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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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In the UK there are more than 25,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and at least 1,789 people, who have tested positive for the virus, have died. In the UK there are more than 29,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and at least 2,352 people, who have tested positive for the virus, have died.
More than 118,000 people in the UK have been tested for the virus but were found not to have it. The actual number of people with the respiratory infection in the country is estimated to be much higher.More than 118,000 people in the UK have been tested for the virus but were found not to have it. The actual number of people with the respiratory infection in the country is estimated to be much higher.
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. UK cases climbing1. 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.
How many confirmed cases are there in your area?
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.
Numbers are now increasing rapidly - the number of cases has increased by more than 3,000 since Monday, according to the Department of Health and Social Care. Numbers are now increasing rapidly - the number of cases has increased by more than 4,000 since Tuesday, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.
The number of deaths has risen by 381 to 1,789. The number of deaths has risen by 563 to 2,352.
There have been 1,651 deaths in England. The majority of the deaths in the UK have been in England, with over 2,000 recorded.
In Scotland, 60 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 69. Northern Ireland has seen a total of 28 deaths. In Scotland, 76 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 98. Northern Ireland has seen a total of 30 deaths.
A week ago the government introduced a series of restrictions on people's movement in a bid to slow the virus's spread. On 23 March the government introduced a series of restrictions on people's movement in a bid to slow the virus's spread.
Professor Stephen Powis, Medical Director of NHS England, said what appeared to be a slight slowing in the rate of new cases could be seen as "green shoots", but the next week or two would be critical in the battle against the virus.Professor Stephen Powis, Medical Director of NHS England, said what appeared to be a slight slowing in the rate of new cases could be seen as "green shoots", but the next week or two would be critical in the battle against the virus.
Increasing the number of people being tested for coronavirus will play a key part in analysing its spread.
The government has faced criticism for a shortage of testing, including the inability to test NHS staff who have symptoms but are unsure if they have the virus. In recent weeks, most of the tests have ben reserved for seriously ill patients in hospital.
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove confirmed the number of daily tests is around 10,000 and that the government is committed to increasing that number - the target is 25,000 per day by mid-April.
UK figures are currently lower than some other European countries, such as Italy, for example, where there have been more than 105,000 confirmed cases and more than 12,400 deaths.UK figures are currently lower than some other European countries, such as Italy, for example, where there have been more than 105,000 confirmed cases and more than 12,400 deaths.
Globally, authorities have confirmed more than 826,000 cases of the coronavirus and 40,700 deaths. How many confirmed cases are there in your area?
Globally, authorities have confirmed more than 870,000 cases of the coronavirus and 43,000 deaths.
2. London has seen the most deaths2. London has seen the most deaths
Most of the deaths in the UK have been in England, primarily in London. The capital has seen almost 600 fatalities so far. Most of the deaths in the UK have been in England, primarily in London. The capital has seen around 600 fatalities so far.
There are almost 4,000 people being treated in London hospitals, according to figures released during the daily government news conference on Tuesday.There are almost 4,000 people being treated in London hospitals, according to figures released during the daily government news conference on Tuesday.
The ExCel exhibition centre in east London is being converted into a field hospital which could eventually hold up to 4,000 patients.The ExCel exhibition centre in east London is being converted into a field hospital which could eventually hold up to 4,000 patients.
At least two further temporary hospitals are planned: one at the NEC centre in Birmingham that will house 5,000 beds and another at the Convention Complex in Manchester, which will have 1,000 beds.At least two further temporary hospitals are planned: one at the NEC centre in Birmingham that will house 5,000 beds and another at the Convention Complex in Manchester, which will have 1,000 beds.
Work has also started to turn part of Birmingham Airport into a mortuary able to store at least 1,500 bodies, should the death toll rise significantly.Work has also started to turn part of Birmingham Airport into a mortuary able to store at least 1,500 bodies, should the death toll rise significantly.
Most deaths have been among the elderly. Figures released by the ONS show 76 out of 103 deaths in the week to 20 March were in people aged over 75.Most deaths have been among the elderly. Figures released by the ONS show 76 out of 103 deaths in the week to 20 March were in people aged over 75.
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.
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.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 volunteers to help deliver food and medicine to the vulnerable has prompted more than 750,000 responses.Retired NHS staff have been asked to return to work. A government appeal for volunteers to help deliver food and medicine to the vulnerable has prompted more than 750,000 responses.
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.