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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has reached more than 120,000. A total of 16,060 people confirmed to have had the virus have died. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has reached more than 124,000 and at least 16,509 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 372,000 people have been tested for coronavirus so far. More than 386,000 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.
Drop in UK daily death tollDrop in UK daily death toll
The number of people confirmed to have had coronavirus and died has risen by 596 to 16,060. The number of people confirmed to have had coronavirus and died has risen by 449 to 16,509.
This is lower than the 888 deaths announced yesterday and the UK's lowest daily toll since 6 April - although generally figures have been observed to be lower at weekends. This the UK's lowest daily toll since 6 April, when there were 439 recorded. BBC health correspondent Nick Triggle says recent figures should be treated with caution as they cover the weekend, when reporting and recording delays can mean figures drop before rising again.
But, he says, the falls are big enough to suggest we may soon start seeing the number of new deaths coming down.
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.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.
The majority of the deaths have been in England, with 14,400 deaths in hospitals so far. London and the Midlands have seen the highest tolls. The majority of the deaths have been in England, with 14,829 deaths in hospitals so far. London and the Midlands have seen the highest tolls.
In Scotland, 903 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 575. Northern Ireland has seen a total of 194 deaths. In Scotland, 915 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 584. Northern Ireland has seen 207 deaths in total.
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.
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. There also appears to be a "disproportionate impact" on those from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, according to Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick.
Research needs to be done "swiftly" to "better understand it", he added. Research needs to be done "swiftly" to "better understand it", he said.
The UK's overall death figure is almost entirely made up from those people who died in hospital and tested positive for coronavirus.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 true number of deaths in care homes could be as high as 7,500, the Chief Executive of Care England has warned.The true number of deaths in care homes could be as high as 7,500, the Chief Executive of Care England has warned.
Last week the Office for National Statistics published figures for all cases where coronavirus was listed on a death certificate in England and Wales, up to 3 April.Last week the Office for National Statistics published figures for all cases where coronavirus was listed on a death certificate in England and Wales, up to 3 April.
The figures, which included care homes and other community settings as well as hospitals, suggest that daily reported numbers are an underestimate of the actual death toll.The figures, which included care homes and other community settings as well as hospitals, suggest that daily reported numbers are an underestimate of the actual death toll.
The number of UK cases is not acceleratingThe number of UK cases is not accelerating
Sunday's figure of 5,850 new cases represents the second highest daily increase in new infections, possibly as a result of more testing being carried out over the last few days. However the rate of change is not increasing. Monday's figure of 4,676 new cases is much lower than the 5,850 recorded on Sunday, which was the second highest daily increase in new infections, possibly as a result of more testing being carried out over the last few days. However the rate of change is not increasing.
The highest daily total was on 5 April, when more than 6,000 new cases were confirmed.The highest daily total was on 5 April, when more than 6,000 new cases were confirmed.
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 a number of people tested positive throughout February, infections in the UK began to rise substantially towards the end of March.While a number of people tested positive throughout February, infections in the UK began to rise substantially towards the end of March.
As with deaths, cases have been heavily concentrated in London, the Midlands and the North West.As with deaths, cases have been heavily concentrated in London, the Midlands and the North West.
UK deaths remain behind Italy and Spain - for nowUK deaths remain behind Italy and Spain - for now
Currently, 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 more than 175,000 confirmed cases and more than 23,000 deaths. For example, in Italy there have been more than 178,000 confirmed cases and more than 23,600 deaths.
But while the increase in the number of deaths 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 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 Sunday Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove told the BBC that the government will make a "balanced judgement" when deciding how to relax the lockdown, The UK government says the measures are working, but five conditions must be met before the lockdown is eased.
Mr Gove said the government did not yet have the information to show it would be safe to lift the restrictions.
A Sunday Times report said schools could reopen as early as 11 May, however Mr Gove dismissed that as "not true", saying no decision had been made.
Last week 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.
Testing remains well below the UK targetTesting 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.
There have been some 21,000 tests carried out each day for the last three days - up from 18,000 on Thursday. The number of tests carried out has been around 20,000 tests for the last four days - up from 18,000 on Thursday.
In total, more than 372,000 people in the UK have been tested. In total, more than 386,000 people in the UK have been tested.
Last week Mr Hancock said testing was being expanded to social care staff and care home residents.Last week Mr Hancock said testing was being expanded to social care staff and care home residents.
Most of the tests so far have ben 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.
The number of people in hospital has dropped slightlyThe number of people in hospital has dropped slightly
There were about 17,900 patients in hospital with the virus across Great Britain on 18 April, according to the latest government data - after a fall in the number in recent days. The deputy chief scientific adviser Angela Maclean says the number of people in hospital who have tested positive "remains stable" - at around 17,800.
Numbers rose slightly between 17 and 18 April - up by 150 but still below the peak on the 12 April. London's Covid-19 hospital patients dropped to just over 3,450 from a peak of about 4,800 on 8 April. She said that in London, which appears to be well ahead of the rest of the country, the number of patients has fallen for seven consecutive days and she hoped to see that replicated across the UK.
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. The government has said that making sure the NHS can cope with a second peak of the virus is one of the five conditions that must be met.
"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.
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.
On Sunday it emerged that a PPE delivery from Turkey, which includes some 400,000 gowns, has been delayed.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, delivering the government's daily update on Sunday, insisted that the shipment would arrive on Monday.