11,007 new coronavirus infections and sadly 19 deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported in 24 hours, together with 149,222 new infections reported in the past 28 days. The surge in numbers is worryingly much clearer today – now is surely not the time to be loosening controls and giving the virus an advantage in the race to vaccinate enough of the population, Dr Joe Pajak writes.

First published in June 2021.

Today’s Summary.

504 days since the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was first reported in Britain, it has infected 4,600,623 people in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data); and the virus has been responsible for at least 127,945 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test result). Official data currently indicate there have been 152,397 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to 28 May 2021, according to Public Health England (PHE).

The latest vaccination data indicates that 42,216,654 (aged 18 and above) have received a first dose of vaccine against Covid-19 in the UK, while 30,675,207 people (aged 18 and above) are now fully vaccinated.

It is important to note the full range of population data, given that the focus has been on vaccinating those aged 18 and above, and to bear in mind that there is unlikely to be any scientific evidence that the virus draws a line at age 18 years.

Total UK population: 66,796,800, via ONS mid-year June 2020 (subject to changes in population over the year). These figures are due to be updated in June 2021.

  • Adult population (aged 18 and above) = 52,673,433
  • Population aged 16 and above = 54,098,971
  • Population aged 11 and above = 57,975,918
  • Population aged 5 and above = 62,939,544

We need therefore to challenge politicians who present the “vaccination” figures with an almost casual, over-emphasis of the percentages vaccinated. The data are always currently quoted for those in the population aged 18 and above.

As of today 45.92% of the “total” UK population has received two doses of a vaccine against the virus (one that for the vaccines currently being used requires 2 doses).

The Details.

Today’s data in the UK sadly indicate that 19 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours due to Covid-19. Transmission of the virus is of increasing concern, with a further 11,007 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, the highest number of daily infections reported since 19 February 2021.

It is worth noting the average number of new coronavirus infections and deaths due to the virus, reported in the last 28 days of Covid-19 data: average (28-day) reported daily numbers of coronavirus infections (5,329 – the highest 28-day average since 1 April 2021) and the average (28-day) reported daily number of coronavirus deaths (9).

The 14-day cumulative number of infections reported has increased by 106.5% in the past 14 days from 49,793 to 102,838 (14-day totals, from 4 June 2021 to 17 June 2021). While, the official 7-day cumulative equivalent reported today shows an increase of 33.7% in the relevant 7-day period.

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Comment of the Day:

When a high enough percentage of the population is fully vaccinated, it will be more difficult for the virus to spread.

So, what exactly is the government’s 19 July aim? When will a high enough percentage of people have been given two doses, given the current rates?

Peston on ITV, 16 June 2021.

Step 1: 8 March 🚦 Schools and colleges open fully ✅
Step 2: 12 April 🚦 Non-essential shops ✅
Step 3: 17 May 🚦 Social contact, outdoors, travel abroad ✅
Step 4: 21 June 🚦 Final relaxing of restrictions now delayed until 19 July ⛔️
Step 4: 19 July 🚦 “Terminus Date”: Final restrictions to be lifted ❓

Latest health care data indicate that 1,227 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 15 June) – highest since 5 May 2021, and 208 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 16 June), highest number since 28 April 2021, and there were 222 new Covid-19 admissions (on the 13 June), highest daily number admitted since 7 April 2021 – all three an increasing 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 17 June 2021:

(previous figures and changes in brackets)

11,007 positive tests in the last 24 hours (↗️ +1,952 on yesterday’s data)
222 hospital admissions as of 13 June (↗️ +49 since last report on 12 June)
1,227 hospital in-patients as of 15 June (↗️ +50 since last report on 14 June)
208 patients on ventilation beds as of 16 June (↗️ +2 since the last report on 15 June)
19 deaths in the last 24 hours (↗️ +10 compared to yesterday’s figure)

4,600,623 total positive cases (recorded) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
127,945 total deaths – number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 17 June 2021)

Additional Data:

📈 𝟭𝟭,𝟬𝟬𝟳 positive cases in 24h |↗️ 𝟰𝟴.𝟴𝟴% vs previous week
📈 𝟱𝟴,𝟴𝟯𝟬 weekly cases |↗️ ️𝟯𝟯.𝟳% vs previous week
📈 𝟭,𝟯𝟮𝟰 weekly hospital admission |↗️ 𝟰𝟯% vs previous week
📈 𝟳𝟴 weekly deaths |↗️ 𝟰𝟭.𝟴% vs previous week

Delta Variant #B16172
📈 𝟭𝟴,𝟰𝟭𝟱 sequenced cases (Week: 30 May- 5 June 2021)
↗️ 𝟴𝟯.𝟵𝟭% vs previous week
↗️ 𝟴𝟳.𝟭𝟵% of all sequenced cases
📈 𝟰𝟭,𝟵𝟴𝟱 sequenced cases in the last 28 days
↗️ 𝟴𝟮.𝟭% of all sequenced cases in the last 28 days

7-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 17 June 2021.

People vaccinated in the UK: (up to and including 16 June 2021)

• 💉42,216,654 first doses (↗️+195,565)
📈 80.15% of UK adults (18+)
📈 63.20% of UK population

• 💉30,675,207 fully vaccinated (↗️+234,834)
📈 58.24% of UK adults (18+)
📈 45.92% of UK population

People vaccinated in the UK: (up to and including 16 June 2021)

Estimated ®️ number: (report as of 11 June 2021)

  • Latest R range for England 1.2 to 1.4
  • Latest growth rate range for England +3% to +6% per day
  • An R value between 1.2 and 1.4 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 14 other people. A growth rate of between 3% and 6% means that the number of new infections is growing by between 3% and 6% every day. These estimates represent the transmission of COVID-19 2 to 3 weeks ago, due to the time delay between someone being infected, developing symptoms, and needing healthcare.

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:

  • 149,222 new cases in total 🦠 highest 28-day infections since 1 April 2021
  • 244 deaths in total

Days since:

  • 504 days since the first reported UK case
  • 468 days since the first reported UK death

The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes: 152,397 – Registered up to Friday 4 June 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, PhD physical scientist, research & development, governor NHS FT hospital.


[This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 17 June 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]