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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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There are now more than 157,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK and more than 21,000 people with the virus have died. There are now more than 161,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK and more than 21,000 people with the virus have died.
The actual number of cases is estimated to be much higher though - up until recently it was mostly those in hospital and some NHS and care staff who were being tested. The actual number of cases is estimated to be much higher though - until recently it was mostly just those in hospital and some NHS and care staff who were being tested.
More than half a million people have been tested for coronavirus so far.More than half a million people have been tested for coronavirus so far.
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.
Find out how many people have confirmed cases in your area:Find out how many people have confirmed cases in your area:
If you can't see the look-up click here.If you can't see the look-up click here.
Northern Ireland cases by council area have not been made available since 20 April.Northern Ireland cases by council area have not been made available since 20 April.
How many people have died?How many people have died?
The new coronavirus was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January, but the number of daily confirmed cases and related deaths only began to increase significantly by mid-late March.The new coronavirus was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January, but the number of daily confirmed cases and related deaths only began to increase significantly by mid-late March.
After strict social distancing measures were introduced at the end of March, the daily death toll continued to rise into April, before slowly starting to come down just before Easter.After strict social distancing measures were introduced at the end of March, the daily death toll continued to rise into April, before slowly starting to come down just before Easter.
An additional 586 deaths were announced on Tuesday, a substantial increase on Monday's figure of 360.
England's chief medical officer Chris Whitty warned on Monday that although the overall trend was one of "gradual decline", the UK was not yet "consistently" past the peak of deaths right across the country.England's chief medical officer Chris Whitty warned on Monday that although the overall trend was one of "gradual decline", the UK was not yet "consistently" past the peak of deaths right across the country.
The UK passed the grim milestone of 20,000 deaths over the weekend - something Home Secretary Priti Patel described as "tragic and terrible". From Wednesday the UK's overall coronavirus death toll will include deaths in care homes, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.
An additional 360 deaths were announced on Monday, following 413 on Sunday - both figures significantly down on recent daily numbers. Current figures only include deaths in hospital, but recent data suggests that up to a third of all coronavirus-related deaths are happening in care homes.
However, figures do sometimes vary widely from day to day and Prof Whitty said on Monday there was often an "artificial drop" over the weekend because of lower notification rates. The total number of people dying from all causes in hospitals and the community is double what would be expected for this time of year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics published on Tuesday.
The UK's overall death figure is almost entirely made up from those people who died in hospital and tested positive for the virus.
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 this reason, the true death toll of the virus could end up being higher.
On Tuesday, the Office for National Statistics said there had been some 18,500 deaths in the week up to 10 April - about 8,000 more than is normal at this time of year.
Although a third were linked to Covid-19, experts believe some of the remaining deaths may indicate an under-reporting of those that were coronavirus-related.
Daily new cases show slow fallDaily new cases show slow fall
Confirmed daily cases of the virus have also started to see a fall. Confirmed daily cases of the virus have continued to fall.
Monday's figure of 4,310 new cases was the seventh time in the past week that there were fewer than 5,000 new daily cases reported. Tuesday saw 3,996 new cases, a decline from Monday's figure of 4,310 - which was the seventh time in the past week where fewer than 5,000 new daily cases were reported.
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.
Cases were originally concentrated in London, the Midlands and the North West, according to official data.Cases were originally concentrated in London, the Midlands and the North West, according to official data.
But South Wales, parts of Scotland, including the Shetland Islands, and the North East of England now also have high proportions of cases.But South Wales, parts of Scotland, including the Shetland Islands, and the North East of England now also have high proportions of cases.
Patient numbers are gradually declining Patient numbers rise after slow fall
Along with cases and deaths, the number of people in hospital with coronavirus is also slowly falling. A total of 15,996 people are in hospital with coronavirus, the government said on Tuesday, a rise from 15,051 on Monday.
