Latest figures

The latest coronavirus figures for the UK are: 56,221 people have been tested, of whom 2,626 were positive; 104 people are known to have died.

Testing to increase

Work is underway to increase the capacity of the NHS and Public Health England to test 25,000 people per day for coronavirus. For context, fewer than 60,000 people have been tested so far since the first case was reported in the UK, so this will be a major increase in testing capacity.

The new level of testing will, it is hoped, be achieved within four weeks. An increase to 10,000 tests per day is expected to be achieved next week.

Read the full announcement.

Policy briefing on the Coronavirus Bill

An official briefing has now been published on the emergency legislation mentioned in yesterday’s update. You can read it here. The Bill will be formally tabled in the House of Commons on Thursday. 

Free access to NHS websites by mobile

The UK’s major mobile operators – EE, O2 and Vodafone – have announced that they will make access to NHS websites free, without affecting people’s data allowances. This includes the nhs.uk site, and the equivalent sites in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Further information

Please see our further resources, below, for more information. Our helpline remains open from 9:30am to 5pm on weekdays.

Coronavirus – what to do

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Self-care during self-isolation and social distancing.