How is the disease progressing in the UK?
Cases in the UK peaked in early April, before dropping in late spring and summer. But then they rose again and surpassed the previous high in September, reaching record levels in December after falling in November.
The number of people hospitalized with coronavirus rose sharply after recordings began in late March, peaking in April. This figure has been increasing since September and has reached a new record.
Deaths were at their highest during the first spike in 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?
There have been more cases recorded in the second wave of the pandemic, and this can be partly 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.
Other tests were available in wave two and the majority of people took tests in the community. This means that people with milder symptoms are currently being 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
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 Public Health England, which works with decentralized authorities in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Differences in the data collection and publication schedules can cause temporary inconsistencies. October 3 and 4 case totals include cases from previous days posted late due to a technical defect.
The government figures for deaths that are used in this follow-up include all deaths that occurred within 28 days of a positive test. This means they are able to quickly capture deaths in hospitals and nursing homes, two settings where testing is widely used.
The ONS, along with its counterparts in Scotland and Northern Ireland, captures death data differently. They count all deaths where Covid is listed on the death certificate. Around 90% of these deaths are directly due to Covid while it is a contributing factor to the remaining deaths.
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