September 26, 2020

Coronavirus UK map: How many confirmed cases are there in your area?

1. UK deaths are still increasing
The number of people confirmed to have had coronavirus and died has risen by 737 to 10,612.

The UK becomes the fifth country to surpass 10,000 deaths, joining the US, Spain, Italy and France.

The BBC’s head of statistics Robert Cuffe says that although growth in the number of deaths has stalled over the last few days, it is possible that some deaths may be unreported until the end of the Bank Holiday weekend.

How to understand the death toll
The majority of the deaths have been in England, with 9,594 deaths in total.

In Scotland, 566 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 369. Northern Ireland has seen a total of 118 deaths.

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.

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.

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.

2. The number of UK cases is not accelerating
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.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson who tested positive for the virus has been released from hospital after spending three nights in intensive care. He thanked hospital workers for saving his life.

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:

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.

3. 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 150,000 confirmed cases and nearly 20,000 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.

4. 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.

On 11 April more than 18,000 coronavirus tests were carried out and in total about 282,000 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.

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.

Can I get tested for coronavirus?
5. 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.

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:

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.

6. 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).

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.

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