|Total reported||On Oct. 21||14-day change|
Day with data reporting anomaly.
Includes confirmed and probable cases where available. 14-day change trends use 7-day averages.
There have been at least 789,200 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom, according to Public Health England. As of Thursday morning, 44,158 people had died. Due to a data entry error, nearly 16,000 people who tested positive between Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 were not recorded in the daily number of reported cases.
The Office for National Statistics also produces a weekly report on the number of deaths registered in Britain that mention Covid-19 on a death certificate. This figure, which includes deaths outside of hospitals, is many thousands of deaths higher than the reported daily death toll.
Reported cases in the United Kingdom
About this dataFor total cases and deaths: The map shows the known locations of coronavirus cases by region. Circles are sized by the number of people there who have tested positive or have a probable case of the virus, which may differ from where they contracted the illness.
Britain has the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in Europe. Here’s where the number of cases and deaths are highest in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland:
Reported cases and deaths by country and local area
This table is sorted by places with the most cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days. Select deaths or a different column header to sort by different data.
|+ Northern Ireland||31,034||1,714||634||35||6,877||380||27||1.5|
In May, Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a conditional plan to ease Britain out of its seven-week lockdown. He said those who cannot work from home may return to work, and that people can freely exercise and spend time outdoors.
But by September, an uncharacteristically somber Mr. Johnson announced new restrictions to try to keep the second wave of infections now hitting the country from getting far worse through the fall and winter.
Across Britain, gatherings of more than six people are banned, with some exceptions. Pubs and restaurants must close at 10 p.m., people are encouraged to work from home and fines of 200 pounds ($255) are imposed on first-time offenders who break the rules on the size of gatherings or wearing face masks in public shops.
In England, Mr. Johnson announced a three-tier system to standardize restrictions across the country. Areas in the first tier uphold the current national restrictions. The second tier tightens measures and does not allow people to mix indoors with other households. In tier three, the "very high" alert areas or localities where transmission levels continue to rise, pubs and bars that do not serve food must close, and the government said it will also assist local councils to establish additional measures. Residents in tier three would also be advised against travel in and out of the area.
Scotland took an even more cautious approach in responding to the recent spike in cases: all pubs and restaurants in central Scotland will close, and across the rest of the country, hospitality services are only permitted to serve alcohol outdoors until 10 p.m. Northern Ireland will implement a four-week “circuit breaker” lockdown, temporarily closing all pubs and restaurants — aside from takeaway food — as well as close-contact services such as hairdressers and nail salons. Wales will enter a national lockdown beginning Friday and lasting until Nov. 9, which will require residents to remain at home and close pubs, restaurants, and all nonessential shops.
How Cases Are Growing
Here’s how the number of new cases and deaths are changing over time:
New reported cases by day in the United Kingdom
New reported deaths by day in the United Kingdom
The New York Times has found that official tallies in the United States and in more than a dozen other countries have undercounted deaths during the coronavirus outbreak because of limited testing availability.
Where You Can Find More Information
Here is where you can find more detailed information:
Guidelines and essential information from the government include information for residents of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and they note new developments and coronavirus services.
Case counts and regional breakdowns are updated regularly by Public Health England.
Possible long-term effects to the economy and society, from the Office For National Statistics.
A list of travel instructions for British passport holders, including essential documents like an emergency travel certificate, from The Foreign and Commonwealth Office. However, the department strongly advises against any non-essential travel worldwide due to “unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions.”
About the data
The Times has identified the following reporting anomalies or methodology changes in the data:
July 2: Health authorities changed their methodology to avoid double-counting positive cases. This change, along with a historical revision of data, resulted in a decrease of more than 30,000 cases in the cumulative case total for the U.K.
Oct. 3: U.K. officials added 15,841 cases on Oct. 3 and 4 after resolving a technical issue that affected cases from Sept. 25 to Oct. 2.
Starting June 18, data for Scotland will include testing results from the U.K. Government’s Regional Testing Centres, in addition to data from NHS Laboratories. Scotland did not update data between June 15-17 while preparing this change.
On Aug. 12, health authorities changed their methodology for counting Covid-19 deaths, lowering the overall death toll in the United Kingdom by more than 5,000. The data on this page has been revised to reflect the updated methodology. Data for deaths in England’s local areas was also removed and is reported on this page as of Aug. 12.
Governments often revise data or report a single-day large increase in cases or deaths from unspecified days without historical revisions, which can cause an irregular pattern in the daily reported figures. The Times is excluding these anomalies from seven-day averages when possible.
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What you can do
Experts’ understanding of how the Covid-19 works is growing. It seems that there are four factors that most likely play a role: how close you get to an infected person; how long you are near that person; whether that person expels viral droplets on or near you; and how much you touch your face afterwards. Here is a guide to the symptoms of Covid-19.
You can help reduce your risk and do your part to protect others by following some basic steps:
Keep your distance from others. Stay at least six feet away from people outside your household as much as possible.
Wear a mask outside your home. A mask protects others from your germs, and it protects you from infection as well. The more people who wear masks, the more we all stay safer.
Wash your hands often. Anytime you come in contact with a surface outside your home, scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds, rinse and then dry your hands with a clean towel.
Avoid touching your face. The virus can spread when our hands come into contact with the virus, and we touch our nose, mouth or eyes. Try to keep your hands away from your face unless you have just recently washed them.
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