Are coronavirus cases rising or falling in your area? Use our tool to find out

The coronavirus pandemic has reached most corners of the country, infecting more than 361,000 Britons and killing more than 41,000 people. After a nationwide lockdown that lasted almost four months, many restrictions on daily life were lifted on July 4. However, the Government's strategy has now turned to focus on local lockdowns, targeting areas which have suffered outbreaks. On June 30, Leicester became the first UK city to be plunged back into lockdown. Other areas including Greater Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford, Blackburn, Preston, Bolton and Caerphilly have had new restrictions introduced. From Monday September 14, social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England. The new rules follow a surge in Covid-19 infections. More than 19.2 million tests for Covid-19 have been processed in the UK and the Government’s plan to tackle the pandemic involves a number of gradual phases, but experts warn there could be a second wave on the horizon, particularly as infection rates have been rising across Europe.  Search for your area Public Health England release a daily update on how many confirmed cases of coronavirus there are in each English local authority. Type in your postcode in the tool below to find out how many cases there have been in your local area. The region hit hardest by coronavirus, both in terms of absolute numbers and the per capita rate, is London, but cases and deaths have fallen steadily since the end of lockdown. While they have lower total numbers, Wales and Scotland also have similarly high rates per million. Read more: Are we heading for a second lockdown? How did coronavirus spread worldwide? At the end of December, the Chinese authorities sent out a public alert warning that a “pneumonia of unknown cause” had been identified in Wuhan, central China. Some 10 days later, on January 7, scientists announced that a new coronavirus was the source of the outbreak – quickly adding that it then did not appear to be spreading between humans.  At that point, fewer than 60 cases had been found. But now the virus, since given the name SARS-CoV-2, has spread to 185 countries, infecting more than 28.2 million people with the disease Covid-19 and killing more than 900,000. This map, which updates automatically, shows where the disease is now, how many cases there have been and how many people have died:

Are coronavirus cases rising or falling in your area? Use our tool to find out

The coronavirus pandemic has reached most corners of the country, infecting more than 361,000 Britons and killing more than 41,000 people.

After a nationwide lockdown that lasted almost four months, many restrictions on daily life were lifted on July 4.

However, the Government's strategy has now turned to focus on local lockdowns, targeting areas which have suffered outbreaks. On June 30, Leicester became the first UK city to be plunged back into lockdown. Other areas including Greater Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford, Blackburn, Preston, Bolton and Caerphilly have had new restrictions introduced.

From Monday September 14, social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England. The new rules follow a surge in Covid-19 infections.

More than 19.2 million tests for Covid-19 have been processed in the UK and the Government’s plan to tackle the pandemic involves a number of gradual phases, but experts warn there could be a second wave on the horizon, particularly as infection rates have been rising across Europe. 

Search for your area

Public Health England release a daily update on how many confirmed cases of coronavirus there are in each English local authority.

Type in your postcode in the tool below to find out how many cases there have been in your local area.

The region hit hardest by coronavirus, both in terms of absolute numbers and the per capita rate, is London, but cases and deaths have fallen steadily since the end of lockdown.

While they have lower total numbers, Wales and Scotland also have similarly high rates per million.

Read more: Are we heading for a second lockdown?

How did coronavirus spread worldwide?

At the end of December, the Chinese authorities sent out a public alert warning that a “pneumonia of unknown cause” had been identified in Wuhan, central China.

Some 10 days later, on January 7, scientists announced that a new coronavirus was the source of the outbreak – quickly adding that it then did not appear to be spreading between humans. 

At that point, fewer than 60 cases had been found. But now the virus, since given the name SARS-CoV-2, has spread to 185 countries, infecting more than 28.2 million people with the disease Covid-19 and killing more than 900,000.

This map, which updates automatically, shows where the disease is now, how many cases there have been and how many people have died: