32 deaths due to Covid-19 in 24 hours in the UK and 2,061 new coronavirus infections. A total of 17,233 new cases in 7 days. The virus in its various forms remains a serious threat, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in April 2021.

As of today, 12,071,810 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 18.07% of the total UK population (or 22.92% of the adult population, 18 years and above). While, 33,508,590 people in total have received one dose of the vaccine: that is equivalent to 50.16% of the total population (or 63.62% of the adult population, 18 years and above).

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 many 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 32 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 2,061 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

It's worth noting 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 (2,923) and the average (28-day) reported daily number of coronavirus deaths (30).

Latest health care data indicate that 1,781 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 22 April), and 243 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 23 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 24 April 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 2,061 positive tests in the last 24 hours (↘️ -617 on yesterday’s data)
  • 132 hospital admissions as of 20 April (↘️ -42 since last data report on 19 April)
  • 1,781 hospital in-patients as of 22 April (↘️ -98 since last data report on 21 April)
  • 243 patients on ventilation beds as of 23 April (↘️ -18 since last data report on 22 April)
  • 32 deaths in the last 24 hours (↘️ -8 on yesterday’s data)
  • 4,403,170 total positive cases since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 127,417 total deaths – within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 24 April 2021)
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 24 April 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 23 April 2021)

  • 33,508,590 first doses 💉 (↗️ +119,953) equivalent to 63.62% of UK adults, or 50.16% of the total UK population
  • 12,071,810 fully vaccinated 💉 (↗️ +448,139) equivalent to 22.92% of UK adults, or 18.07% of the total UK population

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 23 April 2021)

  • England: Between 0.8 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:

  • 81,850 new cases in total 🦠
  • 847 deaths in total

Days since:

  • 450 days since the first reported UK case
  • 414 days since the first reported UK death

The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes: 150,841 – Registered up to Friday 9 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:

NOTE – Re: Estimates of R and growth rate for the whole of the UK

“Estimates of R and growth rate for the whole of the UK 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. They rely on combining a smaller number of models to generate said estimates than those used at the nation level. As restrictions are lifted differentially across the four nations, UK level estimates become less meaningful than previously, and are more easily biased by the models combined in their calculation. SPI-M-O considers the estimates for the four nations and NHS England regions as more robust and useful metrics than those for the whole UK. As a result, no UK estimates for R or growth rate have been agreed and UK level ranges will no longer be produced.”

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 hospital.

[This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 24 April 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]