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TRACING THE 2020 COVID-19 VIRUS OUTBREAK AS REPORTED IN THE UKBack


This page covers 31 March to 3 July 2020

3 July 2020

Cases and Cumulative Deaths since 31 March 2020

3 July 2020

Deaths per day since 31 March 2020 (29 April figures including non-hospital deaths for first time (4,419) omitted)

3 July 2020

Cases and Deaths % change (over previous day’s figure), during last two months: 3 May to 2 July 2020

# 2 July 2020 GOV.UK – “The methodology for reporting positive cases changed on 2 July 2020 to remove duplicates within and across pillars 1 and 2, to ensure that a person who tests positive is only counted once. Due to this change, and a revision of historical data in pillar 1, the cumulative total for positive cases is 30,302 lower than if you added the daily figure to yesterday’s total.”


COVID-19 VIRUS DIARY STARTING ON 31 MARCH 2020
LOCKDOWN BEGAN 23 MARCH | EASING OF LOCKDOWN IN ENGLAND BEGAN IN EARLY JUNE 2020

Percentage figure shown after Cases and Deaths totals is percent change over previous day for each figure


Tuesday 31 March 2020

Guardian Death toll sees sharp rise; Home Office extends NHS worker visas.

BBC Police told to be ‘consistent’ with lockdown approach

Cases: 25,150 (+13.59%)
Deaths: 1,789 (+27.06%)

Wednesday 1 April 2020

Guardian NHS rules hampering coronavirus testing drive, say scientists

BBC Hundreds of thousands of UK tests within weeks

Cases: 29,474 (+17.19%)
Deaths: 2,352 (+31.47%)

Thursday 2 April 2020

Guardian No 10 seeks to end Covid-19 lockdown with ‘immunity passports’

BBC Confirmed global cases pass one million

Cases: 33,718 (+14.4%)
Deaths: 2,921 (+24.19%)

Friday 3 April 2020

Guardian UK ministers struggle to keep promise of 100k coronavirus tests by end of April

BBC Lift restrictions and risk more economic harm – WHO

Cases: 38,168 (+13.2%)
Deaths: 3,605 (+23.42%)


Saturday 4 April 2020

Guardian British death toll up by 20% to 4,313

BBC Fears for lockdown over weekend of sunshine

Cases: 41,903 (+9.79%)
Deaths: 4,313 (+19.64%)

Sunday 5 April 2020

Guardian Boris Johnson admitted to hospital with coronavirus

BBC Queen tells UK 'we will succeed' in fight

Cases: 47,806 (+14.09%)
Deaths: 4,934 (+14.39%)

Monday 6 April 2020

Guardian Italy reports lowest day-to-day rise in infections in a week

BBC Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as symptoms worsen

Cases: 51,608 (+7.95%)
Deaths: 5,373 (+8.9%%)

Tuesday 7 April 2020

Guardian Boris Johnson to stay in hospital amid concerns over political vacuum

BBC UK cases ‘could be moving in the right direction’

Cases: 55,242 (+7.04%)
Deaths: 6,159 (+14.63%)


Wednesday 8 April 2020

Guardian Record daily death toll of 938, as Rishi Sunak says Boris Johnson is 'sitting up in bed'

BBC Boris Johnson 'improving' as intensive care treatment continues

Cases: 60,733 (+9.94%)
Deaths: 7,097 (+8.87%)

Thursday 9 April 2020

Guardian Boris Johnson moved from intensive care but stays in hospital

BBC Easter weekend – The government is urging locals and holidaymakers to stay away from beaches

Cases: 65,077 (+7.15%)
Deaths: 7,978 (+12.41%)

Friday 10 April 2020

Guardian 980 dead in UK hospitals in deadliest day of pandemic yet

BBC 'Herculean effort' to provide NHS protective gear

Cases: 70,272 (+7.98%)
Deaths: 8,958 (+12.28%)

Saturday 11 April 2020

Guardian Priti Patel – 'I am sorry if people feel there have been failings' on PPE

BBC US death toll passes 2,000 in a single day

Cases: 78,991 (+12.41%)
Deaths: 9,875 (+10.24%)


