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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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More than 9,529 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK, but the actual number of cases is estimated to be much higher. More than 11,658 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK, but the actual number of cases is estimated to be much higher.
So far 463 people who tested positive for the respiratory infection have died. Latest figures - up to 5pm on 25 March - indicate 578 people who tested positive for the respiratory infection have died.
More than 87,400 people in the UK have been tested for the virus but were found not to have it. More than 93,000 people in the UK have been tested for the virus but were found not to have it.
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 virus 1. UK cases climbing
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.
The number of new deaths decreased for the first time on Wednesday. It is too soon to know whether this is due to a change in the spread of the virus or how deaths are being reported by Public Health England (PHE). Numbers are now increasing rapidly and Thursday saw daily confirmed cases jump by more than 500, compared with the previous day.
Most of the cases in the UK are in England, primarily in London. England has at least 7,973 confirmed cases. Scotland has 719, Wales 628 and Northern Ireland has 209, according to PHE's latest figures. Most of the cases in the UK are in England, primarily in London.
In a bid to slow the virus's spread, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged everyone to stay at home. He said police would be given powers to fine people deliberately flouting the new restrictions, which would last for an initial period of three weeks. According to figures from 25 March, England has at least 7,973 confirmed cases. Scotland has 719, Wales 628 and Northern Ireland has 209.
Most shops, apart from those selling food and medicines, have now closed. Schools have shut their doors, except for vulnerable pupils or children of key workers. Cafes, bars, leisure centres and other social venues have also been told to shut. The government has introduced a series of restrictions on people's movement in a bid to slow the virus's spread.
The government had earlier asked people to work from home where possible and halt all unnecessary travel. UK figures are currently lower than some other European countries, such as Italy, for example, where there have been more than 74,000 cases and more than 7,500 deaths.
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. Globally, authorities have confirmed more than 511,000 cases of the coronavirus and more than 23,000 deaths.
UK figures are currently lower than some other European countries, such as Italy, for example, where there have been more than 74,000 cases and more than 7,500 deaths, according to 26 March figures from the Johns Hopkins University.
Globally, authorities have confirmed more than 470,000 cases of the coronavirus and more than 21,300 deaths.
2. London has seen the most deaths2. London has seen the most deaths
The capital has experienced the highest number of deaths, with figures reaching almost 170 by Thursday. The capital has experienced the highest number of deaths, with 184 by Thursday.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged workers to stay at home and said public transport should only be used by key workers and preferably not at peak times. He said doing this "will save Londoners' lives". London hospitals are facing a "tsunami" of coronavirus cases and are beginning to run out of intensive care beds, according to Chris Hopson, of NHS Providers, which represents hospitals.
The ExCel exhibition centre in east London is being converted into a field hospital which could eventually hold up to 4,000 patients.
3. We are in the second phase of the government's response3. We are in the second phase of the government's response
The government's action plan for dealing with the virus involves three phases - contain; delay; mitigate - alongside ongoing research.The government's action plan for dealing with the virus involves three phases - contain; delay; mitigate - alongside ongoing research.
After trying to contain the disease, the country moved to the "delay" phase on 12 March to stop the wider spread of the virus.After trying to contain the disease, the country moved to the "delay" phase on 12 March to stop the wider spread of the virus.
The government announced tougher restrictions on peoples' movements.
Even if you have no symptoms, the government says you should:Even if you have no symptoms, the government says you should:
Police have been given powers to fine people deliberately flouting the restrictions, with increasing penalties for repeat offenders.
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.
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.
Retired NHS staff have been asked to return to work. A government appeal for 250,000 volunteers to help deliver foods and medicines for the vulnerable prompted more than 405,000 responses in 24 hours. Mr Johnson said they would play a crucial role in helping fight the virus. Retired NHS staff have been asked to return to work. A government appeal for 250,000 volunteers to help deliver foods and medicines for the vulnerable prompted more than 405,000 responses in 24 hours.
4. People who think they have coronavirus should self-isolate4. 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, you should keep at least 2m away from them and 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, you should keep at least 2m away from them and 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.