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There are more than 240,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 34,000 people have lost their lives, government figures show. There are more than 245,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 34,000 people have lost their lives, government figures show.
However, the total number of deaths relating to coronavirus is thought to be higher, with Office for National Statistics (ONS) data suggesting there had already been more than 36,000 such deaths by the beginning of May.However, the total number of deaths relating to coronavirus is thought to be higher, with Office for National Statistics (ONS) data suggesting there had already been more than 36,000 such deaths by the beginning of May.
The number of new daily confirmed cases has been falling since a peak in April, despite an increase in the number of people being tested.The number of new daily confirmed cases has been falling since a peak in April, despite an increase in the number of people being tested.
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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 by the second half of 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 and many experts say 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 and many experts say it is too soon to make international comparisons.
Another 170 deaths were announced on Saturday, bringing the official government total number of deaths in the UK to 34,636. Another 160 deaths were announced on Monday, bringing the official government total number of deaths in the UK to 34,796.
The majority of the UK's deaths have been in England, with more than 30,000 so far - about 90% of the total for the UK.The majority of the UK's deaths have been in England, with more than 30,000 so far - about 90% of the total for the UK.
In Scotland, the official government figure for deaths is 2,103, but data on death registrations from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) suggests it is at least 3,213. In Scotland, the official government figure for deaths is 2,105, but data on death registrations from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) suggests it is at least 3,213.
In Wales, the death toll stands at 1,203, while there have been 473 deaths in Northern Ireland. In Wales, the death toll stands at 1,207, while there have been 482 deaths in Northern Ireland.
However, the actual overall UK death toll is thought to be higher than suggested by government figures, which only count those who have tested positive for the virus.However, the actual overall UK death toll is thought to be higher than suggested by government figures, which only count those who have tested positive for the virus.
Data from the ONS - which looks at all death certificates mentioning Covid-19 - puts the number at more than 36,000 in the week ending 1 May.Data from the ONS - which looks at all death certificates mentioning Covid-19 - puts the number at more than 36,000 in the week ending 1 May.
And separate data that records the number of people who have died over and above the expected total for this time of year suggests the number of excess deaths could have been more than 50,000 by the same date.And separate data that records the number of people who have died over and above the expected total for this time of year suggests the number of excess deaths could have been more than 50,000 by the same date.
This figure is likely to include undiagnosed coronavirus deaths, as well as others indirectly caused by the pandemic.This figure is likely to include undiagnosed coronavirus deaths, as well as others indirectly caused by the pandemic.
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.
ONS data has also suggested people living in more deprived areas of England and Wales are more likely to die with coronavirus than those in more affluent places. Figures released by NHS England show more than half of deaths have been among people aged over 80, while ONS data suggests more than a quarter of all coronavirus-related deaths in Britain have happened in care homes.
In addition, ONS analysis found black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die with coronavirus as white people, with the risk persisting after taking into account age, where people live and some measures of deprivation and prior health.
Quarter of coronavirus deaths have been in care homes
The ONS, which has provided the best picture so far of the impact on care homes, suggests that more than a quarter of all coronavirus-related deaths in Britain have happened in such homes.
Up to 1 May, there had been more than 8,300 deaths in care homes in England and Wales where coronavirus was written on the death certificate, according to the ONS.Up to 1 May, there had been more than 8,300 deaths in care homes in England and Wales where coronavirus was written on the death certificate, according to the ONS.
In Scotland, 1,438 people had died in care homes by this time - 45% of all deaths. Northern Ireland currently does not produce similar breakdowns. ONS data has also suggested people living in more deprived areas of England and Wales are more likely to die with coronavirus than those in more affluent places.
The latest figures on care homes published on Tuesday suggest that deaths in such homes have now begun to fall. In addition, ONS analysis found black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die as white people, with the risk persisting after taking into account age, where people live and some measures of deprivation and prior health.
However, additional data released on Friday suggests that almost a third (28%) of the deaths of care home residents actually happened in hospitals, so would not have been counted in the above data. This adds more than 3,400 deaths of care home residents to the overall care home death toll. What is the infection rate at the moment?
Despite the number of cases falling, the infection rate in the UK could have risen again, according to official government scientific advice.
The latest "R-number" sits between 0.7 and 1.0, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) group of advisors said on Friday.
This number is the average number of people an infected person will pass the disease on to.
If R is below 1 then the number of people contracting the disease is falling; if it is above one, the number is growing.
Due to the way that the number is calculated it is already 2-3 weeks out-of-date and so the figures do not cover the period after the changes to lockdown announced last week.
In England, Public Health England estimate the number to be 0.72-0.77, in Scotland the estimate is between 0.7 and 1.0, in Northern Ireland it is just above 0.7.
Wales has not released an official estimate but the Chief Executive of the NHS in Wales, Dr Andrew Goodall, has said it is below 1.
Daily confirmed cases are fallingDaily confirmed cases are falling
The number of daily confirmed cases of coronavirus has been falling over the past week from peaks of more than 6,000 confirmed in a single day. Although the infection rate could be increasing, the number of daily confirmed cases of coronavirus has been falling over the past week from peaks of more than 6,000 in previous weeks.
A further 3,142 were announced on Sunday. A further 2,684 cases were announced on Monday.
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.
Despite the number of cases falling, the infection rate in the UK could have risen again, according to official government scientific advice.
The crucial "R-number" sits between 0.7 and 1.0, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) group of advisors said on Friday, meaning the number of people on average an infected person will pass the virus to could be close to one - the point where cases could increase again.
The R-number had been sitting between 0.5 and 0.9.
The revised figures do not factor in the changes to lockdown announced last week.
The number of hospital patients with coronavirus is also fallingThe number of hospital patients with coronavirus is also falling
The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 has been gradually declining since a peak over Easter.The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 has been gradually declining since a peak over Easter.
On Sunday, the government said the number of people in hospital with coronavirus had fallen to 10,035 down from almost 12,000 on the same day last week. On Monday, the government said the number of people in hospital with coronavirus had fallen to 9,408 down from almost 11,000 on the same day last week.
However, the picture is different across the UK's nations and regions, with numbers falling faster in some areas than others.However, the picture is different across the UK's nations and regions, with numbers falling faster in some areas than others.
Testing people with symptomsTesting people with symptoms
The latest figures on testing for coronavirus in the UK show that more than one and a half million people have now been tested.The latest figures on testing for coronavirus in the UK show that more than one and a half million people have now been tested.
On Saturday the government announced there had been more than 136,000 tests in a single day - the highest so far. On Sunday that figure was down to just over 91,000 in 24 hours, though figures from Northern Ireland were not included due to a problem with the reporting of their statistics. On Saturday the government announced there had been more than 136,000 tests in a single day - the highest so far.
The daily total 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.The daily total 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.
When it set out to rapidly increase the country's testing capacity at the beginning of April, the UK government pledged to carry out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of the month. On Monday Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that anyone over 5 years of age and displaying symptoms could now arrange a coronavirus test.
The target has only been hit six times since the end of April - three of those have been in the last few days. All residents and staff in care homes in England, and patients and staff in the NHS can already book tests regardless of whether they have symptoms.
People over 65 and those who must leave home to work, as well as those they live with, can book coronavirus tests. The prime minister has set a target for a daily capacity of 200,000 by the end of May - although some health professionals have raised concerns over the accuracy of tests and how long it takes to get results.
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 is essential for the government's strategy to "test, track and trace" potential coronavirus cases.Increased testing is essential for 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.