A total of 15,051 people were in hospital with coronavirus, the government said on Monday, down from 15,239 on Sunday. The increase comes after a trend of gradual decline over recent days.
Stephen Powis, medical director of NHS England, said on Monday that there was now a "decline in patients in hospital with Covid-19". The government has said making sure the NHS can cope with a second peak of the virus is one of the five conditions that must be met before lockdown is eased.
The government has said making sure the NHS can cope with a second peak of the virus is one of the five conditions that must be met.
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.
Testing remains well below the UK target Testing rises, but remains below UK target
The UK government pledged to carry out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of April - this Thursday - but only reached 37,000 on Monday. A total of 43,563 coronavirus tests were carried out on Tuesday, an increase on Monday's figure of 37,000.
Hospital patients, NHS and care staff, emergency services, care home residents and now 10 million key workers and their households in England can ask for a test. People over 65 and their households with symptoms, and anyone with symptoms who has to leave their home to work, can now book coronavirus tests, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Tuesday.
However, a new website for key workers to book coronavirus tests had to close to new applicants within hours of launching on Friday after it was massively oversubscribed. Home testing kits were over-subscribed within 20 minutes of being made available online on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. All residents and staff in care homes in England, and patients and staff in the NHS, will also now be eligible for tests, regardless of whether they have symptoms, Mr Hancock said.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told a Downing Street briefing on Monday that he was still confident of reaching the 100,000 target, which he said would be "big enough" to support the next phase of the government's strategy to "test, track and trace". The UK government has pledged to carry out 100,000 tests a day by the end of April - and Mr Hancock has said he is still confident of achieving that target,
Increasing the number of people being tested for coronavirus will play a key part in analysing its spread in the UK. This will allow the government to implement the next phase of its strategy to "test, track and trace" potential coronavirus cases.
In total, more than half a million people have now been tested. The total includes 50,499 results of negative tests carried out between 31 January and 24 April that were only published by the government on Saturday. In total, more than 763,000 people have now been tested.
Who is being most affected and where?Who is being most affected and where?
Most recorded coronavirus 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 recorded coronavirus 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 appears to be a "disproportionate impact" on those from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, according to Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick.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.
Black people account for 6% of coronavirus deaths in hospitals in England, but only around 3.5% of the population, according to BBC analysis.Black people account for 6% of coronavirus deaths in hospitals in England, but only around 3.5% of the population, according to BBC analysis.
Regional data suggests the daily numbers of deaths is declining fastest in London, but other parts of England are also now seeing a decline.Regional data suggests the daily numbers of deaths is declining fastest in London, but other parts of England are also now seeing a decline.
Overall, the majority of the deaths have been in England, with over 18,700 in hospitals so far. Overall, the majority of the deaths have been in England, with over 19,000 in hospitals so far.
London and the Midlands have seen the highest tolls, but the numbers in other regions have been going up more quickly in recent days.London and the Midlands have seen the highest tolls, but the numbers in other regions have been going up more quickly in recent days.
In Scotland, 1,262 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 796. Northern Ireland has seen 309 deaths in total. In Scotland, 1,332 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 813. Northern Ireland has seen 329 deaths in total.
The UK government says its lockdown measures are working, but five conditions must be met before the lockdown is eased. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking outside No 10 on Monday for the first time since recovering from the virus, said the country was "now beginning to turn the tide" on the disease and had "flattened the peak".
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking outside No 10 for the first time since recovering from the virus, said the country was "now beginning to turn the tide" on the disease and had "flattened the peak".
However, he urged people not to lose patience with the lockdown, saying the UK was at the "moment of maximum risk".However, he urged people not to lose patience with the lockdown, saying the UK was at the "moment of maximum risk".
On Wednesday, the government's chief medical advisor Chris Whitty said the UK would have to live with some disruptive social measures for at least the rest of the year.
He said it was "wholly unrealistic" to expect life to return to normal until there was a "highly effective vaccine" or drugs to treat the disease.