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Coronavirus has hit the UK hard, with the country recording more than 3m cases and 120,000 deaths linked to the disease.

The government figures below include confirmed cases only – some people who have the disease are not tested.

Where are the UK’s current coronavirus hotspots?

At the start of the pandemic, London bore the brunt of coronavirus’s impact. After that, the centre of the virus shifted northwards and to areas in Northern Ireland before rising again in London and the south-east.

Everyday life in the UK has been subject to varying degrees of restriction since March, and various national lockdowns currently apply in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These regulations are set by the legislative body in each nation so there are local differences.

Details of the English lockdown are listed here, Scottish lockdown here, Welsh here and Northern Irish here.

How is the disease progressing in the UK?

Cases in the UK first peaked in early April, before falling in late spring and summer. But they then increased again and passed the earlier peak in September, reaching record levels in January.

The number of people in hospital with coronavirus rose sharply after records started at the end of March, peaking in April. That figure has now been rising since September and reached a new record in January.

Deaths surpassed their first-wave peak in January, with daily deaths once again standing at over 1,000.

Since UK regulators approved the Pfizer vaccine in December, the UK’s vaccine rollout has picked up pace. Hundreds of thousands of people are now being vaccinated every day.

Is the UK rolling out the vaccine fast enough?

The government plans to offer 32 million people (nearly half the population) a first dose of the vaccine by the middle of April. This means vaccinating all nine priority groups, including everyone over 50 years old, all clinically vulnerable people and frontline health and social care workers.

This is after the government successfully reached their target of offering the first vaccine dose to everyone in the top four priority groups by mid-February.

How are case rates changing?

Lockdown has brought down case rates for everyone. But different age groups have been affected differently. Throughout the pandemic working-age people aged between 20 and 60 years old have had the highest levels of infection. Meanwhile the over-60s have have had an overall lower case rate, largely because they are more able to self-isolate.

Under-20s have also had a relatively low case rate. Scientists suggest that coronavirus is less transmittable for children, although the impact of reopening schools in England on 8 March remains to be seen.

Find coronavirus cases near you

In the table below, you can find out the number of cases per 100,000 in your area, both for the last week and since the start of the pandemic.

About this data

This data comes comes from Public Health England, working with devolved authorities in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Differences in data collection and publishing schedules may lead to temporary inconsistencies. 3 and 4 October cases totals include cases from previous days published late owing to a technical fault.

The government figures for deaths that are used in this tracker incorporate any deaths that have occurred within 28 days of a positive test. This means that they they are able to quickly capture those deaths occurring in hospitals and care homes, both settings where testing is widespread.

The ONS, along with its counterparts in Scotland and Northern Ireland, captures deaths data differently. They count all deaths where Covid is on the death certificate. About 90% of these deaths are directly due to Covid while it is a contributory factor in the remaining deaths.

  • Due to the unprecedented and ongoing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this article is being regularly updated to ensure that it reflects the current situation as well as possible. Any significant corrections made to this or previous versions of the article will continue to be footnoted in line with Guardian editorial policy.

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