Stark reality as official dashboard notes today that there have been 150,419 deaths of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in April 2021.

Today’s data indicates that 23 deaths due to Covid-19 were reported in the last 24 hours in the UK, 2,472 new infections, and a total of 19,302 new cases in the past 7 days – meanwhile variants are still a significant concern, as demonstrated by the news that Lambeth Council announced yesterday that,

“Everyone over the age of 11 who lives or works in Lambeth should take a Covid-19PCR test as soon as possible... We're asking people to get tested to help us track any potential infections after several new cases of the Covid-19 variant first identified in South Africa were detected in south London.”

As of today, 14.92% of UK adults (7,857,396 people) have completed the full course of TWO vaccinations (as currently required with our vaccines) against Covid-19; and 61.23% of UK adults (32,250,481 people) in total have received only one dose. A vitally significant achievement by our NHS staff, volunteers, scientists and vaccine manufacturers.

Note: We must remember that the current vaccines thin use in the UK 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, there is little doubt that the recent lockdown has contributed to the downward data trends.

Back to today’s data in the UK, which indicate the sad fact that another 23 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours due to Covid-19. While, transmission of the virus continues to be at a high level with 2,472 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

It is also 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 (4,144) and the average (28-day) reported daily number of coronavirus deaths (51).

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Latest health care data indicate that 2,537 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 11 April), and 377 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 12 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 13 April 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 2,472 positive tests in the last 24 hours (↘️ -1,096 on yesterday’s data)
  • 230 hospital admissions as of 7 April ( ↗️ +9 since last data report on 6 April)
  • 2,537 hospital in-patients as of 11 April (↘️ -325 since last data report on 8 April)
  • 377 patients on ventilation beds as of 12 April (↘️ -29 since last data report on 9 April)
  • 23 deaths in the last 24 hours (↗️ +10 on yesterday’s data)
  • 4,375,814 total positive cases since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 127,123 total deaths – within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 13 April 2021)
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 9 April 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 11 April 2021)

  • 32,250,481 first doses 💉 (↗️ +59,905) – 61.23% of UK adults
  • 7,857,396 fully vaccinated 💉 (↗️ +201,191) – 14.92% of UK adults

People vaccinated in the UK (up to and including 12 April 2021).

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 2 April 2021)

  • England: Between 0.8 and 1

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 116,039 new cases in total 🦠
  • 1,435 deaths in total

Days since:

  • 439 days since the first reported UK case
  • 403 days since the first reported UK death

The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes: 150,419 – Registered up to Friday 2 April 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:

Official note: 13 April

  1. Headline figures only for Wales
    Due to an issue with data from Public Health Wales, figures are only available for cases and deaths for Wales by report date. The additional figures, including for local authorities in Wales, will be updated in the next release. Hospital and vaccination data for Wales have been updated as normal.
  2. Incomplete vaccination figures in Scotland
    Vaccination figures in Scotland exclude data from GP systems on Sunday 11 April.

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.