Coronavirus (COVID‑19)

Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.

  • Meet outside, or open windows and doors for indoor visitors
  • If you think you have symptoms stay at home and take a PCR test
  • Wear face coverings in crowded places and on public transport
  • Check in to venues when you go out
  • Wash your hands with soap regularly, and for at least 20 seconds
  • Get vaccinated if you’re 18 or over

If you have no symptoms:

If you have coronavirus symptoms:

Recent and upcoming changes

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Changes in England

From 19 July England

England has moved to Step 4 of the roadmap. Everyone should be cautious while managing the risks as cases of COVID-19 remain high. Find out what you should do to protect yourself and others.

Fully vaccinated people returning to England from most amber list countries will not need to quarantine.

From 2 August England

People who have been fully vaccinated in the US and most European countries, will not need to quarantine when arriving in England from amber list countries. There’s also no need for a test on day 8.

From 16 August England

If you’re fully vaccinated or under 18, you will not need to self-isolate following close contact with someone who has COVID-19. You’ll still need to take a PCR test and self-isolate if it’s positive.

Changes in Northern Ireland

From 19 July Northern Ireland

Fully vaccinated people returning to Northern Ireland from amber list countries do not need to self-isolate.

From 26 July Northern Ireland

Up to 15 people from any number of households can meet in a private garden.

The new ‘COVIDCertNI’ app can be used to show proof of vaccination for international travel. Find out more about what you can and cannot do in Northern Ireland on nidirect.

Changes in Scotland

From 19 July Scotland

All of Scotland has moved to Level 0. Up to 8 people from 4 households can meet in your home. Up to 15 people from up to 15 households can meet outside. Read the rules for Scotland on GOV.SCOT.

Changes in Wales

From 17 July Wales

Wales has moved to alert level 1. Up to 6 people can meet indoors. Organised indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 people seated or 200 standing. There are no limits on the numbers of people who can gather outdoors. Up to 30 children from organisations can go to residential centres over the summer holidays. Read more about alert level 1 on GOV.WALES.

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UK statistics

Total vaccinations

46.7 million

people have received their first dose

Last updated 27 July 2021

Vaccination data from the coronavirus data dashboard

Daily hospital admissions


new patients have been admitted to hospital

Last updated 24 July 2021

Healthcare data from the coronavirus data dashboard

Daily new cases


people tested positive with COVID-19

Last updated 28 July 2021

Cases data from the coronavirus data dashboard

All coronavirus information on GOV.UK