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Covid in Numbers

Important covid-19 stats and figures

Data last updated: 16 Nov 2020

The Stats and Figures for Covid-19

COVID-19 cases are identified by taking specimens from people and sending these specimens to laboratories around the UK for PCR swab testing. If the test is positive, this is a referred to as a lab-confirmed case. If a person has had more than one positive test they are only counted as one case.

Context and Background

We take our data from the government. The total number of people with a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 PCR test result reported since the start of the pandemic, and rates of cases per 100,000 population.

Data can be presented by specimen date (the date when the sample was taken from the person being tested) or by reporting date (the date the case was first included in the published totals). The availability of each of these time series varies by area.

Global Cases

These charts are based on 15434344 reported global cases.

The outbreak started in China in late 2019 and by March 2020 the disease has spread to countries around the world.

Some of the public anxiety exhibited in the past weeks has been disproportionate to the oversll risk posed by Covid-19 as we understand it today. Globally there have been approximately 1328262 deaths related to the virus since the outbreak began in the fall of 2019. And while older people and those with pre-existing respiratory conditions have cause for concern, a large majority of people who get coronavirus develop mild symptoms they can treat at home. Some will have no symptoms at all.

The purpose of this page is to aggregate existing research, bring together the relevant data and give context to the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 cases are identified by taking specimens from people and sending these specimens to laboratories around the UK to be tested. If the test is positive, this is a referred to as a lab-confirmed case.

If you are worried about managing the symptoms of coronavirus please spesk to NHS 111 or book an appointment with one of our GPs.

You can find out more about how the data is collected and measured here.

Number of lab-confirmed UK cases, by area

Cases are allocated to the person's area of residence.

Total number of lab-confirmed UK cases

Please note these numbers only include the official NHS test numbers. They do not include private tests and results.

Daily number of lab-confirmed UK cases

It is worth noting, that large-scale testing of cases only began in May, and ramped up slowly.

Daily number of COVID-19 linked UK deaths

Context is key to interpreting this number; This number comes from official coroner reported deaths related to COVID-19.

Data Sources

Please note that this page is for indicative reference only, and not intended in any way to show the outbreak in a precise or scientific method.

Data has been sourced from authorised published data and is correct at time of publishing and subject to change.

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