First published in May 2021.


Today’s data in the UK indicate the sad fact that 27 deaths has been reported in the last 24 hours due to Covid-19. Transmission of the virus continues to be at a relatively high level with 2,144 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

It is 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 (2,375) and the average (28-day) reported daily number of coronavirus deaths (23).


Latest health care data indicate that 1,285 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 3 May), and 181 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 4 May) – a continuing concern for our National Health Service.


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 5 May 2021:

(previous day’s figures and change in brackets)

  • 2,144 positive tests in the last 24 hours (↗️+198 on yesterday’s data)
  • 108 hospital admissions as of 28 April (↘️-52 on last data reported 27 April)
  • 1,285 hospital in-patients as of 3 May (↘️-166 on last data reported 29 April)
  • 181 patients on ventilation beds as of 4 May (↘️-4 on last data reported 30 April)
  • 27 deaths in the last 24 hours (↗️+23 on yesterday’s data)

  • 4,425,940 total positive cases since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
  • 127,570 total deaths – within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 5 May 2021)
14-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 5 May 2021.

People vaccinated: (up to and including 4 May 2021)

  • 💉34,795,074 first doses (↗️+127,170)
    📈 66.06% of UK adults (18+)
    📈 52.09% of UK population
  • 💉15,887,493 fully vaccinated (↗️+257,486)
    📈 30.16% of UK adults (18+)
    📈 23.78% of UK population

Estimated ®️ number: (as of 30 April 2021)

  • Latest R and growth rate for England
  • Latest R range for England = 0.8 to 1.1
  • Latest growth rate range for England = -4% to -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:

  • 66,507 new cases in total 🦠
  • 645 deaths in total

Days since:

  • 461 days since the first reported UK case
  • 425 days since the first reported UK death

The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes: 151,533 – Registered up to Friday 23 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:




Figures reported by Wales for 48-hour period:
“Figures reported on 5 May for Wales are for the 48-hour period from 9am Sunday 2 May to 9am Tuesday 4 May. The UK figures will also include figures from a 48-hour period from Wales.”



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 an NHS foundation trust hospital.






[This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 5 May 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]