Coronavirus (COVID‑19)

COVID-19 remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.

  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer
  • Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • Get tested and self-isolate if required
  • If you haven’t already, get vaccinated

Recent and upcoming changes

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Changes in England

Changes to the red list for international travel , this guidance applies to England

South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia are now on the travel red list. If you arrive in England before 4am on 28 November, you must quarantine at home and take day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. If you arrive after then, you must book and stay in a managed quarantine hotel.

Booster vaccines , this guidance applies to England

People aged 40 to 49 can now get a booster vaccine 6 months after their second dose. Book your vaccination appointment online or find a walk-in clinic.

Vaccinations for 12 to 17 year olds , this guidance applies to England

All young people aged 16 and 17 can now get their second vaccine dose from 12 weeks after their first one. All young people aged 12 to 15 can now get their first vaccine dose. Book your vaccination appointment online or find a walk-in clinic.

Changes in Northern Ireland

Changes to the red list for international travel , this guidance applies to Northern Ireland

South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia are now on the travel red list. If you arrive in Northern Ireland before 4am on 28 November, you must quarantine at the place you say you’re staying on your passenger locator form and take day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. If you arrive after then, you must book and stay in a managed quarantine hotel.

Booster vaccines , this guidance applies to Northern Ireland

People aged 40 to 49 can now get a booster vaccine 6 months after their second dose. They will get their booster at a Health and Social Care Trust vaccination hub or community pharmacy.

Vaccinations for young people , this guidance applies to Northern Ireland

All young people aged 16 and 17 will soon be able to book their second vaccine from 12 weeks after their first dose at an HSC Trust vaccination hub.

All young people aged 12 to 15 can get a first vaccine through the school-based vaccination programme or at an HSC Trust vaccination hub. Find out more about how to get vaccinated in Northern Ireland.

Changes in Scotland

Booster vaccines , this guidance applies to Scotland

People aged 40 to 49 can now get a booster vaccine 6 months after their second dose. Find out more about the booster vaccine on NHS Inform.

Vaccinations for young people , this guidance applies to Scotland

All young people aged 12 to 17 are invited to book an appointment or can attend a drop-in clinic to get their vaccine. Find out more about vaccinations for young people on NHS inform.

Vaccine certification required for late night venues and large events , this guidance applies to Scotland

You now need to show proof that you’re fully vaccinated using either the NHS Scotland COVID Status app, a paper copy of your vaccination record, or proof that you’re exempt, to enter late night venues and large events. Find out more on GOV.SCOT.

Changes in Wales

Changes to the red list for international travel , this guidance applies to Wales

South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia are now on the travel red list. You cannot enter Wales if you have been in a red list country in the last 10 days. You must book and stay in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days and take PCR tests on day 2 and day 8.

Booster vaccines , this guidance applies to Wales

People aged 40 to 49 will be invited to have their booster vaccine. Your health board will contact you when it’s your turn.

Vaccinations for 12 to 17 year olds , this guidance applies to Wales

All young people aged 16 and 17 will be invited to have their second vaccine from 12 weeks after their first dose. All young people aged 12 to 15 can contact their health board if they have not received their first dose.

NHS COVID Pass , this guidance applies to Wales

From 15 November, if you are over 18, you must show the NHS COVID Pass to enter theatres, cinemas and concert halls in Wales.

Self-isolate if someone in your household has symptoms , this guidance applies to Wales

If someone in your household has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19, you should self-isolate and get a PCR test. If you’re not fully vaccinated and over 17, self-isolate for 10 days and take a test on days 2 and 8. Children under 5 do not need to self-isolate. Read the complete self-isolation rules on GOV.WALES.

Testing and vaccinations

Testing for COVID-19

Find out how to get tested, what your test result means and how to report your result.

COVID-19 vaccination

Get your COVID-19 vaccination including booster dose, read about how vaccinations work and what happens when you have one.

Guidance and support

Staying safe

Includes advice on preventing the spread of COVID-19, mental health and domestic abuse

Testing and self-isolating

Includes information on getting tested for COVID-19, reporting your results and how to self-isolate

International travel

Includes showing your vaccination status, travelling to England and filling in your passenger locator form

Long COVID

Includes advice, support and treatment options

Self-employment and businesses

Includes keeping your business safe and getting financial support

Work and support

Includes guidance on finding work, self-employment and benefits
  • Guidance on finding work, claiming benefits, and managing debts and pensions if you’re being made redundant.

Schools, universities, education and childcare

Includes guidance for parents, carers, students and education settings

See specific guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

UK COVID-19 statistics

Daily summary of COVID-19 testing, cases and vaccinations

People tested positive

Daily 50,091

Last 7 days 309,353 28,225 (10.0%)

Patients admitted to hospital

Daily 730

Last 7 days 5,555 -651 (-10.5%)

People vaccinated, percentage of population aged 12 and over

First dose 88.5% (50,875,712 people)

Second dose 80.4% (46,255,081 people)