In Depth

How did the coronavirus spread in the UK and where is worst hit?

Jump in recorded deaths as fatalities in community added to daily tally

The number of Covid-19 cases confirmed in the UK has passed 165,000, with more than 26,000 related deaths.

The total leapt up on Wednesday as deaths in the community, such as in care homes, were added to the tally for hospitals in daily official figures for the first time.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who has been standing in for Boris Johnson, said the significantly increased total included previously unrecorded community deaths dating back to 2 March and did not indicate “a sudden surge” in fatalities.

Meanwhile, latest figures show that 52,429 coronavirus tests were carried out on Tuesday - well short of the government’s target of 100,000 daily tests by the end of April.

So which regions of the UK have been hardest hit?

The total

A total of 166,441 people have tested positive and 26,097 have died from the Covid-19 coronavirus in the UK, according to the latest figures - although there are believed to be many more unreported cases.

A total of 765 new deaths were confirmed in the 24 hours to 5pm on Tuesday.

How did the virus spread?

The first confirmed UK case of coronavirus was recorded in York at the end of January. Since then, the number of cases has increased dramatically, spreading fastest in urban centres with international transport connections.

As of Wednesday, London had reported more cases (24,090) than anywhere else in the country. Greater Manchester had confirmed 6,224 cases, with a further 2,782 infections in Birmingham, reports The Times.

Northwick Park in northwest London was one of the hospitals to first declare an emergency over the outbreak, with more than 50 coronavirus patients dying in a fortnight.

Another early hotspot was in the West Midlands, where an outbreak near a church caused a cluster of deaths at the Royal Wolverhampton Hospital.

Where are the UK's cases now?
AreaNumber of deaths
Kent3,272
Birmingham2,782
Lancashire2,695
Hampshire2,689
Surrey2,498
Essex2,451
Hertfordshire2,202
Sheffield2,039
Cumbria1,793
Staffordshire1,650
Oxfordshire1,515
Norfolk1,427
Liverpool1,363
Croydon1,336
Brent1,330
Leeds1,322
County Durham1,279
Derbyshire1,195
Barnet1,176
Southwark1,167
Gloucestershire1,152
Lambeth1,117
Warwickshire1,116
Sunderland1,098
West Sussex1,083
Worcestershire1,081
Manchester1,047
Ealing1,030
Nottinghamshire1,030
Bromley1,027
Northamptonshire1,013
Suffolk999
Wirral971
Sandwell940
Newham938
Walsall920
Wandsworth904
Lewisham898
Harrow886
Leicestershire884
North Yorkshire872
Newcastle upon Tyne852
Enfield824
Cheshire East813
Lincolnshire804
Bradford796
Stockport796
Buckinghamshire789
Wolverhampton777
Sefton770
Gateshead752
Cheshire West and Chester746
Bolton732
Northumberland732
Dudley720
Cambridgeshire718
Waltham Forest712
Hillingdon711
Devon676
Rotherham666
Redbridge658
Sutton656
Coventry649
Merton637
Hounslow635
Leicester630
Havering623
Greenwich620
Wigan615
St. Helens614
Barnsley608
Hammersmith and Fulham605
Bexley597
Hackney597
Bristol, City of593
Tower Hamlets593
Medway592
Westminster588
Salford583
Oldham582
Warrington578
Luton575
Trafford574
Camden567
East Sussex552
Solihull544
East Riding of Yorkshire539
Haringey539
Kirklees533
Knowsley516
Middlesbrough509
South Tyneside501
Wakefield494
Nottingham488
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly482
Derby466
Shropshire464
Somerset464
Central Bedfordshire457
Kensington and Chelsea456
Reading454
North Tyneside450
Barking and Dagenham448
Southampton444
Tameside444
Milton Keynes443
Kingston upon Thames435
Bury434
Doncaster426
Bedford424
Stoke-on-Trent424
Kingston upon Hull, City of422
Rochdale417
Blackpool413
Islington406
Wiltshire405
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole400
Slough370
Wokingham362
Richmond upon Thames358
Brighton and Hove354
Swindon350
South Gloucestershire339
Stockton-on-Tees334
North Lincolnshire329
West Berkshire312
Halton309
Blackburn with Darwen301
Dorset301
Redcar and Cleveland297
Southend-on-Sea290
Herefordshire, County of282
Portsmouth281
Plymouth273
Thurrock269
York258
Darlington253
Telford and Wrekin244
Windsor and Maidenhead240
Calderdale231
Peterborough223
North Somerset218
Bracknell Forest205
Bath and North East Somerset203
Torbay200
Hartlepool167
North East Lincolnshire130
Isle of Wight104
Rutland20
City of London16

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