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

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

Friday 4th December

UK cases increase to 1,674,134 and 60,113 people are confirmed to have died.

Care home vaccination to begin as Scottish minister says Pfizer vaccine packs can be split up

Tuesday 1st December

UK cases increase to 1,629,657 and 58,448 people are confirmed to have died.

Government says pregnant women and under-18s will not be offered COVID-19 vaccine.

Monday 30th November

UK cases increase to 1,617,327 and 58,245 people are confirmed to have died.

Shielded patients and care home residents to receive free vitamin D

 

Tuesday 24th November

UK cases increase to 1,527,495 and 55,230 people are confirmed to have died.

Practices can use £150m COVID fund to hire locum GPs, BMA confirms

Monday 23rd November

UK cases increase to 1,512,045 and 55,024 people are confirmed to have died.

GPs expect major COVID vaccination role as soon as first doses are ready.

Oxford COVID vaccine is up to 90% effective, latest data reveal.

Thursday 19th November

UK cases increase to 1,430,732 and 52,745 people are confirmed to have died.

COVID-19 vaccine to be submittted for approval 'within days'

Wednesday 18th November

UK cases increase to 1,410,732 and 52,745 people are confirmed to have died.

GPs hit out over 'unrealistic expectations' in COVID-19 vaccine plans

Tuesday 17th November

UK cases increase to 1,390,681 and 52,147 people are confirmed to have died.

40 NHS long-COVID clinics to open across England 'within weeks'

Monday 9th November

UK cases increase to 1,192,013 and 49,044 people are confirmed to have died.

Wednesday 4th November

UK cases increase to 1,073,882 and 47,250 people are confirmed to have died.

NHS confirms 'deal with GPs' to deliver COVID jab - but it may not be ready until 2021.

Tuesday 3rd November

UK cases increase to 1,053,864 and 46,853 people are confirmed to have died.

GPs handed access to COVID-19 swab tests for staff and patients.

New conditions added to shielded patient list ahead of England-wide lockdown.

Monday 2nd November

UK cases increase to 1,034,914 and 46,717 people are confirmed to have died.

GPs forced to cover non-clinical staff as illness and fatigue hit workforce.

Wednesday 28th October

UK cases increase to 917,575 and 45,365 people are confirmed to have died.

GPs to be told 'shortly' how they can reclaim PPE costs.

Hundreds of GPs a month seek mental health support as COVID-19 pressure bites.

Tuesday 27th October

UK cases increase to 894,690 and 44,998 people are confirmed to have died.

GPs demand support as COVID hotspots sound alarm over rising workload.

Monday 26th October

UK cases increase to 873,800 and 44,896 people are confirmed to have died.

Three in five GPs say they or clinical colleagues have been forced to self-isolate within the past fortnight.

Friday 23rd October

UK cases increase to 810,467 and 44,347 people are confirmed to have died.

Failure to involve GPs in COVID-19 test and trace labelled 'a disaster and a national shame'.

Wednesday 21st October

UK cases increase to 762,542 and 43,967 people are confirmed to have died.

GP practices face losses 'in excess of £50,000' as COVID-19 hits income.

Tuesday 20th October

UK cases increase to 741,212 and 43,726 people are confirmed to have died.

GPs warn government off PCN-led test and trace system.

Monday 19th October

UK cases increase to 722,409 and 43,646 people are confirmed to have died.

Law changed to allow physios and paramedics to administer vaccines during pandemic.

Friday 16th October

UK cases increase to 673,622 and 43,293 people are confirmed to have died.

Thursday 15th October

UK cases increase to 654,644 and 43,155 people are confirmed to have died.

GPs face wave of complaints due to COVID-19 impact on NHS.

Wednesday 14th October

UK cases increase to 634,920 and 43,018 people are confirmed to have died.

GPs demand clarity on 'triger point' for return of COVID-19 shielding.

Tuesday 13th October

UK cases increase to 617,688 and 42,875 people are confirmed to have died.

Government confirms shielding could return in areas hit hardest by COVID-19.

Monday 12th October

UK cases increase to 603,716 and 42,825 people are confirmed to have died.

Government plans to roll out routine testing for GPs in COVID-19 hotspots

Friday 9th October

UK cases increase to 561,815 and 42,592 people are confirmed to have died.

Thursday 8th October

UK cases increase to 544,275 and 42,515 people are confirmed to have died.

Three quarters of GPs report patients struggling to get COVID tests.

NHS to roll out specialist long COVID clinics across England

Wednesday 7th October

UK cases increase to 530,113 and 42,445 people are confirmed to have died.

Tuesday 6th October

UK cases increase to 515,571 and 42,369 people are confirmed to have died.

GPs urge government to consider indirect COVID-19 harms in lockdown decisions.

NICE, SIGN and RCGP to develop 'rapid guidance' on long COVID.

Monday 5th October

UK cases increase to 502,978 and 42,350 people are confirmed to have died.

Friday 2nd October

UK cases increase to 460,178 and 42,202 people are confirmed to have died.

Wednesday 30th September

UK cases increase to 446,156 and 42,072 people are confirmed to have died.

BMA warns COVID second wave could overwhelm GPs without urgent support.

BMA warns government must show evidence behind PPE strategy.

Tuesday 29th September

UK cases increase to 439,013 and 42,001 people are confirmed to have died.

Friday 25th September

UK cases increase to 416,363 and 41,902 people are confirmed to have died.

