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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 165,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK and more than 26,000 people with the virus have died. There are now more than 171,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK and more than 26,700 people with the virus have died.
The actual number of cases is estimated to be higher. Until recently it was mostly just those in hospital and some NHS and care staff who were being tested - but the testing programme is now being extended.The actual number of cases is estimated to be higher. Until recently it was mostly just those in hospital and some NHS and care staff who were being tested - but the testing programme is now being extended.
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:
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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.
Number of deaths jumps as community cases added Number of deaths falling
The new coronavirus was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January. Strict social distancing measures were introduced at the end of March, while the daily death toll continued to rise into April, before slowly starting to come down just before Easter.The new coronavirus was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January. Strict social distancing measures were introduced at the end of March, while the daily death toll continued to rise into April, before slowly starting to come down just before Easter.
Another 765 daily deaths were announced on Wednesday. The government also revealed that an additional 3,811 people had died in the wider community, including care homes, since 2 March, causing a big jump in the overall total number of deaths to more than 26,000. Another 674 daily deaths were announced on Wednesday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country was now "past the peak" of the disease and on the downwards slope. The PM, who appeared at the daily press briefing for the first time since falling sick with coronavirus himself, said there could have been 500,000 deaths if social distancing had not been introduced.
It is the first time deaths in the community in England have been included in the data. Figures for community deaths in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were already included. In Scotland, 1,475 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 908. Northern Ireland has seen 347 deaths in total.
In Scotland, 1,415 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 886. Northern Ireland has seen 338 deaths in total.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the daily coronavirus news conference that reducing infections in care homes had been a "challenge".
Recent data from the Office for National Statistics which has provided the best picture so far of the impact on care homes, suggests that up to a third of all coronavirus-related deaths are happening there.Recent data from the Office for National Statistics which has provided the best picture so far of the impact on care homes, suggests that up to a third of all coronavirus-related deaths are happening there.
Figures released on Tuesday by the ONS show 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. There is a slight time lag in the figures, which date back to 17 April, because the ONS relies on information from death certificates, rather than positive tests.Figures released on Tuesday by the ONS show 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. There is a slight time lag in the figures, which date back to 17 April, because the ONS relies on information from death certificates, rather than positive tests.
Confirmed daily cases of the virus have a downward trend, although Wednesday saw 4,076 new cases, a slight increase on Tuesday's total of 3,996. Confirmed daily cases of the virus have been on a downward trend, although Thursday saw 6,032 new cases, the highest daily total since 5 April when 6,000 were confirmed. However there has been a significant rise in the number of people tested.
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 and parts of Scotland also have high proportions of cases.But South Wales and parts of Scotland also have high proportions of cases.
A total of 15,356 people are in hospital with coronavirus, the government said on Wednesday, a fall from 15,996 on Tuesday. A total of 15,043 people are in hospital with coronavirus, the government said on Thursday, a fall from 15,359 on Wednesday.
Figures have been gradually declining since a peak over Easter. Figures have been gradually declining since a peak over Easter. After London, the North West is now the region with the second highest number of coronavirus patients.
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 before 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.
Testing rises, but remains below UK targetTesting rises, but remains below UK target
A total of 52,429 coronavirus tests were carried out on Wednesday, an increase on Tuesday's figure of 43,563. More than 81,000 coronavirus tests were carried on Wednesday according to figures released on Thursday, a huge increase on previous numbers but still short of the government's 100,000 a day target.
In total, more than 818,500 tests have been carried out on 632,794 people. In total, more than 901,905 tests have been carried out on 687,369 people.
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.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.
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.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.
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,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,
This will allow the government to implement the next phase of its strategy to "test, track and trace" potential coronavirus cases.This will allow the government to implement the next phase of its strategy to "test, track and trace" potential coronavirus cases.
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.
London and the Midlands have seen the highest tolls, but the numbers in other English regions have been going up more quickly in recent days.London and the Midlands have seen the highest tolls, but the numbers in other English regions have been going up more quickly in recent days.