18,270 new coronavirus infections and sadly 23 deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported in 24 hours, together with 241,487 new infections reported in the past 28 days.

First published in June 2021.

Today’s Summary.

513 days since the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was first reported in Britain, it has infected 4,717,811 people in the UK (according to the official reported positive cases data); and the virus has been responsible for at least 128,089 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test result). Official data currently indicate there have been 152,490 deaths in total, where the deceased person’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes, registered up to Friday 11 June 2021, according to Public Health England (PHE).

The Details.

Today’s data in the UK sadly indicate that 23 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours due to Covid-19. Transmission of the virus is of increasing concern, with a further 18,270 new infections reported in the last 24 hours.

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 at 8,625 the highest 28-day, and the average (28-day) reported daily number of coronavirus deaths (11).

The 14-day cumulative number of infections reported has increased by 94.3% in the past 14 days from 83,513 to 162,224 (14-day totals, from 13 June 2021 to 26 June 2021). While, the official 7-day cumulative equivalent reported today shows an increase of 54.4% in the relevant 7-day period.

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Comment of the Day.

It took 24 hours for Matt Hancock’s cheating story to eventually lead to his resignation as health secretary.

Some will say “Good riddance”, others “Glad to see the back of him”, or “What took him so long?”, and they well might be right.

Matt Hancock’s resignation letter. | UK Government

But there might be some questions worth asking.

Why is it that Dominic Cummings decided to unleash a long campaign of personal attacks against Matt Hancock, first when he gave evidence in parliament and later again with his newsletters? Also, why has the CCTV of the former health secretary’s kiss and embrace only appeared now if it was filmed back in May? Who kept the video all this time? And why release it only now?


What about the appointment of Sajid Javid to replace him at DHSC?

Javid – a former banker and former chancellor – will now deal with health and COVID-19 in particular... That would fit very well with a government with herd immunity for strategy, for instance, and a current chancellor who refuses to extend the furlough programme.

Also, it is certainly worth asking whether the Hancock story wasn’t somehow part of a distraction from the news that Dido Harding’s £37bn Test and Trace system has literally lost track of nearly 600 million Covid tests. The very Dido Harding who is now applying to become the boss of NHS England...

Or a diversion from the story that the government has lost a High Court case that found that Michael Gove unlawfully awarded a contract to associates of his and Dominic Cummings at Public First.

Matt Hancock has now gone. That’s probably for the best. Too many mistakes, too many lies, too many dodgy contracts… But we don’t know yet what Sajid Javid at DHSC means for us all.

We just don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it.

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 ✅
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Step 4: 19 July 🚦 “Terminus Date”: Final restrictions to be lifted ❓

Find out more about the latest data on COVID-19 variants:

UK COVID-19 variant updates.
The latest COVID-19 variant updates in the United Kingdom.

Latest health care data indicate that 1,505 patients suffering from Covid-19 are currently occupying hospital beds (as of 24 June) and 259 patients are requiring intensive care support (as of 24 June), and there were 227 new Covid-19 admissions (on the 22 June), 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 26 June 2021:

(previous figures and changes in brackets)

📈 18,270 daily
↗️ +77.0% vs last week
📈 98,460 weekly
↗️ +54.4% vs last week

📈 227 daily
↗️ +2.3% vs last week
📈 1,557 weekly
↗️ +10.3% vs last week

📈 1,505 daily
↗️ +14.2% vs last week

📈 259 daily
↗️ +23.3% vs last week

📈 23 daily
↗️ +64.3% vs last week
📈 119 weekly
↗️ +60.8% vs last week

🔴 4,717,811 total positive cases (recorded) since the first case was reported at the end of January 2020
⚫️ 128,089 total deaths – number recorded within 28 days of first positive test result (for COVID-19 reported up to 26 June 2021)

7-Day UK COVID-19 Data – Graph showing key data as trendlines as of 26 June 2021.

Vaccination Data

People vaccinated in the UK: (up to and including 25 June 2021)

• 💉44,078,244 first doses
📈 83.34% of UK adults (18+)
📈 65.71% of the total UK population

• 💉32,244,223 fully vaccinated
📈 60.96% of UK adults (18+)
📈 48.03% of the total UK population

* Using latest ONS population data published on 25th June 2021

People vaccinated in the UK up to and including 25 June 2021.

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: 67,081,234 (last year: 66,796,800), via ONS (subject to changes in population over the year). These figures were updated on 25 June 2021.

  • Adult population (aged 18 and above) = 52,890,044 (last year: 52,673,433)
  • Population aged 16 and above = 54,353,665 (last year: 54,098,971)
  • Population aged 11 and above = 58,325,411 (last year: 57,975,918)
  • Population aged 5 and above = 63,298,904 (last year: 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. So where is the vaccination strategy for children and young people in the UK?

As of 25 June 2021, 48.07% of the “total” UK population had received two doses of a vaccine against the virus (one that for the vaccines currently being used requires 2 doses).

Additional Data

Estimated ®️ number: (report as of 25 June 2021)

  • Latest R range for England 1.2 to 1.4
  • Latest growth rate range for England +3% to +5% 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:

  • 241,487 new cases in total 🦠 highest 28-day infections since 11 March 2021
  • 314 deaths in total in the last 28 days

Days since:

  • 513 days since the first reported UK case
  • 477 days since the first reported UK death

The total number of people whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes: 152,490 – Registered up to Friday 11 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.
J.N. PAQUET, Author & Journalist, Editor of PMP Magazine.


[This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 26 June 2021. | The authors write in a personal capacity.]