How many coronavirus cases are in your area? Use our tool to find out

Enter your postcode in the tool below to find out how many people have been infected by coronavirus in your area

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

So far, Hampshire and central London – including Southwark, Lambeth and Westminster – have seen the most recorded cases, as the number of cases in the UK enters the tens of thousands.

More than 120,000 people across the UK have been tested for Covid-19, with the Government releasing an emergency action plan to deal with the pandemic. It warned up to one in five workers in the UK could be off sick during a coronavirus peak

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Public Health England are now releasing 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, and what the rate per million people stands at.

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 that the rest of the country.

While they have lower total numbers, Wales and Scotland also have a 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 Jan 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 well over 100 countries, infecting more than 665,100 people and killing more than 30,800. 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’ which 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.