How many coronavirus cases are in the UK – and where are they?

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

Covid-19 first reached our shores in late January, cases have been on the rise since late February and the first death was recorded on March 5.

Tens of thousands of people in the UK have been tested for coronavirus, and the government have now put in place a strict lockdown in an attempt to deal with the pandemic.

Every area of the UK has been affected, with London warned it will face the biggest peak.

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.

The number of cases officially confirmed by daily government updates in the UK hit 17,312 on Saturday 28 March. 1,019 people have died.

Public Health England are now releasing a daily update on how many confirmed cases of coronavirus there are in each English county.

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

Professor Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, said the NHS would cope with a major spread of cases but could come under “very high pressure” in a large epidemic.

But he said if the UK sees a very large epidemic, “then it will put very high pressure on the NHS” and there could be “several weeks which could be very difficult” for the health service and wider society.

NHS staff have already taken to wearing bin bags because protective equipment is in short supply.

Earlier this week, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the launch of a UK army of 250,000 volunteers in the fight against coronavirus.

Mr Hancock said 35,000 extra NHS staff, including medical students and retired doctors, have already joined the national effort to combat the spread of the virus.

Boris Johnson has 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”, banned public gatherings of more than two people and ordered the closure of non-essential shops.

Every citizen must comply with these new measures and the relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them through fines and dispersing gatherings.

These measures are effective immediately. The Government will look again at these measures after three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

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 Jan 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 100 countries, infecting more than 662,000 people and killing more than 30,000. 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’ which 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: 


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