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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has reached more than 108,000. A total of 14,576 people confirmed to have had the virus have died. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has reached more than 114,000. A total of 15,464 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 and care home 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 341,000 people have been tested for coronavirus so far. More than 357,000 people have been tested for coronavirus so far.
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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 up after Easter weekend UK deaths have been up following the Easter weekend
The number of people confirmed to have had coronavirus and died has risen by 847 to 14,576. The number of people confirmed to have had coronavirus and died has risen by 888 to 15,464.
That is roughly the same rise as Thursday's figure and up on the numbers reported earlier in the week, which is likely due to a lag in reporting over the Easter weekend. That is a similar rise to those announced on Thursday and Friday and up on the numbers reported earlier in the week. This could be due to a lag in reporting over the Easter weekend.
The number of reported deaths remains below last week's peak. But the overall picture is still worrying, with the UK one of just five countries to surpass 10,000 deaths - the others being the US, Spain, Italy and France. The number of reported deaths - deaths recorded up to 17:00 BST the previous day - remains below last week's peak.
The majority of the deaths have been in England, with 13,134 deaths in hospitals so far. London and the Midlands have seen the highest tolls. However, the overall picture is still of concern, with the UK one of just five countries to surpass 10,000 deaths - the others being the US, Spain, Italy and France.
In Scotland, 837 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 506. Northern Ireland has seen a total of 176 deaths. The majority of the deaths have been in England, with 13,918 deaths in hospitals so far. London and the Midlands have seen the highest tolls.
In Scotland, 893 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 534. Northern Ireland has seen a total of 193 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.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.
And fewer than one in 10 of those who have died have been under the age of 60.And fewer than one in 10 of those who have died have been under the age of 60.
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. There also appeared to be a "disproportionate impact" on those from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick told the Number 10 coronavirus briefing on Saturday.
Research needs to be done "swiftly" to "better understand it", he added.
The UK's overall death figure 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.
The Chief Executive of Care England has warned that the true number of coronavirus deaths in care homes could be as high as 7,500
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.
2. The number of UK cases is not accelerating But 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 rise substantially towards the end 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.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 now UK deaths remain behind Italy - for now
At the moment, the number of confirmed cases and deaths in the UK remains lower than some other European countries. Currently, the number of confirmed cases and deaths in the UK remains lower than some other European countries.
For example, in Italy there have been nearly 170,000 confirmed cases and more than 22,000 deaths. For example, in Italy there have been more than 170,000 confirmed cases and more than 22,700 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 couple of weeks 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 couple of weeks ago.
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.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.
On Thursday, the UK government said lockdown measures will continue until at least 7 May.On Thursday, the UK government said lockdown measures will continue until at least 7 May.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said a review by the government's scientific advisers had concluded that the measures were working, but there was evidence the infection was spreading in hospitals and care homes.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said a review by the government's scientific advisers had concluded that the measures were working, but there was evidence the infection was spreading in hospitals and care homes.
"If we rush to relax the measures that we have in place we would risk wasting all the sacrifices and all the progress that has been made," said Mr Raab."If we rush to relax the measures that we have in place we would risk wasting all the sacrifices and all the progress that has been made," said Mr Raab.
"That would risk a quick return to another lockdown with all the threat to life that a second peak to the virus would bring and all the economic damage that a second lockdown would carry.""That would risk a quick return to another lockdown with all the threat to life that a second peak to the virus would bring and all the economic damage that a second lockdown would carry."
4. Testing remains well below UK target Testing remains well below the UK target
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 Friday, the government reported that more than 21,000 coronavirus tests were carried out in the preceding 24 hours, up from around 18,000 the previous day. In total, more than 341,000 people in the UK have been tested. On Friday and Saturday, the government reported that more than 21,000 coronavirus tests had been carried out in the preceding 24 hours - up from around 18,000 on Thursday. In total, more than 357,000 people in the UK have been tested.
Earlier in the week, Mr Hancock said testing was being expanded to social care staff and care home residents.Earlier in the week, Mr Hancock said testing was being expanded to social care staff and care home residents.
Most of the tests so far have been reserved for seriously ill patients in hospital. But earlier this month 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 earlier this month 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 slightly The number of people in hospital has dropped slightly
Latest figures reveal there are just under 20,000 patients in hospital with the virus after a fall in the number in recent days. There were about 17,750 patients in hospital with the virus across Great Britain on 17 April, according to the latest government data - after a fall in the number in recent days.
Prof Angela McLean, the UK's deputy chief scientific adviser, said the drop showed "everybody's efforts to stay home is having the impact we hoped it would have". Numbers fell 5% between 16 and 17 April - down by more than 1,000. London's Covid-19 hospital patients dropped to just over 3,600 from a peak of about 4,800 on 8 April.
NHS England medical director Stephen Powis said on Saturday that it was becoming clear that fewer people were now being taken to hospital with the respiratory infection.
"In London we have had a succession of days where the numbers are decreasing but also some signs in other regions such as the Midlands," he added.
The government has said that making sure the NHS can cope with a second peak of the virus is one of five conditions that must be met before the lockdown is eased.The government has said that making sure the NHS can cope with a second peak of the virus is one of five conditions that must be met before the lockdown is eased.
Another of the conditions is ensuring that the supply of tests and personal protective equipment (PPE) can meet future demand.Another of the conditions is ensuring that the supply of tests and personal protective equipment (PPE) can meet future demand.
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.
Mr Hopson said on Friday that some hospitals would run out of fully protective gowns this weekend because of supply issues.Mr Hopson said on Friday that some hospitals would run out of fully protective gowns this weekend because of supply issues.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock admitted the supply of gowns was "tight" but said the government was doing everything it could "to get that PPE to the front line". Concerns have also been raised about updated government advice on reusing gowns or wearing different kit if stocks in England run low. Unions have said this could put hospital staff and patients at risk.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said on Saturday the government was dealing with the problem.
"The workers on the front line, we understand their anxiety and we are trying to get the equipment as quickly as possible," he said.