UK Coronavirus Tracker

Last Updated: 20th October

Page is updated each Tuesday. Follow me on Twitter for any updates!

Alternative Death Counts

  • Confirmed Deaths: 43,967
  • ONS Death Certificate Deaths: 58,164
  • Excess Deaths: 65,868

This is the number of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus. We can think of this as the absolute minimum number of people who have died from the virus. This figure comes from the Government. 

This is the number of people who have died with COVID-19 being mentioned on their death certificate as a confirmed or suspected cause of death, even if no test was conducted. This figure comes from ONS/NRS/NISRA.

This is how many more deaths we've seen in 2020 (since March 7th, the week of the first coronavirus death in the UK), from all causes, than we would normally see in a typical year.

Fatality Rate

5.8%

This is the percentage of people who have died after testing positive for the virus. (The confirmed deaths / the number of cases)

The real fatality rate will likely be much lower, as not everyone who catches the virus gets tested.

Deaths by Age and Sex

Deaths by Week and Country

In Total
Per 1m Population

Deaths by Local Authority

New Deaths by Local Authority this Week Map

Alternative Death Counts by Country / Region

Deaths from All Causes, 2015 – Present

Excess Deaths by Week

Excess Deaths by Week and Country

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About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page from NHS Scotland has some great information about the virus, and how you can look after your own physical / mental health during these difficult times.

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F.A.Q

Me! I’m John, a 25-year-old student and Cat lover at the University of the Highlands and Islands. I started tracking the Scottish Coronavirus (COVID-19) data in a spreadsheet out of interest, which eventually led to me making a web page for it. Then a few months later, I made one for the UK too! 

Rather than buying a new domain to host it, I just added them to my ‘Travelling Tabby’ website. This is a travel blog, and has absolutely nothing to do with the Coronavirus. Still, feel free to look around!

The blog hasn’t got much on it yet, and I’ve not had any time for it recently. But you can still check out the destination pages to get some ideas for places to visit in the future, whether that is in the UK or abroad! 

If you need to contact me, you can visit my contact page here, use the contact form on this page, or email me at [email protected]I will try to respond when I can, although I’m quite busy right now and get a lot of emails, so replies may take a week or two!

Loads! Here are the ones I have bookmarked:

Coronainfo – Additional UK Data

Worldometers – Worldwide Data

Who – Worldwide Data

NYT – USA Data

I’ve also got a page to keep track of Scotland specifically, which you can view here

Yeah! I routinely post different types of charts and comparisons on Twitter!

Also, Here is a link to the spreadsheet I useFeel free to download a copy! It’s not very well laid out, and I’m normally messing around with something in it.. so if you see any random numbers just ignore them!

There’s not much ‘new’ data on there, it is just the current stuff on this page and a lot of historical data. But I’m sure some people will have a use for it 🙂

Sorry! A lot of people have this issue, and I have no idea what is causing it. My only suggestion would be to try viewing the page on another browser, as it just seems to be Firefox on Mac that doesn’t work. If you can, try to refresh your cache and see if it works better after that!

It’s a WordPress site, built with Elementor. That covers most of the page, but all the graphs/charts/tables are embeds from a range of different places! 

These are Datawrapper, Flourish, and Everviz. The Datawrapper and Flourish charts will mention their name in the footer, and if there’s no mention, it is an Everviz chart. Oh, and the non-Datawrapper maps are made with the MapSVG plugin!

I’d be happy to answer any other questions about it, but it is quite simple. A lot of manual data entry! 

Additional Information / Clarifications

Basically, the death figures which are reported each day by each nation are the number of confirmed deaths from Coronavirus. These are deaths where the deceased had tested positive for Coronavirus within the last 28 days. These numbers are used for the total number of deaths, country comparisons, etc. 

However, ONS put out a report, once a week, which includes all deaths where Coronavirus was confirmed or suspected/presumed (where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate). These numbers are therefore higher than the government ones. This report also breaks the deaths down into more detail, telling us the age, sex, and region of the deceased. The government numbers do not give us much additional information.

So the charts which break deaths down by region, age, or sex, are likely using the ONS total number of deaths. These charts will be updated once a week on Tuesday when the new report is released. 

Sorry if this causes any confusion, and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about it! But I’ll try to add a footnote to each chart which is using ONS figures for deaths, just to say that it is. 

These let people see how the UK is doing to some other countries around the world! Just bear in mind that making direct comparisons between countries like this has a lot of issues. Different countries, even inside the UK, will do things differently. 

