The White Cliffs of Dover. It's here that a land bridge connected Britain with Europe at Calais at the other side. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Coronavirus in the UK: maps, charts, stats, and news

Coronavirus Information

The SARS-CoV-2 virus that first appeared in January in Wuhan, China, has spread to Germany, along with over 150 other countries. The virus causes a respiratory illness called COVID-19, which causes flu-like symptoms such as dry cough, fever, runny nose and fatigue. There have also been reports of difficulties breathing, an itchy throat, headaches, joint pains, nausea, diarrhea, and shivering.

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 spreads from person to person through infected respiratory droplets, such as saliva or mucus. Transmission can take place indirectly through contact between hands and the mucous membranes of the mouth, the nose or the conjunctiva of the eyes. 

There are many things we still don’t know about this infection, but it seems to be highly contagious and much more dangerous than a normal flu, particularly to people suffering from preexisting health conditions or in advanced age. This is still a rapidly unfolding situation.

Coronavirus news from the UK

March 26, 2020

  • The EU has launched a continent-wide impetus for obtaining more ventilators, but the UK won’t be a part of it because of Brexit.
  • UK becomes biggest donor in the search for a vaccine, donating the equivalent of $254 million.
  • Still too early to tell when the coronavirus will peak in the UK.
  • At the moment, cases seem to be doubling ~every 3 days.

March 25, 2020

March 24, 2020

  • BBC is freeing up as much as 20% of its advertising inventory for use by international health and government organizations wanting to promote public-health messages around Covid-19.
  • UK app aims to help researchers track spread of coronavirus.
  • The BBC’s Norman Smith said there was “no way” that coronavirus restrictions would be lifted within three weeks as the UK heads towards a rise in cases.
  • Trials for coronavirus vaccine could start next month in the UK.


  • More than 6,650 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK, but the actual number of cases is estimated to be much higher, according to the BBC.
  • Boris Johnson has announced a raft of tough new measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The measures require people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes Close non-essential shops and community spaces. Stop all gatherings of more than two people in public.
  • Full list of shops that will stay open.
  • The Boris Johnson speech.


  • Stay isolated or face tougher coronavirus measures, Boris Johnson warns.
  • Primark to close all shops for now.
  • UK urged to waive alcohol duty for companies stepping up to make hand sanitiser.
  • 12% of Britain’s critical beds already occupied by coronavirus patients.
  • UK airlines await government rescue package.
  • Cases seem to surge at Italy’s pace, or even faster.
  • Boris Johnson is addressing the nation now.


  • NHS chief: People should be ashamed of panic buying.
  • People even panic buy alcohol — many shops report empty shelves after pubs closed.
  • Vaccine researcher: ‘Everything is so new’ about the coronavirus.
  • Queue for online grocery delivery lasts well into April for most retailers.
  • GOVERNMENT RESOURCE: What you need to do.
  • An extra 8,000 beds, nearly 1,200 ventilators, and almost 20,000 fully qualified staff will be available from next week.
  • UK government to pay wages of virus-hit workers.
  • Pressure to delay Brexit talks as coronavirus crisis looms nearer and nearer.



  • Boris Johnson says the UK can turn the tide in 12 weeks. His advisor’s models suggest otherwise.
  • UK reportedly close to immunity test — this would allow doctors to see who has had the disease and is ready to exit social isolation.
  • There is a serious impetus to develop a UK vaccine, sources report.
  • Some pubs close across the country, as confusion still looms about what should stay open and what not.
  • UK has one of the fastest coronavirus growth curves in the world.
  • Boris Johnson promises over three hundred billion pounds to ease the shock of the outbreak on businesses.
  • UK interest levels slashed to lowest rate ever.
  • The country is also working on buying antibody tests, in addition to developing its own.
  • Criticism continues to mount regarding the country’s initial outbreak approach. Editor-in-Chief of the Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical scientific journals publishes a scorching article, criticizing initial lack of action.
  • Scottish exams canceled for the first time in history.
This entry was posted in Science on by .

About Mihai Andrei

Andrei's background is in geophysics, and he's been fascinated by it ever since he was a child. Feeling that there is a gap between scientists and the general audience, he started ZME Science -- and the results are what you see today.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.