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Covid UK: coronavirus cases, deaths and vaccinations today – The Guardian

The latest daily updates on coronavirus cases in your local area and nationally. Check week-on-week changes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the latest figures from public health authorities
Last modified on Wed 15 Dec 2021 06.17 EST
Coronavirus has hit the UK hard, with the country recording more than 10m cases and 140,000 deaths linked to the disease.
The government figures below include confirmed cases only – some people who have the disease are not tested.

At the start of the pandemic, London bore the brunt of coronavirus’s impact before the centre of the virus shifted northwards. More recently, hotspots have now developed again across the country, with London being hit earliest by the Omicron wave.
Everyday life in the UK has been subject to varying degrees of restriction since March 2020, although national restrictions were relaxed in all four nations of the UK over the summer of 2021.
Details of the English guidance are listed here, Scottish guidance here, Welsh guidance here and Northern Irish here.
Cases in the UK first peaked in early April 2020, before falling in late spring and summer. After reaching a record level in January 2021, cases declined sharply. They remained high but stable after the latest lockdown release in July 2021, but have since surged with the arrival of the Omicron variant. The number of tests available affects the number of recorded cases.
The number of people in hospital with coronavirus rose sharply after records started at the end of March 2020, peaking in April. That figure began rising again in September and reached a new record in January 2021. It is now at a relatively low level but is increasing steadily throughout winter 2021-22.
Deaths surpassed their first-wave peak in January 2021, with daily deaths once again standing at over 1,000. As with hospitalisations, the number of deaths is now at a relatively low level, although there has been an increase over the autumn and winter.
In this graph, deaths are counted as people who have died within 28 days of their first positive test. Counting everyone with Covid-19 listed as a cause on their death certificate results in a higher figure (see note below).
Since mid-May 2021, cases have shot up at a rate comparable to the start of the second wave in autumn 2020. However, hospitalisations and deaths remain much lower than at the equivalent time during the second wave. Scientists say this is down to the protective effects of vaccines.
Since UK regulators approved the Pfizer vaccine in December 2020, the UK’s vaccine rollout has picked up pace. Until early July, hundreds of thousands of people were being vaccinated every day, although this then slowed down. The introduction of the booster campaign in October 2021 increased vaccine rollout once again.
With first-dose vaccines open to over-12s in the UK from 20 October 2021, vaccines are available to everyone except younger children. However, in all age groups there is a persistent number of people who are not vaccinated. The lowest rates of vaccination are among younger age groups. While they were the last to be invited for vaccinations, there are concerns about vaccine hesitancy among younger people.
By looking at vaccine take-up in the days since it became available to each age cohort, we can see that for younger age groups, take-up tends to be slower.
Lockdown had brought down case rates for everyone. But different age groups have been affected differently. Throughout the pandemic working-age people between 20 and 60 have had the highest levels of infection.
This has become more stark since the vaccine rollout has protected many of the more vulnerable elderly people in society, with case rates rising among the younger groups while staying relatively low among older people.
In the table below, you can find out the number of cases per 100,000 in your area, both for the last week and since the start of the pandemic.
This data comes comes from Public Health England, working with devolved authorities in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Differences in data collection and publishing schedules may lead to temporary inconsistencies.
The government figures for deaths that are used in this tracker incorporate any deaths that have occurred within 28 days of a positive test. This means they are able to quickly capture deaths occurring in hospitals and care homes, both settings where testing is widespread.
The ONS, along with its counterparts in Scotland and Northern Ireland, captures deaths data differently. They count all deaths where Covid is on the death certificate. About 90% of these deaths are directly due to Covid while it is a contributory factor in the remaining deaths.
Due to the unprecedented and ongoing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this article is being regularly updated to ensure that it reflects the current situation as well as possible. Any significant corrections made to this or previous versions of the article will continue to be footnoted in line with Guardian editorial policy.


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