Covid-19 in the UK

By The Visual and Data Journalism Teams
BBC News

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The number of patients in UK hospitals with coronavirus continues to fall along with new admissions, according to the latest government figures.

In total more than 186,000 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid test, but the number of people with Covid-19 on their death certificates is over 200,000.

Around 2.6 million people in the UK had coronavirus in the week ending 26 July, down more than half a million from the week before.

A Covid vaccination programme has so far reached nine in 10 people aged 12 and over with a first dose.

Hospital numbers

As of 4 August, government figures for the whole of the UK show 11,657 people with coronavirus were in hospital, down from 14,040 a week earlier. These are the latest figures available for all the UK nations.

More recent figures for England show 8,487 people in hospital with coronavirus as of 10 August, down from 9,817 the previous week.

The proportion of people being treated for very severe infections and needing intensive care remain lower than earlier in the pandemic, as vaccinations continue to protect people from severe disease.

Weekly Covid deaths

In the week to 29 July, there were 921 new Covid death registrations across the UK, according to the ONS.

These include all deaths where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate even if the person had not been tested for the virus.

This differs from the number of daily deaths reported within 28 days of a positive test.

Death toll over 200,000

When looking at the overall death toll from coronavirus, official figures count deaths in different ways, each giving a different number.

First, government figures - the ones reported by nations - count people who died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus. This figure is over 186,000, though both Scotland and Northern Ireland have stopped reporting this measure.

According to the latest figures, the UK has now seen more than 200,000 deaths in total when counting death certificates mentioning Covid-19 as a cause.

The third measure counts all deaths over and above the expected number since the pandemic began - that figure was over 162,000 as of 29 July. It is sometimes referred to as excess deaths above the long-term average.

Cases across UK

The latest estimates on Covid infections from 5 August showed a fall of 19% on the previous week, with an estimated one in every 25 people infected. This was about 4% of the population.

England, Wales and Scotland had all seen infection fall, but the trend in Northern Ireland was uncertain, the ONS said.

Infections decreased in all English regions and across all age groups in England.

The survey is thought to give the best picture of infections across the UK because people are selected to take part at random. Survey participants across the country are tested weekly and there is a lag of several days before the figures are published.

Scotland, Wales and England have limited the number of free Covid tests available since early April. Tests can be privately bought but the results are not reported on the government website.

The survey is due to resume next week, with results published on 19 August.

Vaccine rollout continuing

More than 53 million people, about 93% of those aged 12 and over in the UK, have now received a first dose of a vaccine.

The number of people who have received a second vaccine dose is over 50 million, or 88% of people aged 12 and over.

So far, 40 million booster doses have been administered across the UK.

An extra booster jab rollout is under way for people aged 75 and over, residents in care homes and those with weakened immune systems. The government announced last month that everyone aged 50 and over in the UK will be offered another Covid booster vaccine this autumn.

Note: We have removed the lookup and interactive map that had been on this page previously. This is because of a combination of reduced testing, changes to the rules on when tests are taken and changes to the data available from the government coronavirus dashboard.

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