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Coronavirus UK map: How many confirmed cases are there in your area? Coronavirus UK map: How many confirmed cases are there in your area?
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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK is on the rise, with more than 65,000 people now testing positive across the country. A total of 7,978 people confirmed to have had the virus have died. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK is on the rise, with more than 70,000 people now testing positive across the country. A total of 8,958 people confirmed to have had the virus have died.
The actual number of people with the respiratory infection in the UK is estimated to be much higher though - as only those in hospital and some NHS staff are currently tested.The actual number of people with the respiratory infection in the UK is estimated to be much higher though - as only those in hospital and some NHS staff are currently tested.
More than 240,000 people in the UK have so far been tested. Approximately a quarter of a million people have been tested for coronavirus.
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 responding.The following charts and graphics will help you understand the situation in the UK and how the authorities are responding.
1. UK deaths are still increasing1. UK deaths are still increasing
The number of people confirmed to have had coronavirus and died has risen by 881 to 7,978. The number of people confirmed to have had coronavirus and died has risen by 980 to 8,958.
That is the second highest daily death toll so far in the UK. That is the highest daily death toll so far in the UK.
It is still lower than expected if deaths had been following their long-term trend of doubling every three to four days. But the BBC's head of statistics Robert Cuffe says the growth in number of deaths has halved since last Saturday and is now growing at below 10% a day, compared to just over 20% a week ago.
The majority of the deaths have been in England, with 7,248 deaths in total. The majority of the deaths have been in England, with 8,114 deaths in total.
In Scotland, 447 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 286. Northern Ireland has seen a total of 82 deaths. In Scotland, 495 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 315. Northern Ireland has seen a total of 92 deaths.
Most deaths have been among the elderly. Most deaths have been among the elderly. Figures released by NHS England show more than half of deaths have been among people aged over 80.
Figures released by NHS England show more than half of deaths have been among people aged over 80.
The UK's overall death figure, which is confirmed cases reported up to 17:00 BST the previous day, is almost entirely made up from those people who died in hospital and tested positive for coronavirus.The UK's overall death figure, which is confirmed cases reported up to 17:00 BST the previous day, is almost entirely made up from those people who died in hospital and tested positive for coronavirus.
For the most part it does not include deaths in the community, for example in care homes, or people who have died in their own homes.For the most part 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.This means that the true death toll will be higher.
Most deaths so far have occurred in London, but the Midlands has also been badly affected.Most deaths so far have occurred in London, but the Midlands has also been badly affected.
2. The number of UK cases is not escalating2. The number of UK cases is not escalating
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 confirmed cases shot up to nearly 5,500 on Wednesday but fell to around 4,300 on Thursday, according to the Department of Health and Social Care. The number of new confirmed cases fell to around 4,300 on Thursday, then rose again to almost 5,200 on Friday, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.
The government also released figures, for the first time on Friday, of wider testing on key workers and their households.
When these statistics are included the total number of daily positive tests rises to 5,706, bringing the total number of positive cases is 73,758.
The government plans to include these figures, so-called pillar 2 tests, in its daily updates from now on.
A number of temporary "Nightingale hospitals" are being set up across the country to increase the NHS's ability to deal with the crisis.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 new hospitals will treat patients in makeshift critical care units at:The new hospitals will treat patients in makeshift critical care units at:
Another hospital will also be established at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff - though this is not classed as a Nightingale facility.Another hospital will also be established at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff - though this is not classed as a Nightingale facility.
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.
3. UK deaths are lower than other countries3. 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.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 nearly 140,000 confirmed cases and more than 17,600 deaths. For example, in Italy there have been more than 143,000 confirmed cases and more than 18,000 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 rising - albeit at a slower rate than a week ago.But while the increase in the number of deaths each day appears to be slowing in Italy, in the UK the number is still rising - albeit at a slower rate than a week ago.
4. We are testing more people, but not as many as other countries 4. Testing for the virus in the UK
Increasing the number of people being tested for coronavirus will play a key part in analysing its spread in the UK.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. The government has faced criticism over a shortage of testing, including the inability to test all 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. Most of the tests so far have been reserved for seriously ill patients in hospital. But the government has begun a wider programme of testing health care workers and their families.
Approximately a quarter of a million people have been tested.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has set a new target of 100,000 tests per day by the end of April - a big jump from the previous target of 25,000 per day by mid-April.Health Secretary Matt Hancock has set a new target of 100,000 tests per day by the end of April - a big jump from the previous target of 25,000 per day by mid-April.
At the moment, the UK is some way behind other countries. South Korea, for example, has been able to test far more widely than the UK.At the moment, the UK is some way 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.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.
5. We are in the second phase of the government's response5. 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.How many confirmed cases are there in your area? British nationals should avoid all non-essential foreign travel to tackle the spread of coronavirus, the Foreign Office has advised.
6. People who think they have coronavirus are asked to self-isolate6. People who think they have coronavirus are asked to 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.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.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.