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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 29,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and at least 2,352 people, who have tested positive for the virus, have died. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK is on the rise, with more than 29,000 now testing positive across the country. At least 2,352 people confirmed to have had the the virus have died.
More than 120,000 people in the UK have been tested for the virus and found not to have it. The actual number of people with the respiratory infection in the country is estimated to be much higher. The actual number of people with the respiratory infection in the UK is estimated to be much higher though - as only those in hospital are currently tested.
More than 120,000 people in the UK have so far been tested and found not to have the virus.
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 responding.
1. UK cases climbing 1. The number of UK cases is on the rise
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.
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.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 563 to 2,352.
The majority of those who have died of coronavirus in the UK have been in England, with more than 2,100 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.
On 23 March 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. A number of temporary "Nightingale hospitals" are being set up across the country to increase the NHS's ability to deal with the crisis.
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. The new hospitals will treat patients in makeshift critical care units at the ExCel exhibition centre in east London, the NEC centre in Birmingham, Manchester's Central Complex conference centre, the SEC Centre in Glasgow and the Belfast City Hospital. Another hospital will also be established at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff - though this is not classed as a Nightingale facility.
Prof Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, confirmed the NHS is now testing 10,000 people per day. The government is committed to increasing that number - the target is 25,000 per day by mid-April.
At the moment, the number of confirmed cases and deaths in the UK remains lower than some other European countries. For example, in Italy there have been more than 105,000 confirmed cases and more than 13,000 deaths. But while the increase in the number of deaths each day appears to be slowing in Italy, in the UK the number is still doubling every two to three days.
Globally, authorities have confirmed more than 870,000 cases of the coronavirus and 43,000 deaths.
2. London has seen the most deaths
Most of the deaths in the UK have been in England, primarily in London. The capital has seen more than 700 fatalities so far.
There are almost 11,000 people being treated in hospital at the moment, according to figures released during the daily government news conference, with the largest numbers in London and West Midlands.
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.
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. 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.
3. We are in the second phase of the government's response Globally, authorities have confirmed more than 938,000 cases of the coronavirus and 47,000 deaths.
About half the global cases have been in Europe.
2. UK deaths are also increasing
The number of people confirmed to have had coronavirus and died has risen by 563 to 2,352.
The majority of those who have died having had coronavirus in the UK have been in England, with more than 2,100 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.
London has seen a large proportion of the deaths, with more than 700 fatalities so far.
There are almost 11,000 people currently being treated in hospital for coronavirus, according to figures released during the government news conference on Wednesday, with the largest numbers in London and West Midlands.
Most deaths have been among the elderly.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show 76 out of 103 deaths in the week to 20 March were among people aged over 75.
The UK's overall death figure, which is confirmed cases reported up to 17:00 BST the previous day, only includes people who died in hospital and tested positive for coronavirus.
It does not include deaths in the community, for example in care homes, or people who have died in their own homes.
This means that the true death toll will be higher.
3. But UK deaths are lower than other countries
At the moment, the number of confirmed cases and deaths in the UK remains lower than some other European countries.
For example, in Italy there have been more than 110,000 confirmed cases and more than 13,000 deaths.
But while the increase in the number of deaths each day appears to be slowing in Italy, in the UK the number is still doubling every two to three days.
3. We are testing more people, but not as many as other countries
Increasing the number of people being tested for coronavirus will play a key part in analysing its spread in the UK.
The government has faced criticism over 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 been reserved for seriously ill patients in hospital.
Prof Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, confirmed the NHS is now testing 10,000 people per day.
The government has committed to increasing that number - the target is 25,000 per day by mid-April.
However, the UK is behind other countries.
South Korea, for example, has been able to test far more widely than the UK.
Despite having a slightly smaller population than the UK, it has twice as many labs and about two-and-a-half times the weekly testing capacity.
Testing depends not just on the number of labs, but on the availability of machines, test kits and the chemicals these kits need to work. These components are in high demand globally.
South Korea acted quickly to approve the production of testing kits, allowing it to build up a stockpile.
Italy and the US have also shown improvements in their testing capacity.
4. 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. 5. People who think they have coronavirus are asked to 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, 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.