Live updates: Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK

Use our timeline to follow the latest coronavirus developments relevant to primary care.

Friday 3rd April

UK cases increase to 38,168 and 3605 people are confirmed to have died.

GP leaders say a quarter of GPs are self-isolating, many unnecessarily.

Government relaxes 10-week pension rule.

Wednesday 1st April

UK cases increase to 29,474 and 2352 people are confirmed to have died.

Practices to work through Easter bank holidays.

GPs barred from speaking about PPE shortages.

Tuesday 31st March

UK cases increase to 25,150 and 1789 people are confirmed to have died.

Locum GPs to be guaranteed full death-in-service rights.

Tuesday 24th March

UK cases increase to 6650, and 335 patients are confirmed to have died.

GP practices warned to maintain key services to limit deaths from non-COVID-19 related illnesses.

Friday 20th March

UK cases increase to 3269, and 144 patients are confirmed to have died.

15,000 doctors invited to return to NHS frontline to fight coronavirus.

GPs urged not to stop ARBs or ACE inhibitors.

Monday 16th March

UK cases increase to 1391, and 35 UK patients are confirmed to have died.

CQC inspections suspended.

Top GP urges government to 'get a move on' recalling retired doctors.

Thursday 12th March

UK cases increase to 596, and eight UK patients are confirmed to have died.

Officials say context will count if doctors face complaints in coronavirus outbreak.

Locums demand sick pay and death-in-service guarantee.

Monday 9th March

UK cases increase to 319, and three UK patients are confirmed to have died.

GPonline publishes an overview of the key guidance for GPs.

GPs call for suspension of routine appointments during outbreak.

Wednesday 4th March

Total number of UK cases rises by 34, to a total of 85.

20,000-patient GP practice in Devon closes for 2 weeks.

Monday 24th February

Four British passengers repatriated from a Japanese cruise ship test positive, bringing the total number of UK cases to 13.

Weds 19th February

A total of 4,916 people have now been tested for the virus as of 18th February, of whom 4,907 were confirmed negative and 9 positive.

Sat 15th February

8 of the 9 UK patients reported to have been discharged.

Thurs 13th February

Ninth case reported in the UK – the first in London.

A GP practice in Islington, London closes.

Weds 12th February

The two Brighton practices closed by the outbreak reopen to patients.

The two infected healthcare workers are revealed to be an A&E staffer at Worthing hospital and a locum doctor in Brighton.

Government says it is evaluating the potential impact of coronavirus on UK medicine supply.

Mon 10th February

      GP surgery closes in Brighton as four new cases reported in the UK, bringing the total to 8.
Government declares outbreak a 'serious and imminent threat' to public health.

Sun 9th February

    Fourth case confirmed in the UK.

Thurs 6th February

    Third case confirmed in the UK.

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