Sunday 12 April 2020

Guardian UK government using confidential patient data in coronavirus response

BBC 'Sombre day' as UK deaths hit 10,000

Cases: 84,279 (+6.69%)
Deaths: 10,612 (+7.46%)

Monday 13 April 2020

Guardian UK missed three chances to join EU scheme to bulk-buy PPE

BBC Don't expect changes to UK lockdown this week – Dominic Raab

Cases: 88,621 (+5.15%)
Deaths: 11,329 (+6.76%)

Tuesday 14 April 2020

Guardian Lockdown could shrink GDP by 35%, says OBR, as hospital deaths rise by 778 to 12,107

BBC One in five deaths now linked to virus

Cases: 93,873 (+5.93%)
Deaths: 12,107 (+6.87%)

Wednesday 15 April 2020

Guardian Domestic abuse killings 'more than double' amid Covid-19 lockdown

BBC Worldwide coronavirus cases pass two million

Cases: 98,476 (+4.9%)
Deaths: 12,868 (+6.29%)


Thursday 16 April 2020

Guardian No 10 claims Covid-19 crisis strengthens need for UK to be free of EU regulation after 2020

BBC Significant social distancing needed 'until vaccine found'

Cases: 103,093 (+4.69%)
Deaths: 13,729 (+6.69%)

Friday 17 April 2020

Guardian NHS staff to be asked to treat coronavirus patients without gowns

BBC UK creates vaccine taskforce to tackle coronavirus

Cases: 108,692 (+5.43%)
Deaths: 14,576 (+6.17%)

Saturday 18 April 2020

Guardian Large consignment of PPE to arrive tomorrow, says Jenrick

BBC English councils to get extra £1.6bn

Cases: 114,217 (+5.08%)
Deaths: 15,464 (+6.09%)

Sunday 19 April 2020

Guardian Impossible for UK to meet Covid-19 testing targets, scientists say

BBC No date for when schools will reopen

Cases: 120,067 (+5.12%)
Deaths: 16,060 (+3.85%)


Monday 20 April 2020

Guardian Air pollution may be ‘key contributor’ to Covid-19 deaths – study

BBC More than 140,000 firms claim through jobs scheme

Cases: 124,743 (+3.89%)
Deaths: 16,509 (+2.8%)

Tuesday 21 April 2020

Guardian Government misses out on 16m facemasks for NHS in four weeks

BBC Deaths at 20-year high but peak may be over

Cases: 129,044 (+3.45%)
Deaths: 17,337 (+5.02%)

Wednesday 22 April 2020

Guardian EU turns up pressure on Matt Hancock over Covid-19 PPE scheme

BBC Social restrictions ‘to remain for rest of year’

Cases: 133,495 (+3.45%)
Deaths: 18,100 (+4.40%)

Thursday 23 April 2020

Guardian Coronavirus testing to be offered to England key workers and families

BBC First patients injected in UK vaccine trial

Cases: 138,078 (+3.43%)
Deaths: 18,738 (+3.52%)


Friday 24 April 2020

Guardian Cummings is on secret scientific advisory group for Covid-19

BBC Test website closes after 'significant demand'

Cases: 143,464 (+3.90%)
Deaths: 19,506 (+4.10%)

Saturday 25 April 2020

Guardian Home secretary Priti Patel gives daily briefing as hospital deaths rise to 20,319

BBC UK hospital deaths pass 20,000

Cases: 148,377 (+3.42%)
Deaths: 20,319 (+4.17%)

Sunday 26 April 2020

Guardian Boris Johnson returns to face critics amid talk of the 'new normal'

BBC UK must find 'new normal' to ease lockdown - Raab

Cases: 152,840 (+3.01%)
Deaths: 20,732 (+2.03%)

Monday 27 April 2020

Guardian UK beginning to turn the tide on coronavirus

BBC Boris Johnson says this is moment of maximum risk

Cases: 157,149 (+2.82%)
Deaths: 21,092 (+1.74%)


Tuesday 28 April 2020

Guardian Some non-Covid NHS treatments to restart, as 360 hospital deaths take toll to 21,092

