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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 has reached more than 93,000. A total of 12,107 people confirmed to have had the virus have died. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has reached nearly 100,000. A total of 12,868 people confirmed to have had the virus have died.
The actual number of cases is estimated to be much higher though - as it is mostly those in hospital and some NHS staff who are currently being tested.The actual number of cases is estimated to be much higher though - as it is mostly those in hospital and some NHS staff who are currently being tested.
More than 300,000 people have been tested for coronavirus so far. More than 313,000 people have been tested for coronavirus so far.
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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(Updated figures for Northern Ireland unavailable on Tuesday)(Updated figures for Northern Ireland unavailable on Tuesday)
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 increasing 1. UK deaths have slowed in recent days
The number of people confirmed to have had coronavirus and died has risen by 778 to 12,107. The number of people confirmed to have had coronavirus and died has risen by 761 to 12,868.
The BBC's head of statistics Robert Cuffe says the overall trend in the last week has been a flattening curve, but it is likely that each of the last four days of data have been artificially suppressed by a reporting lag over the Bank Holiday weekend. The BBC's head of statistics Robert Cuffe says there was an expectation that Wednesday's figures could have seen another post-weekend spike, especially after a four-day weekend, but that is not the case.
The UK became the fifth country to surpass 10,000 deaths on Sunday, joining the US, Spain, Italy and France. The UK has now seen almost a week with no growth in the number of new deaths announced each day, adding to evidence that the lockdown has slowed the outbreak.
The majority of the deaths have been in England, with 11,005 deaths in hospitals so far. But the overall picture is still worrying, with the UK one of five countries to surpass 10,000 deaths - the others being the US, Spain, Italy and France.
In Scotland, 615 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 403. Northern Ireland has seen a total of 134 deaths. The majority of the deaths have been in England, with 11,656 deaths in hospitals so far.
In Scotland, 699 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 463. Northern Ireland has seen a total of 140 deaths.
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.
On Tuesday the Office for National Statistics published figures for the period up to 3 April in England and Wales. On Tuesday, the Office for National Statistics published figures for the period up to 3 April in England and Wales. They included all cases where coronavirus had been listed on a death certificate - in care homes and other community settings as well as in hospitals.
They included all cases where coronavirus had been listed on a death certificate - in care homes and other community settings as well as in hospitals.
The figures suggest that daily reported numbers are an underestimate of the true death toll.The figures suggest that daily reported numbers are an underestimate of the true death toll.
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.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.
London and the Midlands have seen the highest death tolls.London and the Midlands have seen the highest death tolls.
2. The number of UK cases is not accelerating2. The number of UK cases is not accelerating
The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.The 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.
As with deaths, cases of coronavirus have been heavily concentrated in London, the Midlands and the North West.As with deaths, cases of coronavirus have been heavily concentrated in London, the Midlands and the North West.
3. UK deaths are lower than other countries 3. UK deaths behind Italy - for now
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 160,000 confirmed cases and about 20,000 deaths. For example, in Italy there have been more than 160,000 confirmed cases and about 21,000 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.
Lockdown restrictions have been partially lifted in some countries including Italy and Austria as the increase in the number of deaths each day has slowed. Lockdown restrictions have been partially lifted in some countries, including Italy and Austria, as the increase in the number of deaths each day has slowed.
In the UK, a meeting of the government's scientific advisers to review evidence relating to the current lockdown restrictions will take place in the coming days.In the UK, a meeting of the government's scientific advisers to review evidence relating to the current lockdown restrictions will take place in the coming days.
But the government has said that it does not expect to make changes to coronavirus restrictions this week.But the government has said that it does not expect to make changes to coronavirus restrictions this week.
4. Testing for the virus in the UK4. Testing for the virus in the UK
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has set a 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 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.
On 14 April, the government reported that nearly 15,000 coronavirus tests were carried out in the preceding 24 hours and in total about 300,000 people in the UK have been tested. On 15 April, the government reported that nearly 16,000 coronavirus tests were carried out in the preceding 24 hours and in total nearly 314,000 people in the UK have been tested.
Most of the tests so far have been reserved for seriously ill patients in hospital. But on Friday the government began to publish figures which included key workers and their households, as well as hospital patients. Most of the tests so far have been reserved for seriously ill patients in hospital. But last week the government began to publish figures which included key workers and their households, as well as hospital patients.
Previously, the testing of key workers and their families had not been included in the daily figures.Previously, the testing of key workers and their families had not been included in the daily figures.
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.
5. The number of people in hospital has dropped slightly5. The number of people in hospital has dropped slightly
Latest figures reveal there are currently 19,706 patients in hospital with the virus. Latest figures reveal there are about 20,000 patients in hospital with the virus.
Over the last 24 hours the number of people in hospital has fallen by 2% across the country and by 15% in the East of England region. On Tuesday, it was announced that the number of people in hospital in the preceding 24 hours had fallen by 2% across the country and by 15% in the East of England region.
Hospitals are still experiencing poor supplies of some essential equipment, according to Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers in England.Hospitals are still experiencing poor supplies of some essential equipment, according to Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers in England.
"We know that over the last 72 hours some trusts have run critically low on gowns," he said on Monday."We know that over the last 72 hours some trusts have run critically low on gowns," he said on Monday.
At the weekend Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government was "working night and day to make sure we get the right PPE". At the weekend, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government was "working night and day to make sure we get the right PPE".