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There have been more than 312,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and over 43,000 people have died, government figures show. There have been more than 313,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and almost 44,000 people have died, government figures show.
These numbers only include people who have been tested, and the total number of deaths relating to coronavirus is likely to be higher.These numbers only include people who have been tested, and the total number of deaths relating to coronavirus is likely to be higher.
However, the number of deaths from all causes registered in a single week has fallen below the five-year average for the first time since mid-March, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published on Tuesday. New cases decline - but concern over hotspots
Across the country, the number of newly confirmed cases each day has been falling since a peak in April.
But the virus is spreading more quickly in some areas than others, causing localised hotspots.
The government announced it was re-imposing lockdown measures in Leicester on Monday, after it was revealed that 140 out of every 100,000 people were testing positive in the week to 21 June, by far the highest in England.
Other local authorities which have seen higher rates of positive tests include Bradford, Barnsley and Rochdale with between 53 and 69 positive cases per 100,000.
Until recently, the only figures available to local authorities were the results of hospital testing. However, more testing is now taking place in the wider community.
The Department of Health says a data-sharing agreement has now been reached with local authorities, which will give them access to the number of people testing positive in the community in their area.
It should mean that new hotspots can be quickly identified and measures taken to restrict the spread of the disease.
The chart below shows how the growth in community testing (pale blue) has become more significant as positive hospital test results (dark blue) have declined.
Find out how the pandemic has affected your area and how it compares with the national average:
Public Health England figures on coronavirus cases include people tested in hospitals and healthcare workers. Figures for the rest of the UK also include people in the wider population.
If you can't see the look-up click here.
Figures released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the number of deaths from all causes registered in a single week has fallen below the five-year average for the first time since mid-March.
The new coronavirus, which causes the disease Covid-19, 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.The new coronavirus, which causes the disease Covid-19, 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.
Lockdown restrictions came into force across the UK at the end of that month. The number of new cases came to a peak mid-April and have been falling steadily since.Lockdown restrictions came into force across the UK at the end of that month. The number of new cases came to a peak mid-April and have been falling steadily since.
The number of deaths as a result of the virus can be measured in three ways. The government's daily announcement counts deaths with a positive test result.The number of deaths as a result of the virus can be measured in three ways. The government's daily announcement counts deaths with a positive test result.
But the ONS also counts death certificates mentioning the virus. This measure suggests there had been almost 54,000 deaths by 19 June.But the ONS also counts death certificates mentioning the virus. This measure suggests there had been almost 54,000 deaths by 19 June.
When looking at deaths over and above the expected number for this time of year - the third way of measuring - the coronavirus death toll rises to more than 65,000 by the same date.When looking at deaths over and above the expected number for this time of year - the third way of measuring - the coronavirus death toll rises to more than 65,000 by the same date.
Some of these deaths are likely to include people with undiagnosed coronavirus or those who died as an indirect result of the pandemic.Some of these deaths are likely to include people with undiagnosed coronavirus or those who died as an indirect result of the pandemic.
Coronavirus accounted for about 8% of all deaths in the UK in the week to 19 June, according to death registration data - a drop from 11% the previous week.Coronavirus accounted for about 8% of all deaths in the UK in the week to 19 June, according to death registration data - a drop from 11% the previous week.
In the week to 17 April, when deaths from the virus reached their peak, this figure was just under 40%.In the week to 17 April, when deaths from the virus reached their peak, this figure was just under 40%.
Find out how the pandemic has affected your area and how it compares with the national average:
Public Health England figures on coronavirus cases include people tested in hospitals and healthcare workers. Figures for the rest of the UK also include people in the wider population.
If you can't see the look-up click here.
Stall in downward trend of daily deathsStall in downward trend of daily deaths
Government-announced deaths from coronavirus peaked mid-April and have been steadily falling since, though the downward trend seems to have slowed in recent days.Government-announced deaths from coronavirus peaked mid-April and have been steadily falling since, though the downward trend seems to have slowed in recent days.
On Tuesday, the government announced a further 155 deaths in the UK. On Wednesday, the government announced a further 176 deaths in the UK.
The UK has the highest official death toll in Europe and the third highest in the world, after the US and Brazil.The UK has the highest official death toll in Europe and the third highest in the world, after the US and Brazil.
The government has argued it is too soon to make definitive international comparisons but, as the impact of the first wave becomes clear in many countries, analysis is beginning to suggest the UK has been the hardest hit of the leading G7 nations.The government has argued it is too soon to make definitive international comparisons but, as the impact of the first wave becomes clear in many countries, analysis is beginning to suggest the UK has been the hardest hit of the leading G7 nations.
The majority of the UK's deaths have been in England, with about 39,000 so far - around 90% of the total for the UK.The majority of the UK's deaths have been in England, with about 39,000 so far - around 90% of the total for the UK.
Scotland reported three deaths on Tuesday, after four days with no deaths recorded, taking the overall death toll to 2,485. Data on death registrations from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) suggests there had been 4,119 deaths by 21 June. Scotland reported one death on Wednesday, taking the overall death toll to 2,486. Data on death registrations from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) suggests there had been 4,155 deaths by 28 June.
