The coronavirus has hit the UK hard, with the country recording hundreds of thousands of cases and more than 40,000 deaths linked to the disease. England faced the highest excess death rates in Europe during the first wave of the pandemic.
Where are the current coronavirus hotspots in the UK?
At the start of the pandemic, London suffered the brunt of the impact of the coronavirus. Since then, however, the center of the virus has shifted north and to parts of Northern Ireland. England now operates a three tier system, with different areas subject to different restrictions.
Details of English locks are listed here, Scottish locks here, Welsh here, and Northern Irish here.
How is the disease progressing in the UK?
Cases in the UK peaked in early April, before starting to drop from May to early July. Since August, however, daily cases are again and the UK is now in the throes of a second wave. The numbers surpassed the previous peak in September and continued to rise in October – although this can be attributed in part to an increase in testing and targeted testing in areas of the coronavirus outbreak.
The number of people hospitalized with coronavirus rose sharply after records began at the end of March, peaking in April. This figure is on the rise again in September and October.
Deaths were at their highest during the first peak of cases, with more than 1,000 daily deaths seen on certain days in April. They started to rise again in October, following the earlier rise in cases.
How much of the second wave is due to more testing?
Part of the sharp increase in cases in September and October can be attributed to an increase in testing. Much more testing was done in the fall than in the first wave of spring.
In March and April, there were relatively few tests available and these were given to people with severe symptoms – mostly in hospitals. Most people with milder symptoms have not been tested, so these cases have not been recorded, meaning the true number is likely much higher. Sir Patrick Vallance said the daily number of cases could exceed 100,000 on some days of the first wave.
At the start of the second wave in September, more tests were available and the majority of people took tests in the community. This means that people with milder symptoms were tested and recorded in official figures. The actual number of cases will always be higher than the recorded count, but the tests will capture a larger proportion of the total.
However, given the exponential growth potential of Covid-19, the shape of the case curve is of crucial importance, and the effect of the increase in cases can be seen in the hospitalization and mortality curves. above.
Find cases of coronavirus near you
The graph below shows the areas that had the highest daily peaks of new Covid-19 cases. Many parts of the UK now have a number of cases past the first peak of the pandemic.
Other regions experienced less dramatic peaks of infection. Find the case curve in your own region by typing in the search bar below.
From the table below, you can know the number of cases per 100,000 in your area, both for the past week and since the start of the pandemic.
About this data
This data comes from a variety of sources: the key figures come from Public Health England, which works with decentralized authorities in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Local authority data for England and Wales also comes from Public Health England.
Historical data for Scottish regions is only available from the Board of Health and comes from Public Health Scotland. We exclude June 15th for Scottish data due to new historical data added on that day.
The most recent Northern Ireland data used in the maps and table is from the NI Department of Health, but for the line charts above it is from Public Health England, which has historical data for the North Ireland.
There are differences in data collection practices and source publication schedules that may cause temporary inconsistencies.
Since being first identified as a new strain of coronavirus in Wuhan, China, late last year, Covid-19 has spread around the world.
The virus can cause pneumonia. Those who fell ill would suffer from cough, fever and difficulty breathing. You can read more about the symptoms here.
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