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Coronavirus in UK: How many confirmed cases are there in your area? Coronavirus in UK: How many confirmed cases are there in your area?
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A total of 5,683 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK, a rise of more than 660 in a day. The actual number of cases is estimated to be much higher. More than 6,650 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK, but the actual number of cases is estimated to be much higher.
The number of deaths is now 281, according to the latest figures available. More than 72,600 other people in the UK have been tested for the respiratory infection but were found not to have it. The number of deaths is now 335, according to the latest figures available. More than 77,295 people in the UK have been tested for the respiratory infection but were found not to have it.
All schools in the UK have now closed, except for vulnerable pupils or children of key workers.
Cafes, bars, leisure centres and other social venues have also been told to close.
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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The following charts and graphics will help you understand the situation in the UK and how the authorities are dealing with it.The following charts and graphics will help you understand the situation in the UK and how the authorities are dealing with it.
1. The UK has increased measures to combat the virus1. The UK has increased measures to combat the virus
The new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.The new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.
While there were a number of people testing positive throughout February, figures in the UK began to increase at the beginning of March.While there were a number of people testing positive throughout February, figures in the UK began to increase at the beginning of March.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced further significant measures telling cafes, pubs and restaurants to close from Friday night, except for take-away food. In a bid to slow the virus's spread, all schools in the UK have now closed, except for vulnerable pupils or children of key workers. Cafes, bars, leisure centres and other social venues have also been told to shut.
Night clubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres were also told to close. The government had earlier asked people to work from home where possible and halt all unnecessary travel.
The government had already asked people to work from home where possible, halt all unnecessary travel, and asked those aged over 70 to self isolate at home in the coming weeks. Those aged over 70 have also been asked to self isolate at home over the coming weeks and letters are being sent to 1.5 million people in England who are most at risk of coronavirus, urging them to stay at home.
Letters are also being sent to 1.5 million people in England most at risk of coronavirus, urging them to stay at home.
UK figures are currently lower than some other European countries, such as Italy, for example, where there have been more than 59,000 cases and almost 5,500 deaths, according to 23 March figures from the Johns Hopkins University.UK figures are currently lower than some other European countries, such as Italy, for example, where there have been more than 59,000 cases and almost 5,500 deaths, according to 23 March figures from the Johns Hopkins University.
Globally, authorities have confirmed more than 350,000 cases of the coronavirus and more than 15,000 deaths. Globally, authorities have confirmed more than 360,000 cases of the coronavirus and more than 16,000 deaths.
2. We are in the second phase of the government's response 2. London has seen the most deaths
The capital has experienced the highest number of deaths, with figures reaching 129 on Monday.
London Underground passengers have been crowding on to Tube trains, despite warnings to limit non-essential travel.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged workers to stay at home and said public transport should only be used by key workers, otherwise "people will die".
South-east England and the West Midlands have the second and third highest number of deaths, with 45 and 44 respectively.
London has also seen the most cases of coronavirus of any region in the UK.
3. We are in the second phase of the government's response
The government has published its action plan for dealing with the virus, which involves three phases - contain; delay; mitigate - alongside ongoing research.The government has published its action plan for dealing with the virus, which involves three phases - contain; delay; mitigate - alongside ongoing research.
While the emphasis has been on the contain and research phases up until this week, the country has now moved to the "delay" phase to stop the wider spread of the virus. While the emphasis has been on the contain and research phases up until last week, the country has now moved to the "delay" phase to stop the wider spread of the virus.
How many confirmed cases are there in your area?
How many confirmed cases are there in your area?
As part of the delay phase, people with even mild coronavirus symptoms - defined as a temperature above 37.8 C or a "new, continuous" cough - are being asked to self-isolate at home for at least seven days to protect others and help slow the spread of the disease.As part of the delay phase, people with even mild coronavirus symptoms - defined as a temperature above 37.8 C or a "new, continuous" cough - are being asked to self-isolate at home for at least seven days to protect others and help slow the spread of the disease.
Even if you have no symptoms, the government says you should still:Even if you have no symptoms, the government says you should still:
The government is now encouraging self-isolation at home for over 70s, and those more vulnerable to the virus, for 12 weeks.The government is now encouraging self-isolation at home for over 70s, and those more vulnerable to the virus, for 12 weeks.
Mr Johnson said that through "determined collective action and scientific progress, we will turn the tide of this disease and beat it together".Mr Johnson said that through "determined collective action and scientific progress, we will turn the tide of this disease and beat it together".
British nationals should avoid all non-essential foreign travel to tackle the spread of coronavirus, the Foreign Office has advised.British nationals should avoid all non-essential foreign travel to tackle the spread of coronavirus, the Foreign Office has advised.
If the virus becomes even more widespread, the government may then decide to enter the third phase of mitigation, when health services are asked to focus on critical care and retired NHS staff could be asked to return to work.If the virus becomes even more widespread, the government may then decide to enter the third phase of mitigation, when health services are asked to focus on critical care and retired NHS staff could be asked to return to work.
3. People who think they have coronavirus should self-isolate 4. People who think they have coronavirus should self-isolate
Symptoms include a high temperature and a "new, continuous" cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).Symptoms include a high temperature and a "new, continuous" cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
If you think you have coronavirus you are advised not to go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Instead, you stay at home for seven days. If you live with other people - they should also stay home for 14 days to see if they develop symptoms.If you think you have coronavirus you are advised not to go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Instead, you stay at home for seven days. If you live with other people - they should also stay home for 14 days to see if they develop symptoms.
If your symptoms persist or worsen you should contact the NHS's dedicated 111 online coronavirus service or call 111.If your symptoms persist or worsen you should contact the NHS's dedicated 111 online coronavirus service or call 111.