Both sets of figures show the number of new deaths related to coronavirus in Scotland has been declining for seven weeks. The NRS says the number of people dying in Scotland in the week to 28 June was slightly below the five-year average, representing a return to normal levels for the first time since the pandemic began.
Wales has recorded 1,510 deaths and Northern Ireland 551. Wales has recorded 1,516 deaths and Northern Ireland 551.
New cases decline - but concern over hotspots
Although the number of newly confirmed cases each day has been falling since a peak in April, there is still the risk of localised hotspots.
In Leicester, almost 30% of the city's total number of coronavirus cases were reported in the two weeks to 23 June - and the government has re-imposed lockdown measures there.
Cases were originally concentrated in London, the Midlands and the North West, but Wales and parts of Scotland and the North East of England have also seen a high proportions of cases.
What is the R number in the UK?What is the R number in the UK?
The "R number" is the average number of people an infected person will pass the disease on to.The "R number" is the average number of people an infected person will pass the disease on to.
If R is below one, then the number of people contracting the disease will fall; if it is above one, the number will grow.If R is below one, then the number of people contracting the disease will fall; if it is above one, the number will grow.
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, known as Sage, believes the R number across the whole of the UK is currently between 0.7 and 0.9.The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, known as Sage, believes the R number across the whole of the UK is currently between 0.7 and 0.9.
The government says England itself is also between 0.7 and 0.9, but slightly higher in the North West, where it's between 0.7 and 1.0.The government says England itself is also between 0.7 and 0.9, but slightly higher in the North West, where it's between 0.7 and 1.0.
The estimate for Scotland is between 0.6 and 0.8. In Northern Ireland, it is between 0.6 and 0.9, while it is between 0.7 and 1.0 in Wales.The estimate for Scotland is between 0.6 and 0.8. In Northern Ireland, it is between 0.6 and 0.9, while it is between 0.7 and 1.0 in Wales.
The government has said that the R number is one of the most important factors in deciding when lockdown measures can be eased.The government has said that the R number is one of the most important factors in deciding when lockdown measures can be eased.
Testing now available to more peopleTesting now available to more people
The UK exceeded its target to increase testing capacity to 200,000 a day by the end of May.The UK exceeded its target to increase testing capacity to 200,000 a day by the end of May.
However, the UK Statistics Authority has criticised how the data has been presented, saying the aim appeared to be to show "the largest possible number of tests, even at the expense of understanding".However, the UK Statistics Authority has criticised how the data has been presented, saying the aim appeared to be to show "the largest possible number of tests, even at the expense of understanding".
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he would look at ways the information could be "improved".Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he would look at ways the information could be "improved".
The government announced there were 133,467 tests processed or posted in the 24 hours to 09:00 on Tuesday. This figure does not represent the number of people tested, as some are tested more than once. The government announced there were 226,398 tests processed or posted in the 24 hours to 09:00 on Wednesday. This figure does not represent the number of people tested, as some are tested more than once.
At least two million people have been tested for coronavirus in the UK - but the government has been unable to provide an updated figure for the total number of people tested since 22 May.At least two million people have been tested for coronavirus in the UK - but the government has been unable to provide an updated figure for the total number of people tested since 22 May.
Who is most at risk from coronavirus?Who is most at risk from coronavirus?
Most recorded coronavirus deaths have been among the elderly, with NHS England figures showing more than half of deaths have been among people aged over 80.Most recorded coronavirus deaths have been among the elderly, with NHS England figures showing more than half of deaths have been among people aged over 80.
The disease appears to disproportionally affect men in their 50s and 60s, and the death rate for men outstrips women across all age ranges.The disease appears to disproportionally affect men in their 50s and 60s, and the death rate for men outstrips women across all age ranges.
People with underlying health conditions are also at greater risk regardless of age.People with underlying health conditions are also at greater risk regardless of age.
Research by Public Health England (PHE) has also found that people from ethnic minorities have a much higher risk of dying from coronavirus than people of white British ethnicity. But it is still not clear why - the study did not take into account occupations or obesity, which are also known to be high risk factors.Research by Public Health England (PHE) has also found that people from ethnic minorities have a much higher risk of dying from coronavirus than people of white British ethnicity. But it is still not clear why - the study did not take into account occupations or obesity, which are also known to be high risk factors.
Another study found that South Asian people were the most likely to die from coronavirus after being admitted to hospital. It is the only ethnic group to have a raised risk of death in hospital, which researchers believe is partly due to high levels of diabetes.Another study found that South Asian people were the most likely to die from coronavirus after being admitted to hospital. It is the only ethnic group to have a raised risk of death in hospital, which researchers believe is partly due to high levels of diabetes.
The most deprived parts of England and Wales have been hit twice as hard by coronavirus as wealthier areas, according to the ONS. Urban areas were worse affected than rural areas and London had significantly more deaths from coronavirus per 100,000 people than any other region, when standardised for age.The most deprived parts of England and Wales have been hit twice as hard by coronavirus as wealthier areas, according to the ONS. Urban areas were worse affected than rural areas and London had significantly more deaths from coronavirus per 100,000 people than any other region, when standardised for age.
See the full ONS release here.
Most hospitals seeing fewer coronavirus patientsMost hospitals seeing fewer coronavirus patients
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.
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.