COVID Kingdom: the UK COVID-19 Tracker

Explore the latest Covid-19 data in Britain - select an area on the map or drop-down menu to see the latest cases and track how the virus spread locally and across Britain. See the patterns of tests, excess deaths, and the Reuters estimate of when infections arrived.

Last updated: Mon 26 Oct


* The figures for tests with a positive COVID-19 result come from labs run by Public Health England, NHS hospitals, and private "Lighthouse" labs. The figures are updated daily and shown below for recent dates when tests took place. The total for recent days are under-under-estimates because it takes some time for all the results to be published.

Deaths are derived from death certificates where COVID-19 is listed as a cause of death. Location is by place of death. These figures are likely an under-estimate in most areas as the figure is significantly below recorded excess deaths for the time of year, as illustrated in this next chart which compares deaths from all causes against an average deaths in that week in the previous five years.


Using the official figure for coronavirus cases, based on test results, is a misleading way to view the spread of the pandemic. It is clear from the many deaths that followed, that the new coronavirus was spreading widely in the UK long before significant testing began. With inconsistent and low volumes of testing for COVID-19, one way of estimating real infections is working back from deaths that follow approximately 3 weeks later.

Read our full investigation here: Into the fog: How Britain lost track of the coronavirus

Notes:

* Estimated new infections is a Reuters rough estimate based on a 1% infection fatality rate (IFR) [Most studies currently show IFR at 0.5%-1%] and average time from infection to death of approximately 3 weeks . The IFR will vary based on age distribution, so the number of infections is likely an over-estimate in the later stages of the outbreak when, in most areas, infection spread into care homes.

* All estimates are unreliable in areas with only a few cases or deaths, e.g. the City of London.

Source: Office of National Statistics; National Records of Scotland; Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency; Public Health England; Public Health Wales; Scottish government.

Data analysis: Ryan McNeill. Chart/programming: Stephen Grey