BBC Millions more to be eligible for testing

Cases: 161,145 (+2.54%)
Deaths: 21,678 (+2.78%)

Wednesday 29 April 2020

Guardian Inquests into NHS staff coronavirus deaths told not to look at PPE shortages

BBC UK begins reporting coronavirus care home deaths

Cases: 165,221 (+2.53%)
Deaths: 26,097 (+20.38%)

Thursday 30 April 2020

Guardian Britain is past peak of coronavirus outbreak, says Boris Johnson

BBC Johnson: We are past the peak of disease

Cases: 171,253 (+3.65%)
Deaths: 26,711 (+2.35%)

Friday 1 May 2020

Guardian NHS procurement official privately selling PPE amid Covid-19 outbreak

BBC Target reached as UK tests pass 100,000 a day

Cases: 177,454 (+3.62%)
Deaths: 27,510 (+2.99%)


Saturday 2 May 2020

Guardian Government announces £76m package to support the vulnerable

BBC US reported death toll passes 65,000

Cases: 182,260 (+2.71%)
Deaths: 28,131 (+2.26%)

Sunday 3 May 2020

Guardian Ministers under fire as Covid-19 testing drops back below 100,000 daily target

BBC UK coronavirus testing falls below target

Cases: 186,599 (+2.38%)
Deaths: 28,446 (+1.12%)

Monday 4 May 2020

Guardian Matt Hancock launches contact-tracing app in Isle of Wight

BBC UK to test contact-tracing app on Isle of Wight

Cases: 190,584 (+2.14%)
Deaths: 28,734 (+2.5%)

Tuesday 5 May 2020

Guardian Virgin Atlantic to axe a third of jobs and shut Gatwick operations

BBC UK reports highest death toll in Europe

Cases: 190,584 (+2.14%)
Deaths: 28,734 (+2.5%)


Wednesday 6 May 2020

Guardian Critical mass of Android users 'needed for success of NHS contact tracing app'

BBC Germany reopens shops as lockdown is relaxed

Cases: 201,101 (+3.13%)
Deaths: 30,076 (+2.83%)

Thursday 7 May 2020

Guardian No 10 battles to regain control of lockdown messaging amid fierce criticism

BBC Bank of England warns of sharpest recession on record

Cases: 206,715 (+2.79%)
Deaths: 30,615 (+1.79%)

Friday 8 May 2020

Guardian UK scientists condemn 'Stalinist' attempt to censor Covid-19 advice

BBC Coronavirus lockdown: 'No dramatic overnight change' to restrictions

Cases: 211,364 (+2.25%)
Deaths: 31,241 (+2.04%)

Saturday 9 May 2020

Guardian Grant Shapps leads daily briefing as UK death toll rises to 31,587

BBC £2bn for 'once in a generation change' to transport

Cases: 215,260 (+1.84%)
Deaths: 31,587 (+1.11%)


Sunday 10 May 2020

Guardian Boris Johnson says shops and some schools could open from June

BBC Boris Johnson unveils alert system for England

Cases: 219,138 (+1.80%)
Deaths: 31,855(+0.85%)

Monday 11 May 2020

Guardian Boris Johnson rejects claims people don't understand new 'stay alert' slogan

BBC Cover faces in some public areas, people in England told

Cases: 219,138 (+1.79%)
Deaths: 31,855(+0.66%)

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Guardian UK takes a pasting from world's press over coronavirus crisis

BBC UK furlough scheme extended by four months

Cases: 226,463 (+1.53%)
Deaths: 32,692 (+1.96%)

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Guardian PMQs: Keir Starmer presses Boris Johnson over care home deaths

BBC Chancellor Rishi Sunak warns of 'significant recession'

Cases: 229,705 (+1.43%)
Deaths: 33,186 (+1.51%)


Thursday 14 May 2020

Guardian Drivers tell of chaos at UK's privately run PPE stockpile

BBC Global Coronavirus death toll passes 300,000

Cases: 233,151 (+1.50%)
Deaths: 33,614 (+1.29%)

