10 deaths due to Covid-19 were reported in the last 24 hours in the UK, together with 1,882 new coronavirus infections, and a total of 17,887 new cases in the past 7 days. Variants of continuing concern, Dr Joe Pajak writes.


First published in April 2021.


As of today, 9,930,846 people have completed the full course of TWO vaccinations (as required with the vaccines in use in the UK currently) against Covid-19; that is equivalent to 14.87% of the total UK population (or 18.85% of the adult population). While, 32,849,223 people in total have received one dose of the vaccine: that is equivalent to 49.18% of the total population (or 62.36% of the adult population).

What a phenomenal achievement by our NHS staff and volunteers, scientists and vaccine producers.

Note: We must remember that the vaccines currently used in the UK require two doses to complete the course, so there is no cause for complacency.

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Vaccines are the best way for people to be protected from COVID-19 and have already saved thousands of lives, however there is also little doubt that the recent lockdown has contributed significantly to the downward data trends.

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. While, transmission of the virus continues to be at a high level with 1,882 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 (3,576) and the average (28-day) reported daily number of coronavirus deaths (40).

Latest health care data indicate that 2,186 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 15 April), and 332 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 16 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 18 April 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 1,882 positive tests in the last 24 hours (↘️ -324 on yesterday’s data)
  • 179 hospital admissions as of 13 April (last data report on 13 April)
  • 2,186 hospital in-patients as of 15 April (last data report on 15 April)
  • 332 patients on ventilation beds as of 16 April (last data report on 16 April)
  • 10 deaths in the last 24 hours (↘️ -25 on yesterday’s data)
  • 4,387,820 total positive cases since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 127,270 total deaths – within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 18 April 2021)
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 18 April 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 16 April 2021)

  • 32,849,223 first doses 💉 (↗️ +155,696) – 62.36% of UK adults, or 49.18% of the total UK population.
  • 9,930,846 fully vaccinated 💉 (↗️ +513,878) – 18.85% of UK adults, or 14.87% of the total UK population.

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 17 April 2021)

  • England: Between 0.7 and 1

State of the UK epidemic
To better understand the state of the epidemic in the UK, the UK government recommend “focusing on indicators for the 4 nations of the UK individually, rather than an average value across the UK.” Estimates of the R value and growth rate for different nations can be found via this link.

New infections and deaths in the last 28 days:

  • 100,124 new cases in total 🦠
  • 1,116 deaths in total

Days since:

  • 444 days since the first reported UK case
  • 408 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  


Going Further:

  • 17 April 2021“Data for Wales no longer reported on Saturdays.As of the week commencing 12 April 2021, Public Health Wales have moved to a six day reporting period for COVID-19 surveillance. This means that there will be no reporting of the daily figures for Wales on Saturdays, and UK numbers have therefore only been updated with data from England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.”


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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.