Updated government advice says care home residents and staff will be first to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

Wednesday 23rd September

UK cases increase to 403,551 and 41,825 people are confirmed to have died.

BMA demands 'rule of six' overhaul to prevent further lockdowns.

Friday 18th September

UK cases increase to 381,614 and 41,705 people are confirmed to have died.

Thursday 17th September

UK cases increase to 378,219 and 41,684 people are confirmed to have died.

Government denies plan to make GPs 'gatekeepers' of COVID-19 testing.

Wednesday 16th September

UK cases increase to 374,228 and 41,664 people are confirmed to have died.

GPs demand priority COVID-19 testing to secure workforce in second wave.

BMA demands greater protection for doctors as it remembers COVID-19 deaths.

Monday 14th September

UK cases increase to 368,504 and 41,628 people are confirmed to have died.

GMC fitness to practise advice changed to factor in COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday 11th September

UK cases increase to 358,138 and 41,608 people are confirmed to have died.

BMA chair urges GPs to be open about mental health amid pandemic.

Thursday 10th September

UK cases increase to 355,219 and 41,594 people are confirmed to have died.

Poll reveals fears over COVID-19 inequality as patients' confidence in GP visits returns.

Wednesday 9th September

UK cases increase to 352,560 and 41,586 people are confirmed to have died.

RCGP demands support for GPs dealing with thousands of 'long COVID' patients.

Doctors urge government to 'get a grip' as COVID-19 testing falters.

Monday 7th September

UK cases increase to 347,152 and 41,551 people are confirmed to have died.

Friday 4th September

UK cases increase to 340,411 and 41,527 people are confirmed to have died.

RCGP backs weekly COVID-19 testing for all NHS staff.

Thursday 3rd September

UK cases increase to 338,676 and 41,514 people are confirmed to have died.

Wednesday 2nd September

UK cases increase to 337,168 and 41,504 people are confirmed to have died.

Popular Welsh GP becomes 13th to die after contracting COVID-19.

Tuesday 1st September

UK cases increase to 335,873 and 41,501 people are confirmed to have died.

BMA poll shows one in 6 GPs plan to quit or retire early after COVID-19

Friday 28th August

UK cases increase to 330,368 and 41,477 people are confirmed to have died.

Government says physios and paramedics could deliver flu and COVID-19 vaccines.

Thursday 27th August

UK cases increase to 328,846 and 41,465 people are confirmed to have died.

Wednesday 26th August

UK cases increase to 327,798 and 41,449 people are confirmed to have died.

Tuesday 25th August

UK cases increase to 326,086 and 41,433 people are confirmed to have died.

Monday 24th August

UK cases increase to 325,642 and 41,429 people are confirmed to have died.

BMA poll shows sharp rise in GPs reporting worsening mental health in COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday 20th August

UK cases increase to 322,280 and 41,403 people are confirmed to have died.

NHS England's top GP defends practices' response to COVID-19.

Wednesday 19th August

UK cases increase to 320,286 and 41,380 people are confirmed to have died.

Tuesday 18th August

UK cases increase to 319,197 and 41,369 people are confirmed to have died.

Monday 17th August

UK cases increase to 318,484 and 41,366 people are confirmed to have died.

Patients who refuse to wear a mask could be denied face-to-face GP appointment.

Friday 14th August

UK cases increase to 316,367 and 41,358 people are confirmed to have died.

Thursday 13th August

UK cases increase to 313,798 and 41,329 people are confirmed to have died after Public Health England revises the way daily death statistics are reported.

Poll suggests more than one in five GPs has had COVID-19.

Tuesday 11th August

UK cases increase to 311,641.

Monday 10th August

UK cases increase to 310,825.

Friday 7th August

UK cases increase to 309,005.

Wednesday 5th August

UK cases increase to 307,184.

Details on how practices can claim COVID-19 support funding announced.

Tuesday 4th August

UK cases increase to 306,293.

Friday 31st July

UK cases increase to 302,301.

Government changes self-isolation rules for GPs going abroad.

Thursday 30th July

UK cases increase to 301,455.

People with COVID-19 symptoms asked to self-isolate for 10 days.

Monday 27th July

UK cases increase to 299,426.

Tuesday 21st July

UK cases increase to 295,372.

Monday 20th July

UK cases increase to 294,792. Public Health England pauses publication of daily death statistics to review the way these are reported.

Promising early results reported for UK COVID-19 vaccine.

Friday 17th July

UK cases increase to 292,552 and 45,119 people are confirmed to have died.

GP clinical administration work surges as practices tackle COVID-19 backlog.

Thursday 16th July

UK cases increase to 291,911 and 45,053 people are confirmed to have died.

Monday 13th July

UK cases increase to 289,603 and 44,819 people are confirmed to have died.

Government clarifies how GPs should handle COVID-19 test results.

Thursday 9th July

UK cases increase to 286,979 and 44,517 people are confirmed to have died.

GPs condemn 'deafening silence' from chancellor on COVID support funding.

Tuesday 7th July

UK cases increase to 285,768 and 44,236 people are confirmed to have died.

RCGP says lessons from pandemic can shape sustainable post-COVID general practice.

Monday 6th July

UK cases reported to have reached 285,416 after adjustment of the figure to remove duplicates, and 44,220 people are confirmed to have died.

GPs being asked to contact all children on shielding lists this summer.

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