United Kingdom

The UK’s first case of COVID-19 was discovered in late January. The government initially resisted strict physical distancing measures but changed course in late March as the number of confirmed cases passed 6,500, closing schools and many businesses, and directing people to stay home except for essential activities. By mid April, confirmed cases had exceeded 100,000 — including the Prime Minister Boris Johnson — and nearly 14,000 deaths were attributed to COVID-19. Restrictions are expected to continue into May until there is a sustained and consistent fall in the rate of daily deaths.

Key statistics

  • Confirmed cases

    227,741

  • Cases per 100,000 people

    342.80

  • Deaths

    32,769

  • Recovered cases

    1,023

  • Days since first case

    103

  • Days since 100 cases

    69

  • Days since highest daily increase

    33

These statistics were last updated for 15 May 2020 and are drawn from the Coronavirus COVID-19 Daily Cases dataset, published by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University, via API by Laeyoung.

UK Government COVID-19 policies

Last updated 26 April 2020

Government

Emergency government

06 April 2020
18 March 2020

Public information

Policing and justice

24 March 2020

Public services

23 March 2020

Education

18 March 2020

Healthcare

Testing and tracing

07 February 2020

Healthcare workers

Research

Health services

Medical products and medicines

Economy

Business support

Industry interventions

23 March 2020

Financial markets and monetary policy

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