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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 219,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK and more than 31,800 people have died.There are now more than 219,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK and more than 31,800 people have died.
The actual number of cases is estimated to be higher because testing was limited to hospital patients and NHS and care home staff until recently.The actual number of cases is estimated to be higher because testing was limited to hospital patients and NHS and care home staff until recently.
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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UK coronavirus deaths fallUK coronavirus deaths fall
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 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 mid-late March.
Although strict social distancing measures introduced at the end of March have helped bring the daily death toll down, the UK now has the highest official death toll in Europe and the second highest in the world. However, the government says it is too soon to make international comparisons.Although strict social distancing measures introduced at the end of March have helped bring the daily death toll down, the UK now has the highest official death toll in Europe and the second highest in the world. However, the government says it is too soon to make international comparisons.
Another 269 deaths were announced on Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths in the UK to 31,855.Another 269 deaths were announced on Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths in the UK to 31,855.
The majority of the UK's deaths have been in England, with 28,467 so far. The death toll in Wales stands at 1,111 and Northern Ireland at 435.The majority of the UK's deaths have been in England, with 28,467 so far. The death toll in Wales stands at 1,111 and Northern Ireland at 435.
In Scotland, the official government figure for deaths is 1,857, but data from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) suggests it could be closer to 3,000.In Scotland, the official government figure for deaths is 1,857, but data from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) suggests it could be closer to 3,000.
Recent data from the Office for National Statistics, which has provided the best picture so far of the impact on care homes, suggests that more than a fifth of all coronavirus-related deaths are happening in such homes.Recent data from the Office for National Statistics, which has provided the best picture so far of the impact on care homes, suggests that more than a fifth of all coronavirus-related deaths are happening in such homes.
Figures published on Tuesday show that deaths in care homes are continuing to rise. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, care homes have overtaken hospitals as the place where most coronavirus deaths happen.Figures published on Tuesday show that deaths in care homes are continuing to rise. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, care homes have overtaken hospitals as the place where most coronavirus deaths happen.
There is a slight time lag in the figures, which date back to 24 April, because the ONS relies on information from death certificates, rather than positive tests.There is a slight time lag in the figures, which date back to 24 April, because the ONS relies on information from death certificates, rather than positive tests.
Testing below government targetTesting below government target
The UK government pledged to carry out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of April.The UK government pledged to carry out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of April.
However, only 92,837 tests were provided in the 24 hours up to 09:00 BST on Sunday, meaning the government has now missed its 100,000-a-day target for more than a week.However, only 92,837 tests were provided in the 24 hours up to 09:00 BST on Sunday, meaning the government has now missed its 100,000-a-day target for more than a week.
That figure includes 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.That figure includes 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.
People over 65 and those who must leave home to work, as well as those they live with, can now book coronavirus tests.People over 65 and those who must leave home to work, as well as those they live with, can now book coronavirus tests.
All residents and staff in care homes in England, and patients and staff in the NHS, are also eligible, regardless of whether they have symptoms.All residents and staff in care homes in England, and patients and staff in the NHS, are also eligible, regardless of whether they have symptoms.
Increased testing forms part of the government's strategy to "test, track and trace" potential coronavirus cases.Increased testing forms part of the government's strategy to "test, track and trace" potential coronavirus cases.
As part of this plan, an app is being piloted on the Isle of Wight which alerts people that they may have been exposed to a potential coronavirus case.As part of this plan, an app is being piloted on the Isle of Wight which alerts people that they may have been exposed to a potential coronavirus case.
What is the UK's test, track and trace strategy?What is the UK's test, track and trace strategy?
Daily cases holding steadyDaily cases holding steady
The numbers of confirmed daily cases had been on a downward trend until a jump on Wednesday and Thursday this week.The numbers of confirmed daily cases had been on a downward trend until a jump on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
Sunday saw an increase of 3,923 cases - down from Friday's 4,649 infections.Sunday saw an increase of 3,923 cases - down from Friday's 4,649 infections.
BBC health correspondent Nick Triggle said the rise earlier this week was probably due to an increase in testing rather than the rate of infection going up.BBC health correspondent Nick Triggle said the rise earlier this week was probably due to an increase in testing rather than the rate of infection going up.
All the indications - from hospital admissions to deaths - show the number of infections have been falling for some time, he added.All the indications - from hospital admissions to deaths - show the number of infections have been falling for some time, he added.
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 the North West and North East also have a high proportions of cases.But South Wales and parts of the North West and North East also have a high proportions of cases.
The number of hospital patients has fallen
On Saturday the government said the number of people in hospital with coronavirus had fallen to 11,809, a 17% decline from the same day last week.
Figures have been gradually declining since a peak over Easter.
London's Nightingale Hospital, which opened on 3 April with space for 4,000 beds to treat Covid-19 patients, is being mothballed in the coming days, and will no longer be admitting patients.
The government has said 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.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address the country from Downing Street on Sunday evening, setting out a "roadmap, a menu of options" - in his words - for how England might begin to ease the current lockdown.
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, figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest.People living in more deprived areas of England and Wales are more likely to die with coronavirus than those in more affluent places, 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.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.
Regional data suggests the daily numbers of deaths is declining fastest in London, but other parts of England and Wales are also now seeing a decline.Regional data suggests the daily numbers of deaths is declining fastest in London, but other parts of England and Wales are also now seeing a decline.
London and the Midlands have seen the highest death tolls. Northern Ireland and the south west of England have seen the smallest.London and the Midlands have seen the highest death tolls. Northern Ireland and the south west of England have seen the smallest.
New research in England and Wales has also suggested that black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die with coronavirus as white people.New research in England and Wales has also suggested that black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die with coronavirus as white people.
The ONS analysis shows the inequality persists after taking into account age, where people live and some measures of deprivation and prior health.The ONS analysis shows the inequality persists after taking into account age, where people live and some measures of deprivation and prior health.
People from Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities also had a significantly higher risk of dying.People from Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities also had a significantly higher risk of dying.
The number of hospital patients has fallen
On Saturday, the government said the number of people in hospital with coronavirus had fallen to 11,809, a 17% decline from the same day last week.
Figures have been gradually declining since a peak over Easter.
London's Nightingale Hospital, which opened on 3 April with space for 4,000 beds to treat Covid-19 patients, is being mothballed in the coming days, and will no longer be admitting patients.
The government has said 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.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a "conditional plan" to ease lockdown restrictions and allow people in England to spend more time outdoors.
He said a new Covid Alert System with five levels would govern how quickly lockdown restrictions could be eased.