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The coronavirus pandemic has now reached most corners of the country, with dozens of local authorities reporting a rise in cases.

More than 9 million tests for Covid-19 have been carried out in the UK, with the Government slightly easing lockdown restrictions since May 10.  The UK’s plan to tackle the pandemic and exit lockdown involves a number of gradual phases, but experts warn there could be a second wave on the horizon. 

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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 so far, both in terms of absolute numbers and the per capita rate, is London. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the capital was “a few weeks ahead” in the infection’s spread than the rest of the country.

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

How did coronavirus spread?

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 did not appear to be spreading between humans. 

At that point, fewer than 60 cases had been found. But now the virus, which has since been named Covid-19, has spread to 185 countries, infecting more than 9.6 million people and killing more than 490,000.

Scientists believe that the virus has mutated into two strains: the older “S-type” appears to be milder and less infectious, while the “L-type” that emerged later spreads quickly and currently accounts for around 70 per cent of cases. 

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