The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic spread to the United Kingdom in late January 2020. As of 23 July 2020 there have been 297,146 confirmed cases and 45,554 deaths of confirmed cases, the world's second-highest death rate per capita among major countries. There were 56,052 deaths where the death certificate mentioned COVID-19 by 10 July (see ). More than 90% of those dying had underlying illnesses or were over 60 years old. The infection rate is higher in care homes than in the community. There is large regional variation in the outbreak's severity. In March, London had the highest number of infections while North East England has the highest infection rate. England is the country of the UK with the highest recorded death rate per capita, while Northern Ireland has the lowest. Healthcare in the

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  • The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic spread to the United Kingdom in late January 2020. As of 23 July 2020 there have been 297,146 confirmed cases and 45,554 deaths of confirmed cases, the world's second-highest death rate per capita among major countries. There were 56,052 deaths where the death certificate mentioned COVID-19 by 10 July (see ). More than 90% of those dying had underlying illnesses or were over 60 years old. The infection rate is higher in care homes than in the community. There is large regional variation in the outbreak's severity. In March, London had the highest number of infections while North East England has the highest infection rate. England is the country of the UK with the highest recorded death rate per capita, while Northern Ireland has the lowest. Healthcare in the UK is devolved to each country. The Department of Health and Social Care launched a public health information campaign to help slow the virus's spread, and began posting daily updates in early February. In February, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, introduced the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 for England, and hospitals set up drive-through screening. The Chief Medical Officer for England, Chris Whitty, outlined a four-pronged strategy to tackle the outbreak: contain, delay, research and mitigate. In March, the UK government imposed a stay-at-home order, dubbed "Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives," banning all non-essential travel and contact with people outside one's home (including family and partners), and shutting almost all schools, business, venues, facilities, amenities and places of worship. Those with symptoms, and their households, were told to self-isolate for 7 and 14 days respectively, while those who were extremely vulnerable (those with certain illnesses) were told to shield themselves. People were told to keep apart in public. Police were empowered to enforce the measures, and the Coronavirus Act 2020 gave the government emergency powers not used since the Second World War. It was forecast that lengthy restrictions would severely damage the UK economy, lead to millions of job losses, worsen mental health and suicide rates, and cause "collateral" deaths due to isolation, delays and falling living standards. All four national health services (NHS Wales, Northern Ireland, England and Scotland) worked to raise hospital capacity and set up temporary critical care hospitals. By mid-April NHS Providers, the membership organisation for NHS trusts in England, predicted it could now cope with a peak in cases, and it was reported that social distancing had "flattened the curve" of the epidemic. In late April, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the UK had passed the peak of its outbreak. Daily cases and deaths slowly declined through May and June. The total number of excess deaths in the UK from the start of the outbreak to mid-June is just over 65,000. (en)
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  • The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic spread to the United Kingdom in late January 2020. As of 23 July 2020 there have been 297,146 confirmed cases and 45,554 deaths of confirmed cases, the world's second-highest death rate per capita among major countries. There were 56,052 deaths where the death certificate mentioned COVID-19 by 10 July (see ). More than 90% of those dying had underlying illnesses or were over 60 years old. The infection rate is higher in care homes than in the community. There is large regional variation in the outbreak's severity. In March, London had the highest number of infections while North East England has the highest infection rate. England is the country of the UK with the highest recorded death rate per capita, while Northern Ireland has the lowest. Healthcare in the (en)
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