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Coronavirus UK map: How many confirmed cases are there in your area? Coronavirus UK map: How many confirmed cases are there in your area?
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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has reached nearly 100,000. A total of 12,868 people confirmed to have had the virus have died.The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has reached nearly 100,000. A total of 12,868 people confirmed to have had the virus have died.
The actual number of cases is estimated to be much higher though - as it is mostly those in hospital and some NHS staff who are currently being tested. The actual number of cases is estimated to be much higher though - as it is mostly those in hospital and some NHS and care home staff who are currently being tested.
More than 313,000 people have been tested for coronavirus so far.More than 313,000 people have been tested for coronavirus so far.
Find out how many people have confirmed cases in your area:Find out how many people have confirmed cases in your area:
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(Updated figures for Northern Ireland unavailable on Tuesday)(Updated figures for Northern Ireland unavailable on Tuesday)
The following charts and graphics will help you understand the situation in the UK and how the authorities are responding.The following charts and graphics will help you understand the situation in the UK and how the authorities are responding.
1. UK deaths have slowed in recent days1. UK deaths have slowed in recent days
The number of people confirmed to have had coronavirus and died has risen by 761 to 12,868.The number of people confirmed to have had coronavirus and died has risen by 761 to 12,868.
The BBC's head of statistics Robert Cuffe says there was an expectation that Wednesday's figures could have seen another post-weekend spike, especially after a four-day weekend, but that is not the case.The BBC's head of statistics Robert Cuffe says there was an expectation that Wednesday's figures could have seen another post-weekend spike, especially after a four-day weekend, but that is not the case.
The UK has now seen almost a week with no growth in the number of new deaths announced each day, adding to evidence that the lockdown has slowed the outbreak.The UK has now seen almost a week with no growth in the number of new deaths announced each day, adding to evidence that the lockdown has slowed the outbreak.
But the overall picture is still worrying, with the UK one of five countries to surpass 10,000 deaths - the others being the US, Spain, Italy and France.But the overall picture is still worrying, with the UK one of five countries to surpass 10,000 deaths - the others being the US, Spain, Italy and France.
The majority of the deaths have been in England, with 11,656 deaths in hospitals so far. The majority of the deaths have been in England, with 11,656 deaths in hospitals so far. London and the Midlands have seen the highest tolls.
In Scotland, 699 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 463. Northern Ireland has seen a total of 140 deaths.In Scotland, 699 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 463. Northern Ireland has seen a total of 140 deaths.
Most deaths have been among the elderly. Figures released by NHS England show more than half of deaths have been among people aged over 80.
The UK's overall death figure, which is confirmed cases reported up to 17:00 BST the previous day, is almost entirely made up from those people who died in hospital and tested positive for coronavirus.The UK's overall death figure, which is confirmed cases reported up to 17:00 BST the previous day, is almost entirely made up from those people who died in hospital and tested positive for coronavirus.
For the most part it does not include deaths in the community, for example in care homes, or people who have died in their own homes.For the most part it does not include deaths in the community, for example in care homes, or people who have died in their own homes.
On Tuesday, the Office for National Statistics published figures for the period up to 3 April in England and Wales. They included all cases where coronavirus had been listed on a death certificate - in care homes and other community settings as well as in hospitals.On Tuesday, the Office for National Statistics published figures for the period up to 3 April in England and Wales. They included all cases where coronavirus had been listed on a death certificate - in care homes and other community settings as well as in hospitals.
The figures suggest that daily reported numbers are an underestimate of the true death toll.The figures suggest that daily reported numbers are an underestimate of the true death toll.
Most deaths have been among the elderly. Figures released by NHS England show more than half of deaths have been among people aged over 80.
London and the Midlands have seen the highest death tolls.
2. The number of UK cases is not accelerating2. The number of UK cases is not accelerating
The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.
While there were a number of people testing positive throughout February, figures in the UK began to increase at the beginning of March. While there were a number of people testing positive throughout February, figures in the UK began to rise substantially towards the end of March.
The highest daily total came on 5 April, when about 6,000 new cases were confirmed.
