COVID-19 current figures


Current UK cases: 108,692 are confirmed as positive

Numbers tested: 341,551 people have been tested in the UK

14,576 (847) patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died

(Source: DHSC: As of 9am on 17 April 2020/death figures of 5pm on 16 April 2020)


Global situation report: 1,991,562 confirmed (76,647) 130,885 deaths (7,875)

European Region: 1,013,093 confirmed (35,497) 89,317 deaths (4,710)

Regions of the Americas: 707,121 confirmed (33,760) 30,245 deaths (2,909)

Western Pacific Region: 125,571 confirmed (1,367) 4,239 deaths (38)

Eastern Mediterranean Region: 111,432 confirmed (4,043) 5,532 deaths (137)

South-East Asia: 21,790 confirmed (1,503) 990 deaths (54)

African Region: 11,843 confirmed (477) 550 deaths (27)

(Source: World Health Organization situation report 87)



Today's COVID-19 headlines


Covid-19 impact on BAME communities must be backed by real-time data

The British Medical Association says that the Government’s review into the disproportionate impact of Covid-9 on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities must be informed by real-time data collection if it is to have real effect.

The review, announced today, follows BMA pressure on the Government to urgently investigate why people from BAME communities are being disproportionately affected by the virus. This includes healthcare workers, with the overwhelming majority of those who have died being from BAME communities.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said: “We are pleased that the Government has heeded the BMA’s call for this review. However, if the review is to have any meaningful impact, it needs to be informed with real-time data to understand why and how this deadly virus can have such a tragic disproportionate toll on our BAME communities and healthcare workers. This must include daily updates on ethnicity, circumstance and all protected characteristics of all patients in hospital as well as levels of illness in the community, which is not currently recorded."


Palliative care needs to be adapted for severely ill Covid-19 patients

Emergency-style palliative care needs to implemented to meet the needs of Covid-19 patients who wouldn't benefit from a ventilator say researchers.

In a paper published in The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, the researchers explained how palliative care needs to adapt to an emergency style in order to help make the best decisions and support families.

The researchers describe the challenges of providing palliative care where resources are stretched and demand is high, based on their experiences at a hospital in Switzerland close to the Italian border where there are high rates of the illness.

Professor Nancy Preston, Co-Director of Lancaster University's International Observatory on End of Life Care said: "Many patients are too unwell to benefit from ventilation but still need their symptoms managing."


NISRA publishes Covid-19 death figures outside of hospital

Latest figures published by The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency show that, of the 157 total deaths involving Covid-19, occurring up to 10th April 2020, 109 (69%) occurred in hospital, 41 (26%) occurred in care homes and hospices and 7 (4%) occurred at private addresses.

There were 157 deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate that occurred in total, up to 10th April but were registered up to 15th April. The comparative number of death notifications reported by the Public Health Agency (PHA) to 10th April was 118.


Other news roundup

  • China has revised up its total death toll by 50%, addressing incorrect reporting, delays and omissions of cases
  • Scotland’s top four football leagues decided to award their championships based on where teams stand now
  • German Health Minister says country's coronavirus outbreak is "again under control" following lockdown measures
  • London buses to change boarding rules in bid to protect transport workers