Friday 15 May 2020

Guardian BMA backs teaching unions' opposition to schools reopening

BBC Coronavirus infection 'R' rate in UK creeps up

Cases: 236,711 (+1.53%)
Deaths: 33,998 (+1.14%)

Saturday 16 May 2020

Guardian Gavin Williamson says school reopening based on 'best scientific advice'

BBC Williamson urges reopening of schools in England

Cases: 240,161 (+1.46%)
Deaths: 34,466 (+1.38%)

Sunday 17 May 2020

Guardian £84m pledged to produce a working vaccine as death toll rises by 170 to 34,636

BBC UK daily death figure dips to lowest since day after lockdown

Cases: 243,303 (+1.31%)
Deaths: 34,636 (+0.49%)


Monday 18 May 2020

Guardian London care homes report possible fresh Covid-19 outbreaks

BBC Five and overs in UK now eligible for test

Cases: 246,406 (+1.28%)
Deaths: 34,796 (+0.46%)

Tuesday 19 May 2020

Guardian Up to 1,500 English primary schools to defy 1 June reopening plan

BBC No guarantee of quick economic bounceback, warns Sunak

Cases: 248,818 (+0.98%)
Deaths: 35,341 (+1.57%)

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Guardian UK scientists must not be blamed for giving advice, says Royal Society head

BBC UK track and trace system in place from June – PM

Cases: 248,293 (–0.21%)
Deaths: 35,704 (+1.03%)

Thursday 21 May 2020

Guardian Johnson forced to drop NHS surcharge for migrant health workers

BBC NHS fees to be scrapped for overseas health staff and care workers

Cases: 250,908 (+1.05%)
Deaths: 36,042 (+0.95%)


Friday 22 May 2020

Guardian Business groups brand UK's quarantine plan for arrivals 'isolationist'

BBC Quarantine plans for UK arrivals unveiled

Cases: 254,195 (+1.31%)
Deaths: 36,393 (+0.97%)

Saturday 23 May 2020

Guardian Grant Shapps backs Dominic Cummings over lockdown breach

BBC Dominic Cummings rejects calls to quit as PM's chief adviser

Cases: 257,154 (+1.16%)
Deaths: 36,675 (+0.77%)

Sunday 24 May 2020

Guardian No apology, no explanation: PM bets all on Cummings

BBC Boris Johnson backs key aide Dominic Cummings in lockdown row

Cases: 259,559 (+0.94%)
Deaths: 36,793 (+0.32%)

Monday 25 May 2020

Guardian Dominic Cummings refuses to resign or apologise for lockdown breach

BBC I don't regret what I did, says Dominic Cummings

Cases: 261,184 (+0.63%)
Deaths: 36,914 (+0.33%)


Tuesday 26 May 2020

Guardian Tory revolt grows as minister resigns over Dominic Cummings' lockdown trip

BBC Hancock to 'look at' family lockdown fines

Cases: 265,227 (+1.55%)
Deaths: 37,048 (+0.36%)

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Guardian Boris Johnson tells MPs inquiry into Cummings would be waste of officials' time

BBC UK PM faces MPs' scrutiny over senior aide row

Cases: 267,240 (+0.76%)
Deaths: 37,460 (+1.11%)

Thursday 28 May 2020

Guardian Government rejected radical lockdown of England's care homes

BBC Lockdown easing to allow groups of six to meet

Cases: 269,127(+0.71%)
Deaths: 37,837 (+1.01%)

Friday 29 May 2020

Guardian Constituents bombard MPs with tens of thousands of emails over Dominic Cummings

BBC UK chancellor denies lockdown easing 'reckless'

Cases: 271,222 (+0.78%)
Deaths: 38161 (+0.86%)


Saturday 30 May 2020

Guardian Dominic Cummings has broken Covid-19 policy trust, say top scientists

BBC Shielders in England allowed outdoors again from Monday

Cases: 272,826 (+0.59%)
Deaths: 38,376 (+0.56%)

Sunday 31 May 2020

Guardian Health officials make last-minute plea to stop lockdown easing in England

