3,030 new infections, 53 deaths due to Covid-19 reported in 24 hours in the UK, and a total of 20,056 new cases in the past 7 days. We need to continue to approach the situation with caution and keep to the rules, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in April 2021.

As of today, 11.57% of UK adults (6,091,905 people) have completed the full course of TWO vaccinations against Covid-19; and 60.39% of UK adults (31,807,124 people) in total have received only one dose. An amazing achievement by our wonderful NHS staff, volunteers, scientists and vaccine manufacturers.

Note: 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.

Vaccines are the best way for people to be protected from COVID-19 and have already saved thousands of lives, alongside the range of measures provided through various government websites.

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Back to today’s data in the UK, which indicate the sad fact that another 53 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours due to Covid-19. This means that 536 people have now lost their lives in the last 14 days due to Covid-19.

In addition, 1,814 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 3,030 new cases reported in the last 24 hours and 52,045 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 (4,631) and the average (28-day) reported daily number of coronavirus deaths (65).

The latest findings from the Imperial College London-led REACT study (based on at-home swab tests taken by almost 141,000 people between 11th and 30th March), finds that the rate of new coronavirus infections has levelled off with 1 in 500 people currently infected in England. The results show that 0.2% of England’s population has the virus, a fall of approximately 60% compared with the study’s previous findings in February, when 0.49% of people were infected (1 in 204).”

The report adds that, Primary school-aged children (aged 5-12) had the highest number of infections at 0.41%, while those aged 65 and above had the lowest at 0.09%. These trends are likely due to a combination of factors including schools reopening and the COVID-19 vaccination programme.”

Back to today’s official data reports. Latest health care data indicate that 3,124 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 6 April), and 440 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 7 April) – a continuing concern 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 8 April 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 3,030 positive tests in the last 24 hours (↗️ +267 on yesterday’s data)
  • 220 hospital admissions: data report as of 3 April (↘️ -36 since previous report on 30 March)
  • 3,124 hospital in-patients: data report as of 6 April (↘️ -412 since previous report on 1 April)
  • 440 patients on ventilation beds: data report as of 7 April (↘️ -29 since previous report on 4 April)
  • 53 deaths in the last 24 hours (↗️ +25 on yesterday’s data)
  • 4,370,321 total positive cases since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 126,980 total deaths – within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 8 April 2021)
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 8 April 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 7 April 2021)

  • 31,807,124 first doses 💉 (↗️ +99,530), i.e. 60.39% of UK adults
  • 6,091,905 fully vaccinated 💉 (↗️ +408,396), i.e. 11.57% of UK adults
People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 7 April 2021).

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 2 April 2021)

  • England: Between 0.8 and 1

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:

  • 129,674 new cases 🦠
  • 1,814 new deaths

Days since:

  • 434 days since the first reported UK case
  • 398 days since the first reported UK death

The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes: 149,968 – Registered up to Friday 26 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 8 April 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]