1st April


As of 9am today (1st April), a total of 152,979 people have been tested of which 29,474 tested positive.

As of 5pm yesterday (31st March), of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 2,352 have sadly died.


A link to the Care Act easements guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-changes-to-the-care-act-2014

31st March


As of 9am today (31st March), a total of 143,186 people have been tested of which 25,150 tested positive.

As of 5pm yesterday (30th March), of those hospitalised in the UK, 1,789 have sadly died.


A number of pieces of guidance have been published today. These are as follows:

We will share Care Act easement guidance shortly.

30th March


As of 9am 30 March, a total of 134,946 have been tested: 112,805 negative. 22,141 positive. As of 5pm on 29 March, of those hospitalised in the UK, 1,408 have sadly died.

Social care

A letter has been issued from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock to the social care workforce, thanking them for their help on coronavirus (COVID-19) so far. The letter can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-letter-from-the-secretary-of-state-to-the-social-care-workforce

26 March

Testing figures

As of 9.30am today (26th March), 1,809 further people in England have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in England to 9,782. The total for the UK now stands at 11,658, which includes 894 in Scotland, 741 cases in Wales and 241 in Northern Ireland. A total of 104,866 people have been tested across the UK.

As of 5pm yesterday (25th March) 578 people have sadly died.

To ensure data can be verified and published in a timely, consistent way, we are moving to a new system for publication of deaths. Going forwards, figures on deaths will be recorded for the 24 hour period as of 5pm the previous day. Figures on tests remain as of the 24 hour period from 9am that day.

#ClapforOurCarers / #NHSThankYou

A campaign has been launched to show appreciation to all health and social care staff on the frontline, who are working tirelessly across the country in the fight against COVID-19. At 8pm participants should pause what they are doing, open their windows and undertake a round of applause.

Health ministers have been sharing the campaign across social media:

25 March

Testing figures

As of 9am on 24 March, a total of 90,436 have been tested: 82,359 negative. 8,077 positive. As of 1pm, 422 patients who tested positive for coronavirus have sadly died.

CMO video message

An updated message from the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty has been released. The TV ad, radio script and print poster can be found here: https://we.tl/t-DfBiXrAMu9

It can also be found across the following social media networks:

Please share on your communication channels, where appropriate.

NHS Volunteer Responders

The NHS has issued a call for volunteers to help vulnerable people stay safe and well at home. Members of the public can sign up quickly and easily at goodsamapp.org/NHS to become NHS Volunteer Responders, and can be called on to do simple but vital tasks such as:

  • Delivering medicines from pharmacies; 
  • Driving patients to appointments; 
  • Bringing them home from hospital;
  • Or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home. 

NHS Volunteer Responders is not intended to replace local groups helping their vulnerable neighbours but is an additional service provided by the NHS.

GPs, doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, NHS 111 advisers and social care staff will all be able to request help for their at-risk patients via a call centre run by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), who will match people who need help with volunteers who live near to them. Some charities will also be able to refer people to the service. 

NHS Nightingale Hospital A new hospital based in London’s ExCeL conference centre will open next week to provide support for thousands more patients with coronavirus. It will be called the NHS Nightingale Hospital. An associated press notice will follow in a separate update.