BBC Lockdown easing in England 'modest' – Jenrick

Cases: 274,762 (+0.71%)
Deaths: 38,489 (+0.29%)

Monday 1 June 2020

Guardian Critics round on No 10 over 'ridiculous' rules for 14-day quarantine

BBC Primary schools back but mixed picture on turn-out

Cases: 276,332 (+0.57%)
Deaths: 39,045 (+1.44%)

Tuesday 2 June 2020

Guardian Keir Starmer warns PM: get a grip or risk second wave of coronavirus

BBC Deaths at lowest level since March

Cases: 276,332 (+0.57%)
Deaths: 39,045 (+1.44%)


Wednesday 3 June 2020

Guardian Priti Patel urged to publish scientific advice behind UK quarantine move

BBC UK quarantine plans and £1,000 penalties confirmed

Cases: 279,856 (+0.67%)
Deaths: 39,728 (+0.84%)

Thursday 4 June 2020

Guardian NHS test-and-trace system 'not fully operational until September'

BBC Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport

Cases: 281,661 (+0.64%)
Deaths: 39,904 (+0.44%)

Friday 5 June 2020

Guardian Official death toll passes 40,000 as infection R rate rises to between 0.7 and 1 in England

BBC UK passes 40,000 coronavirus deaths

Cases: 283,311 (+0.59%)
Deaths: 40,261 (+0.89%)

Saturday 6 June 2020

Guardian Serco wins Covid-19 test-and-trace contract despite £1m fine

BBC NHS trust bosses not consulted over new face mask rules bbc

Cases: 284,868 (+0.55%)
Deaths: 40,465 (+0.51%)


Sunday 7 June 2020

Guardian Charities raise alarm as thousands face poverty

BBC Lockdown delay 'cost a lot of lives', says science adviser

Cases: 286,194 (+0.47%)
Deaths: 40,542 (+0.19%)

Monday 8 June 2020

Guardian UK ministers face legal challenge for refusal to order PPE inquiry

BBC UK daily deaths drop to pre-lockdown level

Cases: 286,194 (+0.47%)
Deaths: 40,542 (+0.19%)

Tuesday 9 June 2020

Guardian Coronavirus leaves one in 10 UK charities facing bankruptcy this year

BBC All primary pupils no longer going back to school

Cases: 289,140 (+1.03%)
Deaths: 40,883 (+1.07%)

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Guardian Boris Johnson takes briefing after Neil Ferguson says lockdown a week earlier would have halved death toll

BBC UK economy could be among worst hit of leading nations, says OECD

Cases: 290,143 (+0.35%)
Deaths: 41,128 (+0.60%)


Thursday 11 June 2020

Guardian NHS unable to trace contacts of 33% of people with coronavirus

BBC Young hit hardest by lockdown financial squeeze

Cases: 291,409 (+0.44%)
Deaths: 41,279 (+0.37%)

Friday 12 June 2020

Guardian R value for all regions close to 1

BBC Government sued over care home deaths 'disgrace'

Cases: 292,950 (+0.53%)
Deaths: 41,481 (+0.49%)

Saturday 13 June 2020

Guardian Beijing reimposes lockdown measures after new Covid-19 outbreak

BBC 'Support bubbles' begin in England and NI

Cases: 294,375 (+0.49%)
Deaths: 41,662 (+0.44%)

Sunday 14 June 2020

Guardian Scientists report flaws in WHO-funded study on 2-metre distancing

BBC Consumers 'should shop with confidence', says PM

Cases: 295,889 (+0.51%)
Deaths: 41,698 (+0.09%)


Monday 15 June 2020

Guardian Covid-19 can damage lungs of victims beyond recognition, expert says

BBC Shoppers rush to the High Street as England stores reopen

Cases: 296,857 (+0.33%)
Deaths: 41,736 (+0.09%)

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Guardian Johnson makes U-turn on free school meals after Rashford campaign

BBC Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug

Cases: 298,136 (+0.43%)
Deaths: 41,969 (+0.56%)

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Guardian Government to fund private tutors for English schools

