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

Department Of Health

June 2
17:13 2020

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Number of cases and deaths

As of 9am on 2 June, there have been 4,615,146 tests, with 135,643 tests on 1 June.

277,985 people have tested positive.

As of 5pm on 1 June, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 39,369 have died. This new figure includes deaths in all settings, not just in hospitals. The equivalent figure under the old measure would have been 31,136.

Tests People tested Positive Deaths in all settings
Daily 135,643 Unavailable 1,613 324
Total 4,615,146 Unavailable 277,985 39,369

Breakdown of testing by testing strategy pillars

  • Pillar 1: swab testing in Public Health England (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
  • 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

See the governments national testing strategy for more information on the different pillars.

Read our testing methodology document about reporting statistics on testing.

Daily

Pillar 1 Pillar 2 Pillar 3 Pillar 4 Total
People tested 20,669 Unavailable - - Unavailable
Tests 29,998 69,605 30,357 5,683 135,643
Positive 528 1,085 - - 1,613

Cumulative

Pillar 1 Pillar 2 Pillar 3 Pillar 4 Total
People tested 1,248,046 Unavailable - - Unavailable
Tests 1,731,901 2,489,260 119,088 274,897 4,615,146
Positive 187,238 90,747 - - 277,985

Pillar 2 breakdown of test types

In-person (tests processed) Delivery (tests sent out) Total tests
Daily 24,847 44,758 69,605
Cumulative 1,209,249 1,280,011 2,489,260

Pillar 4 breakdown of test types

In-person (tests processed) Delivery (tests sent out) Total tests
Daily 3,311 2,372 5,683
Cumulative 89,027 185,870 274,897

2 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 total for tests is 4,837 higher than the difference between todays and yesterdays cumulative totals. This is due to revisions to historical data for pillar 1 (removing 41 tests) and pillar 2 (removing 4,796 tests).

The daily total for pillar 2 in-person tests is 5,374 higher, and for delivery routes is 578 lower than the difference between todays 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 daily total for cases is 40 lower than the difference between todays and yesterdays cumulative totals. This is due to a revision of historical data for pillar 1 in Scotland.

Testing capacity as of 2 June

At 9am on 2 June, testing capacity was 220,213.

Pillar 1 Pillar 2 Pillar 3 Pillar 4 Total
Lab capacity 63,213 116,000 40,000 1,000 220,213

Coronavirus tests are processed in several separate labs. Projected lab capacity is an estimate of each labs constrained capacity each day based on the staff, chemical reagents and other resources it has available. These estimates are made locally by the labs themselves.

Further information on the methodology of how capacity is reported is available in the testing methodology document.

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