Detailed guide: Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK

Department Of Health

June 1
20:43 2020

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Number of cases and deaths

As of 9am on 1 June, there have been 4,484,340 tests, with 128,437 tests on 31 May.

276,332 people have tested positive.

As of 5pm on 31 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 39,045 have died. This new figure includes deaths in all settings not just in hospitals.

Tests People tested Positive Deaths in all settings
Daily 128,437 Unavailable 1,570 111
Total 4,484,340 Unavailable 276,332 39,045

Breakdown of testing by 3 of the testing strategy pillars

  • Pillar 1: swab testing in PHE labs and NHS hospitals for those with a clinical need, and health and care workers
  • Pillar 2: swab testing for the wider population, as set out in government guidance on testing
  • Pillar 3: serology testing to show if people have antibodies from having had COVID-19
  • Pillar 4: serology and swab testing for national surveillance supported by PHE, ONS, Biobank, universities and other partners to learn more about the prevalence and spread of the virus and for other testing research purposes, for example on the accuracy and ease of use of home testing


Pillar 1 Pillar 2 Pillar 3 Pillar 4 Total
People tested 15,371 Unavailable - - Unavailable
Tests 27,520 73,144 23,110 4,663 128,437
Positive 383 1,187 - - 1,570


Pillar 1 Pillar 2 Pillar 3 Pillar 4 Total
People tested 1,227,377 Unavailable - - Unavailable
Tests 1,701,944 2,424,451 88,731 269,214 4,484,340
Positive 186,670 89,662 - - 276,332

Pillar 2 breakdown of test types

In-person (tests processed) Delivery (tests sent out) Total tests
Daily 29,414 43,730 73,144
Cumulative 1,189,776 1,234,675 2,424,451

1 June notes

Reporting on the number of people tested has been temporarily paused to ensure consistent reporting across all pillars. This is due to a small percentage of cases where the same person has had more than one test or tested positive more than once for coronavirus in pillar 2. Corrections will be made to any figures if they have subsequently been found to have an error.

The daily totals for tests are 70,165 lower than the difference between todays and yesterdays cumulative totals. This is due to the introduction of pillar 3 activity data since 26 May, and revisions to historical pillar 2 (adding 4,526 tests) and pillar 4 (adding 18 tests) data following further information being made available to support data processing.

The daily totals for in-person tests are 3,721 lower, and for delivery routes 805 lower than the difference between today and yesterdays cumulative totals. This is due to revisions to historical pillar 2 data following further information being made available to support data processing.

The cumulative totals for deaths have been revised to include an additional 445 deaths. These additional deaths are from the period 26 April to 31 May. The daily total today is unaffected. Our published daily series has been revised to show when these deaths were reported.

Figures still relate to those who have died, in any setting, having had a positive lab confirmed test. As the testing programme expands, significant work has been conducted to integrate individual-level data on laboratory confirmed cases for pillar 2 (commercial partner testing) into the central repository of laboratory results that PHE uses. This additional data flow has enabled PHE to incorporate the matching of additional laboratory confirmed cases, from pillar 2, into their process, thereby increasing the number of deaths for which a positive, confirmed test exists.

As announced previously, from today we have stopped publishing a separate count of deaths in hospital as our daily count now provides a count of deaths in all settings. Figures for deaths in hospital in England continue to be published by NHS England on their website.

Testing capacity as of 30 May

As of 9am on 30 May, testing capacity was 205,634.

Pillar 1 Pillar 2 Pillar 3 Pillar 4 Total
Lab capacity 53,634 111,000 40,000 1,000 205,634

See the governments national testing strategy for more information on the different pillars and Notes on testing figures section below.

Time series

See a time series of testing statistics: 1 June 2020 (CSV, 44.1KB)

See a time series of capacity statistics: 31 May 2020 (CSV, 7.96KB). This will be updated weekly from 31 May.

The testing and capacity time series include data from 21 March onwards.

The early parts of these series include some historical data revisions and series backdating as administrative systems were being developed at the time. This means that individu

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