BBC Matt Hancock's social distancing slip-up caught on camera

Cases: 299,251 (+0.37%)
Deaths: 42,153 (+0.44%)

Thursday 18 June 2020

Guardian Government confirms its contact-tracing app will be ditched

BBC UK virus-tracing app switches to Apple-Google model

Cases: 300,469 (+0.41%)
Deaths: 42,288 (+0.32%)


Friday 19 June 2020

Guardian Over 1,000 deaths a day: UK ministers accused of downplaying Covid-19 peak

BBC Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says all children 'will return to school in September'

Cases: 301,815 (+0.45%)
Deaths: 42,461 (+0.41%)

Saturday 20 June 2020

Guardian Rishi Sunak hints 2-metre rule will be relaxed

BBC What is a second wave and is one coming?

Cases: 303,110 (+0.43%)
Deaths: 42,598 (+0.30%)

Sunday 21 June 2020

Guardian Covid-19 affects BAME youth mental health more than white peers – study

BBC Government to 'bring forward proposals' on reducing 2m social distancing rule

Cases: 304,331 (+0.40%)
Deaths: 42,623 (+0.08%)

Monday 22 June 2020

Guardian Coronavirus shielding scheme to be eased in England from 6 July

BBC Confirmed cases in UK fall to pre-lockdown level

Cases: 304,331 (+0.40%)
Deaths: 42,623 (+0.08%)


Tuesday 23 June 2020

Guardian Easing several lockdown rules at once could boost virus, say UK scientists

BBC Lockdown to be relaxed in England as 2m rule eased

Cases: 306,210 (+0.30%)
Deaths: 42,927 (+0.66%)

Wednesday 24 June 2020

Guardian Life almost as we know it: England's lockdown changes on 4 July

BBC Human trial of new vaccine begins in UK

Cases: 306,862 (+0.21%)
Deaths: 43,081 (+0.36%)

Thursday 25 June 2020

Guardian Europe's cases surge since lockdowns eased; 1,000 Qatar World Cup workers test positive

BBC Europe virus cases rise 'for first time in months'

Cases: 307,980 (+0.36%)
Deaths: 43,230 (+0.35%)

Friday 26 June 2020

Guardian More young people infected with Covid-19 as cases surge globally

BBC Coronavirus death rate falling in hospitals

Cases: 309,360 (+0.45%)
Deaths: 43,414 (+0.43%)


Saturday 27 June 2020

Guardian Met promises to act on illegal parties that flout regulations

BBC Holiday bookings 'explode' as travel restrictions ease

Cases: 310,250 (+0.29%)
Deaths: 43,514 (+0.23%)

Sunday 28 June 2020

Guardian Risk of death in UK care homes 13 times higher than in Germany

BBC Number of virus infections tops 10m worldwide

Cases: 311,151 (+0.29%)
Deaths: 43,550 (+0.08%)

Monday 29 June 2020

Guardian Leicester coronavirus outbreak: mayor 'frustrated' with ministers

BBC Leicester lockdown: Coronavirus restrictions could be extended

Cases: 311,965 (+0.26%)
Deaths: 43,575 (+0.06%)

Tuesday 30 June 2020

Guardian Muddled messaging over Leicester lockdown leaves locals baffled

BBC Leicester lockdown: Police given 'minimal guidance' on new restrictions

Cases: 312,654 (+0.22%)
Deaths: 43,730 (+0.36%)


Wednesday 1 July 2020

Guardian Data reveals coronavirus hotspots in Bradford, Barnsley and Rochdale

BBC Local lockdowns: Misleading claims circulate online

Cases: 313,483 (+0.27%)
Deaths: 43,906 (+0.40%)

Thursday 2 July 2020

Guardian UK set to award Covid-19 testing contracts worth £5bn to private bidders

BBC School safety plans will keep groups apart

# Cases: 283,757 (–9.48%)
Deaths: 43,995 (+0.20%)

Friday 3 July 2020

Guardian Beauty sector angry and puzzled as pubs reopen, but not salons

BBC Pubs can't open in England until 6am as lockdown eased

Cases: 284,276 (+0.18%)
Deaths: 44,131 (+0.31%)


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