The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has reached more than 100,000. A total of 13,729 people confirmed to have had the virus have died.
The actual number of cases is estimated to be much higher though – as it is mostly those in hospital and some NHS and care home staff who are currently being tested.
More than 327,000 people have been tested for coronavirus so far.
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The following charts and graphics will help you understand the situation in the UK and how the authorities are responding.
1. UK deaths have slowed in recent days
The number of people confirmed to have had coronavirus and died has risen by 861 to 13,729.
The BBC’s head of statistics Robert Cuffe says the spike of 100 more deaths, when compared to Wednesday’s figure, could still be a lag in reporting deaths from the long Easter weekend.
Today’s increase in the numbers of reported deaths doesn’t bring us back to last week’s peak and the last week of data suggests that the daily death totals have not been growing.
But the overall picture is still worrying, with the UK one of five countries to surpass 10,000 deaths – the others being the US, Spain, Italy and France.
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The majority of the deaths have been in England, with 12,396 deaths in hospitals so far. London and the Midlands have seen the highest tolls.
In Scotland, 779 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 495. Northern Ireland has seen a total of 158 deaths.
Most deaths have been among the elderly. Figures released by NHS England show more than half of deaths have been among people aged over 80.
And fewer than one in 10 of those who have died have been under the age of 60.
The UK’s overall death figure, which is confirmed cases reported up to 17:00 BST the previous day, is almost entirely made up from those people who died in hospital and tested positive for coronavirus.
For the most part, it does not include deaths in the community, for example in care homes, or people who have died in their own homes.
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On Tuesday, the Office for National Statistics published figures for the period up to 3 April in England and Wales. They included all cases where coronavirus had been listed on a death certificate – in care homes and other community settings as well as in hospitals.
The figures suggest that daily reported numbers are an underestimate of the true death toll.
2. The number of UK cases is not accelerating
The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.
While there were a number of people testing positive throughout February, figures in the UK began to rise substantially towards the end of March.
The highest daily total came on 5 April, when about 6,000 new cases were confirmed.
As with deaths, cases of coronavirus have been heavily concentrated in London, the Midlands and the North West.
3. UK deaths behind Italy – for now
At the moment, the number of confirmed cases and deaths in the UK remains lower than some other European countries.
For example, in Italy there have been more than 165,000 confirmed cases and about 21,500 deaths.
But while the increase in the number of deaths each day appears to be slowing in Italy, in the UK the number is still rising – albeit at a slower rate than a week ago.
Lockdown restrictions have been partially lifted in some other European countries, including Italy and Austria, as the increase in the number of deaths each day has slowed.
In the UK, the government has announced that lockdown measures will continue for another three weeks.
Announcing the extension of the restrictions on Thursday, the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said a review by the government’s scientific advisers had concluded that the measures were working, but there was evidence the infection was spreading in hospitals and care homes.
“If we rush to relax the measures that we have in place we would risk wasting all the sacrifices and all the progress that has been made,” said Mr Raab.
“That would risk a quick return to another lockdown with all the threat to life that a second peak to the virus would bring and all the economic damage that a second lockdown would carry.”
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4. Testing remains well below UK target
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has set a target of 100,000 tests per day by the end of April – a big jump from the previous target of 25,000 per day by mid-April.
On Thursday, the government reported that more than 18,000 coronavirus tests were carried out in the preceding 24 hours, up from around 16,000 the previous day. In total more than 327,000 people in the UK have been tested.
Mr Hancock said the number of daily tests being carried out had been flat over the last couple of days because there was not enough demand among hospital patients and NHS staff, rather than not enough capacity.
Testing is now being expanded to social care staff and care home residents, he added.
Most of the tests so far have been reserved for seriously ill patients in hospital. But last week the government began to publish figures which included key workers and their households, as well as hospital patients.
Previously, the testing of key workers and their families had not been included in the daily figures.
Increasing the number of people being tested for coronavirus will play a key part in analysing its spread in the UK.
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5. The number of people in hospital has dropped slightly
Latest figures reveal there are just under 20,000 patients in hospital with the virus.
On Thursday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the daily No 10 briefing the government had five conditions which need to be met before the lockdown is eased, the first of them being to make sure the NHS could cope with a second peak in cases.
Prof Angela McLean, the UK’s deputy chief scientific adviser, said the drop showed “everybody’s efforts to stay home is having the impact we hoped it would have”.
Hospitals are still experiencing poor supplies of some essential equipment, according to Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers in England.
“We know that over the last 72 hours some trusts have run critically low on gowns,” he said on Monday.
At the weekend, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government was “working night and day to make sure we get the right PPE”.