The number of cases will directly relate to how aggressive the country is on testing – a country that carries out more tests will have more cases. Some countries also record deaths differently. 

There’s really no perfect way to compare countries, but the comparisons here at least give us a basic look at how things are.

Some notes on specific countries:

  • Ireland uses confirmed + suspected deaths in their total, whereas all the other countries use confirmed only deaths (as far as I am aware). This makes Ireland’s death count look worse than it really is. 
  • The UK test total is made up of all antigen ‘processed’ tests (pillar 1 & 2). It doesn’t include ‘sent out’ tests, antibody tests (pillar 3), or surveillance tests (pillar 4). These are included in the total the UK gov puts out, which is why my number here is lower. You can see more about the types of tests here.

Also, different countries tend to go backwards and backdate new infections/deaths to different dates. It would be too much work for me to constantly do this, so historical data for other countries may not always match the official numbers. The current total will always be correct though! 

Local authority data is great, but it’s not always completely accurate. It requires a postcode from the infected, and these aren’t always easily obtained. The sum of the local authority cases will not match the UK totals for this reason, but they’ll still be mostly accurate and give a good indication of where the new infections are occurring. 

I get the data for the English local authorities from two different sources. The infection data from gov.uk, and the death data from ONS. The issue is that gov.uk and ONS use different local authority ‘lists’, so the areas in England don’t exactly match up. And to make things even more confusing, those areas they use don’t quite match up with the map I use either!

Most regions are fine, and will include both deaths and infections as normal. But there are a few odd areas which I’ll mention below:

‘Aylesbury Vale’, ‘South Bucks’, and ‘Wycombe’ do not have any death data, but they do have infection data. Their death data is all merged together into ‘Buckinghamshire’. And ‘Buckinghamshire’ does not have any infection data, as it is spread out across the previously mentioned regions. 

‘Cornwall’ and ‘Isles of Scilly’ have their infection data combined into ‘Cornwall’. As a result, the ‘Isles of Scilly’ region has no infection data. Although both regions do have their own death data.

‘Hackney’ and ‘City of London’ have their infection data combined into ‘Hackney’. As a result, the ‘City of London’ region has no infection data. Although both regions do have their own death data.

Everything else, including all the regions in Scotland/Wales/NI, are fine.

Sorry for any confusion with this! With data coming in from so many sources, with varying definitions, and always being backdated and changed, it’s hard to keep on top of! But here’s an explanation for some of the more obvious differences: 

The testing data on my page is using processed pillar 1 + 2 tests only, it’s not counting antibody/research tests, or tests which are only sent out in the mail. You can see more on the UK wide test data here

The infection increases on my page are showing the differences between yesterday’s reported total, and todays total. Sometimes infections will be backdated to previous dates, but it’s too much work for me to keep on top of this, so I just go with the daily reported figures. So if you compare my historical data to the official historical data, they might not match up exactly.

The local authority/regional totals will rarely ever sum up to match the national total. This is caused by missing location data, and numbers constantly being adjusted. 

I get Scotlands hospital data from the Scottish government directly. The other nations come from the UK gov dashboard. These numbers don’t always seem to match the figures from the Welsh/NI governments directly, for some reason (plus the Welsh/NI figures are normally a day out of date, so when that happens I’ll just carry the previous days number over). The hospital data also doesn’t seem to be updated over the weekend for anywhere other than Scotland/England, so the Wales/NI figures probably won’t change over the weekend (then I’ll go back and adjust them when the correct figures come out on Monday).

Also, the Northern Ireland currently in hospital (but not ICU) figures are changed every day, for some reason. Literally, every figure they’ve got, spanning all the way back to April, gets a slight adjustment nearly every day. I’ve got no idea why they do it, but if you see the historical Northern Ireland in hospital data not matching the official UK gov figures, that will be why. I try to go back and update it all once a week, but as I mentioned they change it every day, so it’s hard to always keep on top of.  

That should explain most of it! But then again I could have just made a typo, so feel free to let me know if you think something isn’t correct! 

Disclaimer

The data on this page is mostly obtained from official sources, and it is accurate to the best of my knowledge. However, I am only human! I sometimes make miscalculations, or typos. Don’t always take the information on this page as fact and base decisions off it. 

All the sources are listed above, as is the spreadsheet I make all my calculations in, so feel free to double check the data and let me know if you think something isn’t correct!

This website is not associated with the UK government, NHS, or any other organization. It is just run by an individual.