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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 171,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK and more than 26,700 people with the virus have died. There are now more than 177,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK and 27,510 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 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. The death toll of the virus
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 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. Another 739 daily deaths were announced on Friday.
In Scotland, 1,475 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 908. Northern Ireland has seen 347 deaths in total. On Thursday the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country was now "past the peak" of the disease and on the downwards slope.
At the daily media briefings, ministers have praised the sacrifice of NHS staff and other healthcare workers who have died, and underlined the tragedy of each death from coronavirus amongst the wider public.
In Scotland, 1,515 people who tested positive for the virus have died, while the figure in Wales is 925. Northern Ireland has seen 365 deaths and in England the figure is 24,763.
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 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. Testing exceeds government target
More than 122,000 tests were provided on Thursday according to figures released on Friday, significantly exceeding the government's 100,000 a day target.
The total figure included 40,000 test kits sent to individuals or to testing locations but not yet analysed or returned, as well as tests fully processed through the relevant UK labs.
Ministers have said that reaching the 100,000 a day testing target would allow the implementation of the next phase of the government's strategy to "test, track and trace" potential coronavirus cases.
The BBC's health editor Hugh Pym said that the expansion of testing capacity had been "rapid and impressive".
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.
All residents and staff in care homes in England, and patients and staff in the NHS, are eligible for tests, regardless of whether they have symptoms.
Large daily rise in cases
Confirmed daily cases of the virus have been on a downward trend, although Friday saw 6,201 new cases, the highest daily total since 5 April. However there has been a significant rise in the number of people tested.
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 the North East also have a high proportions of cases.
A total of 15,043 people are in hospital with coronavirus, the government said on Thursday, a fall from 15,359 on Wednesday. The number of hospital patients has fallen
On Friday the government announced that the number of people with coronavirus in UK hospitals had fallen from 17,492 to 15,094 over the previous week.
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.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 target
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 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.
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,
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?
People living in more deprived areas of England and Wales are more likely to die with coronavirus than those in more affluent places, new figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest.
ONS analysis shows there were 55 deaths for every 100,000 people in the poorest parts of England, compared with 25 in the wealthiest areas.
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. There also appears to be a disproportionate impact on those from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.
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 death tolls, but the numbers in other English regions have been going up more quickly in recent days.