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Coronavirus in the UK: The latest numbers of confirmed cases and deaths

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep across Europe, the UK has seen hundreds of thousands of confirmed cases.

Covid-19 first reached our shores in late January and the country endured a three-month long lockdown from March 23 to get the virus under control.

More than 13.6 million coronavirus tests have been processed in the UK, and the government has introduced social distancing measures in an attempt to deal with the pandemic.

Every area of the UK has been affected, with London facing the biggest peak when coronavirus first arrived in England. By May 22, the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, the West Midlands, the South East and the East of England registered more deaths than the capital. 

Despite falling cases nationwide, on June 29 Leicester became the first city in Britain to be plunged back into lockdown after public health officials expressed alarm at a significant rise in positive Covid-19 tests. Nearly 1,000 cases were reported in the city in two weeks.

On July 30, Boris Johnson ordered swathes of the north of England back into partial lockdown as he warned of a “damaging second wave” hitting the UK.

People in Greater Manchester, Bradford, Blackburn and other areas are currently banned from holding indoor meetings involving people from different households. Preston council has told its residents to follow the same restrictions after official figures showed a spike in cases. 

The Telegraph's map below plots where all official cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK. It is sourced from Public Health England announcements and will be updated regularly based on trustworthy data.

According to the Department of Health and Social Care, the number of confirmed UK cases has hit 313,798, while the total number of deaths is 41,329.

Read more: When will coronavirus deaths in the UK drop to zero?

How many coronavirus cases are in your area?

Public Health England  release a daily update on how many confirmed cases of coronavirus there are in each English county. Using The Telegraph's Coronavirus Live Tracker, you can follow the disease's spread, the latest symptoms, and the UK's rate of growth.

Type in your postcode in the tool below to find out how many cases there have been in your local area.

How the NHS has coped so far

From the outbreak of the virus, the NHS was hit by a number of critical issues.

PPE: When the virus erupted in Britain, there was a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). NHS staff complained of a shortage of vital gear that put them at risk. Some staff were forced to wear bin bags to keep themselves safe. The Government was criticised for shipping millions of pieces of PPE to Europe, despite the shortage, and for purchasing millions of masks and gowns bought from factories in China and Turkey that were seized and impounded after being found to fall below UK standards. Calls for an inquiry mounted after it emerged the taxpayer had spent an “eye-watering” £15 billion on PPE amid scrutiny of the Government’s procurement process. 

Ventilators: At the start of the outbreak, the Government ordered 8,000 ventilators, which are used to treat severely ill Covid-19 patients, promising that the first batch would be in hospitals by April. By June 10, only about 5,000 new ventilators had been delivered to the NHS and ministers decided that hospitals had a sufficient supply. Derek Hill, of University College London, was a member of the Independent Regulatory Advisory Group which examined new designs of ventilators. He said the Government wasted time trying to develop entirely new machines. “It was trying to reinvent the wheel thinking it would be quicker," Mr Hill said. “They misunderstood the complexity of these devices and the risk from the start. For novel designs it was pretty obvious they did not meet the clinical need and would take a long time to get through the regulatory process.”

Care homes: The NHS was challenged by elderly people being discharged from hospitals into care homes, even when there was a risk of transmission. It emerged that Public Health England warned the Government about doing this in February, and officials were criticised for not testing patients before they were transferred, despite repeated warnings from care home managers that it was seeding infections among the most vulnerable.

Contact tracing: The UK was much-criticised for abandoning contact tracing on March 13 while other countries, which have achieved a lower death toll, continued to trace contacts and cut off routes of transmission for the virus.

NHS deaths and staff shortages: A number of doctors, nurses and NHS staff died from coronavirus. At the height of the outbreak, many NHS staff were sick or forced to quarantine because of suspected exposure. MPs were told in July that hospitals had failed to test their workers for coronavirus because they feared having to send too many of them home when almost half were infected at the peak of the pandemic. In anticipation of the shortage of NHS staff, Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary. In March, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock launched a call for a UK army of 750,000 volunteers. Many medical students joined the efforts, and some retired doctors and nurses came back to work to fight the virus.

How did coronavirus spread?

At the end of December, the Chinese authorities sent out a public alert warning that a "pneumonia of unknown cause" had been identified in Wuhan, central China.

Some 10 days later, on January 7, scientists announced that a new coronavirus was the source of the outbreak – quickly adding that it did not appear to be spreading between humans. 

At that point, fewer than 60 cases had been found. But now the virus, which has since been named Covid-19, has spread to well over 180 countries, infecting more than 20 million people and killing more than 734,000. Scientists believe that the virus has mutated into two strains: the older "S-type" appears to be milder and less infectious, while the "L-type" that emerged later, spreads quickly and currently accounts for around 70 per cent of cases. 

This map, which updates automatically, shows where the disease is now, how many cases there have been and how many people have died:  

What happened with the UK's lockdown?

On March 23, Boris Johnson placed the UK on a police-enforced lockdown with drastic new measures in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

The Prime Minister ordered people only to leave their homes under a list of "very limited purposes", banning mass gatherings and ordering the closure of non-essential shops.

Mr Johnson announced a step by step strategy for phase two of the lockdown on Sunday 10 May, in which he spoke about a gradual easing of the restrictions, rather than a wholesale lifting of the lockdown. However, reaction to his speech was fierce, with many accusing the Prime Minister of confusing the British public.

On Monday 11 May Mr Johnson published his "roadmap" for getting the UK out of the lockdown, which set out a three-phase strategy for gradually lifting the current restrictions.

Mr Johnson later announced on Thursday 28 May that the five tests to ease lockdown have been met, confirming that gatherings of up to six people can take place in outdoor spaces from Monday 1 June. 

On June 23 - exactly three months after the country was put into lockdown - Mr Johnson hailed the beginning of the end of Britain’s “national hibernation”.

The Prime Minister said families and friends will be able to mingle indoors and even go on holiday together from Saturday, July 4. This day, which became known as Super Saturday, also saw pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopen, as the two metre rule was reduced to one metre.

But Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, warned that many of new social distancing measures will have to remain in place “until this time next year” because a coronavirus vaccine is still a long way off.

On Friday July 17, Mr Johnson set out his roadmap for ending lockdown, with remaining leisure facilities to reopen and all beauty treatments to resume from August 1. Mr Johnson also announced that official guidance advising people to "work from home if you can" will be relaxed in a bid to restart the economy.

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