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Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK

The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk level in the UK.

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Number of cases and deaths

As of 9am on 4 June, there have been 5,005,565 tests, with 220,057 tests on 3 June.

281,661 people have tested positive.

As of 5pm on 3 June, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, across all settings, 39,904 have died.

Tests People tested Positive Deaths in all settings
Daily 220,057 Unavailable 1,805 176
Total 5,005,565 Unavailable 281,661 39,904

Breakdown of testing by testing strategy ‘pillars’

  • Pillar 1: swab testing in Public Health England (PHE) labs and NHS hospitals for those with a clinical need, and health and care workers
  • Pillar 2: swab testing for the wider population, as set out in government guidance
  • Pillar 3: serology testing to show if people have antibodies from having had COVID-19
  • Pillar 4: serology and swab testing for national surveillance supported by PHE, ONS, Biobank, universities and other partners to learn more about the prevalence and spread of the virus and for other testing research purposes, for example on the accuracy and ease of use of home testing

See the government’s national testing strategy for more information on the different pillars.

Read our testing methodology document about reporting statistics on testing.

Daily

Pillar 1 Pillar 2 Pillar 3 Pillar 4 Total
People tested 22,977 Unavailable - - Unavailable
Tests 39,735 136,584 40,385 3,353 220,057
Positive 548 1,257 - - 1,805

Cumulative

Pillar 1 Pillar 2 Pillar 3 Pillar 4 Total
People tested 1,290,076 Unavailable - - Unavailable
Tests 1,810,315 2,719,687 194,467 281,096 5,005,565
Positive 188,371 93,290 - - 281,661

Pillar 2 breakdown of test types

In-person (tests processed) Delivery (tests sent out) Total tests
Daily 40,110 96,474 136,584
Cumulative 1,281,026 1,438,661 2,719,687

Pillar 4 breakdown of test types

In-person (tests processed) Delivery (tests sent out) Total tests
Daily 3,353 0 3,353
Cumulative 95,298 185,798 281,096

4 June notes

To ensure consistent reporting across all pillars we have paused reporting the number of people tested due to an issue with the data for pillar 2. There are a small percentage of cases in pillar 2 where a person has been tested more than once or tested positive for coronavirus more than once. Any incorrect figures identified will be corrected.

The total number of tests has been revised since yesterday’s total after the following changes to the historical data:

  • 129 tests added to the pillar 1 cumulative total
  • 422 tests added to the pillar 2 cumulative total
  • 1,262 tests removed from the pillar 3 cumulative total

The daily tests reported today have been added to this revised total rather than the total reported yesterday, so the total today is 711 higher than if you added the daily tests to yesterday’s total.

For pillar 2, the total number of in-person tests today is 1,368 higher than if you added the daily tests to yesterday’s total, and the total for delivery tests is 1,790 lower.

Testing capacity as of 2 June

At 9am on 2 June, testing capacity was 220,213.

Pillar 1 Pillar 2 Pillar 3 Pillar 4 Total
Lab capacity 63,213 116,000 40,000 1,000 220,213

Coronavirus tests are processed in several separate labs. Projected lab capacity is an estimate of each lab’s constrained capacity each day based on the staff, chemical reagents and other resources it has available. These estimates are made locally by the labs themselves.

Further information on the methodology of how capacity is reported is available in the testing methodology document.

Time series

Correspondence with the Statistics Regulator about testing data

The Chair of the Office for Statistics Regulation wrote to us about presentation of statistics about testing.

Read the letter from the regulator.

Read our response, published on 27 May.

General notes

Data on UK tests, positive cases and deaths is updated on this page daily at 2pm or shortly after. The figures for test results and for deaths are compiled from different sources. This is why the figures for deaths are reported from an earlier point in time than the figures for test results.

Daily totals reflect actual counts reported for the previous day. Each day there may be corrections to previous reported figures. This means that previously published daily counts will not necessarily sum to the latest cumulative figure. It also means that today’s cumulative count may not match the previous day’s cumulative count plus today’s daily count.

Notes on deaths figures

From 29 April, figures for deaths include all cases where there is a positive confirmed test for coronavirus. The figures include deaths with lab-confirmed COVID-19 in all settings, not just those in hospital, and this provides us with a single figure on an equivalent basis for the whole of the UK.

These UK figures are compiled from validated data provided by each of the four nations of the UK. Figures from Health Protection Scotland, Public Health Wales and the Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland) have always included tested cases outside hospital. Figures for England from 29 April onwards are provided by Public Health England and draw together several different data sources, including data from NHS England and Improvement, to produce this broader measure.

This approach allows us to compile deaths data on a daily basis using up-to-date figures across all settings. The data includes deaths with lab-confirmed COVID-19 reported as at 5pm the previous day. The amount of time between occurrence of death and reporting in these figures may vary slightly and in some cases could be a few days, so figures at 5pm may not include all deaths for that day.

The PHE method draws on data from 3 data sources and individual records of deaths are included in the figures as soon as they are available in any of these 3 sources.

As announced previously, from 1 June we have stopped publishing a separate count of deaths in hospital as our daily count now provides a count of deaths in all settings. Figures for deaths in hospital in England continue to be published by NHS England.

In addition to these figures, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes weekly counts of deaths in which COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. This publication is issued every Tuesday, starting on 31 March 2020. The ONS series includes cases in all settings, and also includes some cases where COVID-19 is suspected but no test has taken place. ONS detailed data covers England and Wales only, but from 28 April their publication includes a headline summary of registered deaths in the whole of the UK. Their report each Tuesday covers deaths registered up to 11 days before publication.

Material published by PHE

PHE updates a daily dashboard to show trends in UK data on positive tests and deaths and to provide confirmed cases in each local authority and NHS region in England.

Risk level

The risk to the UK is high.

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