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Detailed guide: Coronavirus cases in the UK: daily updated statistics

Public Health England

August 14
16:41 2020

Due to technical issues, positive cases are not available today. We will return to normal publication tomorrow.

Dashboard of coronavirus cases and deaths

The coronavirus dashboard is updated daily. It shows the number of cases and deaths in the UK, broken down by region and local authority area.

You can download the data in csv format.

Number of coronavirus deaths and cases

Deaths

As of 5pm on 13 August, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 41,357 have died across all settings within 28 days of that test.

Daily Cumulative
Deaths in all settings 10 41,357

On 17 July, the Secretary of State asked Public Health England (PHE) to urgently review the way daily death statistics are currently reported.

A review into the method used to calculate these figures considered a range of scientific evidence to identify the best time limit to apply between date of test and date of death.

The new daily measure provides a UK-wide count of deaths under a consistent methodology for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales that has been endorsed by an external review.

The measure will be based on a 28-day limit between the date of a positive lab-confirmed test and date of death. Deaths that occur more than 28 days after a positive test will not be included in the headline count.

These figures will also be published on the daily dashboard.

Coronavirus deaths and cases give a sense of the spread of the epidemic. Deaths are counted where a lab-confirmed positive coronavirus test result is reported in any setting. This means that not all deaths reported here are caused by coronavirus. Further information is available in the Notes on deaths figures section.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes further statistics of deaths with breakdowns. This covers death registrations where coronavirus was mentioned, so will include deaths where a person did not have a lab-confirmed positive result.

Positive cases

As of 9am 14 August, 316,367 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK (for pillars 1, 2 and 4 ? see descriptions below).

Daily Cumulative
Positive cases (pillars 1, 2 and 4) 1,441 316,367

Number of tests

Definition of testing pillars

  • pillar 1: swab (antigen) testing in Public Health England (PHE) labs and NHS hospitals for those with a clinical need and health and care workers
  • pillar 2: swab (antigen) testing for the wider population
  • pillar 3: serology testing to show if people have antibodies from having had coronavirus
  • pillar 4: blood and swab testing for national surveillance supported by PHE, ONS, and research, academic, and scientific partners to learn more about the prevalence and spread of the virus and for other testing research purposes, such as the accuracy and ease of use of home testing

Overall volume of tests

As of 9am on 14 August, there have been 14,142,736 tests processed in total across all 4 pillars in the UK.

Daily Cumulative
All tests processed (pillars 1 to 4) 169,857 14,142,736

The governments testing strategy sets out a challenge to massively increase testing capacity over a range of areas and for a range of purposes.

All tests processed counts tests that have remained within the control of the programme (and were counted at the time of when it was processed in labs) and those that have been sent out and subsequently returned to be processed in a lab. This is a useful measure as it shows how many tests we have received results for. The publication of this measure is also in line with the UK Statistics Authority recommendations.

We are no longer providing tests made available as a metric. This metric was used as a summary measure of the volume of tests that had been made available, including those that remained within the control of the central programme and those that went outside the control of the central programme when they were sent out.

This was particularly relevant in the initial months of the programme when tests that were sent out were expected to be returned very quickly. As the National Testing Programme has developed, capacity has massively grown, and there are increasingly more ways to access tests. There may also be instances where the National Testing Programme sends kits out that are not used immediately, for example to be held at local sites for when they are needed. We will continue to report on lab capacity, all tests processed in the labs, and tests sent out, as well as develop more metrics as part of the weekly NHS Test and Trace publication.

People tested figures are published as part of the weekly Test and Trace publication. Many people are retested multiple times for valid reasons, such as regular testing of health and care workers over several months.

The people tested measure was initially used to avoid counting one person tested several times in a short space of time. It no longer usefully reflects the volume of tests carried out as, for example, a healthcare worker receiving their second, third or fourth test since the start of the pandemic would not be counted as they have been tested once before. Therefore, the people tested figure will be published on a weekly basis within the NHS Test and Trace statistics rather than daily.

Testing capacity

In early May, the government set out another challenge to increase testing capacity to 200,000 tests per day by the end of May. This target was met on 29 May and continues to be met daily.

Overall lab capacity is important to ensure the programme is able to meet potential demand and deliver large numbers of tests.

At 9am on 9 August, testing capacity was 337,089 in the UK.

Pillar 1 Pillar 2 Pillar 3 Pillar 4 Total
Lab capacity 80,989 126,000 120,000 10,100 337,089

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.

Antigen tests (pillars 1 and 2) (UK)

These are swab tests targeted at those who are sick and with symptoms. They look for the presence of the virus itself.

All tests in pillar 1 and 2 are counted when they are processed by a lab.

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Pillar 1 all tests processed 54,444 5,051,751
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