As with deaths, cases of coronavirus have been heavily concentrated in London, the Midlands and the North West.As with deaths, cases of coronavirus have been heavily concentrated in London, the Midlands and the North West.
3. UK deaths behind Italy - for now3. UK deaths behind Italy - for now
At the moment, the number of confirmed cases and deaths in the UK remains lower than some other European countries.At the moment, the number of confirmed cases and deaths in the UK remains lower than some other European countries.
For example, in Italy there have been more than 160,000 confirmed cases and about 21,000 deaths.For example, in Italy there have been more than 160,000 confirmed cases and about 21,000 deaths.
But while the increase in the number of deaths each day appears to be slowing in Italy, in the UK the number is still rising - albeit at a slower rate than a week ago.But while the increase in the number of deaths each day appears to be slowing in Italy, in the UK the number is still rising - albeit at a slower rate than a week ago.
Lockdown restrictions have been partially lifted in some countries, including Italy and Austria, as the increase in the number of deaths each day has slowed. Lockdown restrictions have been partially lifted in some other European countries, including Italy and Austria, as the increase in the number of deaths each day has slowed.
In the UK, a meeting of the government's scientific advisers to review evidence relating to the current lockdown restrictions will take place in the coming days. In the UK, a meeting of the government's scientific advisers to review evidence relating to the current lockdown restrictions will take place in the coming days. But the government has said that it does not expect to make changes to coronavirus restrictions this week.
But the government has said that it does not expect to make changes to coronavirus restrictions this week. 4. Testing remains well below UK target
4. Testing for the virus in the UK
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has set a target of 100,000 tests per day by the end of April - a big jump from the previous target of 25,000 per day by mid-April.Health Secretary Matt Hancock has set a target of 100,000 tests per day by the end of April - a big jump from the previous target of 25,000 per day by mid-April.
On 15 April, the government reported that nearly 16,000 coronavirus tests were carried out in the preceding 24 hours and in total nearly 314,000 people in the UK have been tested. On Wednesday, the government reported that nearly 16,000 coronavirus tests were carried out in the preceding 24 hours and in total nearly 314,000 people in the UK have been tested.
Mr Hancock said the number of daily tests being carried out had been flat over the last couple of days because there was not enough demand among hospital patients and NHS staff, rather than not enough capacity.
Testing is now being expanded to social care staff and care home residents, he added.
Most of the tests so far have been reserved for seriously ill patients in hospital. But last week the government began to publish figures which included key workers and their households, as well as hospital patients.Most of the tests so far have been reserved for seriously ill patients in hospital. But last week the government began to publish figures which included key workers and their households, as well as hospital patients.
Previously, the testing of key workers and their families had not been included in the daily figures.Previously, the testing of key workers and their families had not been included in the daily figures.
Increasing the number of people being tested for coronavirus will play a key part in analysing its spread in the UK.Increasing the number of people being tested for coronavirus will play a key part in analysing its spread in the UK.
5. The number of people in hospital has dropped slightly5. The number of people in hospital has dropped slightly
Latest figures reveal there are about 20,000 patients in hospital with the virus. Latest figures reveal there are just under 20,000 patients in hospital with the virus.
On Tuesday, it was announced that the number of people in hospital in the preceding 24 hours had fallen by 2% across the country and by 15% in the East of England region. On Wednesday, it was announced that the number of people in hospital in the preceding 24 hours had fallen by 1% across the country and by 5% in London.
Prof Angela McLean, the UK's deputy chief scientific adviser, said the drop showed that "everybody's efforts to stay home is having the impact we hoped it would have."
Hospitals are still experiencing poor supplies of some essential equipment, according to Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers in England.Hospitals are still experiencing poor supplies of some essential equipment, according to Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers in England.
"We know that over the last 72 hours some trusts have run critically low on gowns," he said on Monday."We know that over the last 72 hours some trusts have run critically low on gowns," he said on Monday.
At the weekend, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government was "working night and day to make sure we get the right PPE".At the weekend, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government was "working night and day to make sure we get the right PPE".