due to Covid-19. This means that 599 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days due to Covid-19.

In addition, 2,087 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 2,379 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 58,254 new cases reported in the UK in the last 14 days.

It is worth noting here, the average number of new coronavirus infections, and of deaths due to the virus, reported in the last 28 days of Covid-19 data: average (28-day) reported daily numbers of coronavirus infections (4,877) and the average (28-day) reported daily number of coronavirus deaths (75).

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 6 April 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 2,379 positive tests (↘️ -383) in the last 24 hours
  • 248 hospital admissions (↘️ -25) – last reported 29 March
  • 3,536 hospital in-patients – last reported 1 April
  • 517 patients on ventilation beds – last reported 1 April
  • 20 deaths in the last 24 hours (↘️ -6)
  • 4,364,529 total positive cases since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 126,882 total deaths – within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 6 April 2021)

Official notes – April 2021: 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.

Official notes – 5 April 2021: 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.

Official notes – 6 April 2021: Cases and deaths reported for Wales cover 48 hour period.

14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 6 April 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 5 April 2021)

  • 31,622,367 first doses 💉 (↗️ +40,744), i.e. 60.03% of UK adults
  • 5,496,716 fully vaccinated 💉 (↗️ +64,590), i.e. 10.44% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 5 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.

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 136,560 new cases 🦠
  • 2,087 new deaths

Days since:

  • 432 days since the first reported UK case
  • 396 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.