UK Coronovirus Timeline

UK Coronovirus Timeline

A look at the key decisions and events that took place during the UK coronavirus pandemic.

2020-01-22 00:00:00

UK risk from covid-19 raised to 'low' from 'very low'

Following a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States the previous day, in a man returning to Washington from Wuhan, China, where there were 440 confirmed cases at the time, the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England raised the risk level from “very low” to “low”.

2020-01-31 00:00:00

First confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK

On 31 January, two members of a family of Chinese nationals staying in a hotel in York, one of whom studied at the University of York, became the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK.

2020-02-06 00:00:00

Third case confirmed

On 6 February, a third confirmed case, a man who had recently travelled to Singapore and then France, was reported in Brighton.

2020-02-10 00:00:00

Number of cases reaches eight

On 10 February, the total number of cases in the UK reached eight as four further cases were confirmed in people linked to the affected man from Brighton.

2020-02-23 00:00:00

Cruise ship infected increase UK Covid-19 cases to 13

On 23 February, the Department of Health and Social Care confirmed a total of 13 cases in the UK as four new cases in passengers on the cruise ship Diamond Princess were detected.

2020-02-27 00:00:00

First case reported in Northern Ireland

On 27 February, the total number of confirmed cases in the UK was reported as 16. This included the first case in Northern Ireland – a woman who had travelled from northern Italy.

2020-02-28 00:00:00

Man is first to contract the virus within the UK

On 28 February, the first case in Wales was confirmed in a person who had returned from Northern Italy.

2020-02-29 00:00:00

Total UK cases reach 23

On 29 February, three further cases of the virus were confirmed, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 23, after 10,483 people had been tested.

2020-03-01 00:00:00

Virus spreads to Greater Manchester and Scotland

On 1 March, a further 13 cases were reported, adding Greater Manchester and Scotland to the list of areas affected and bringing the total to 36, three of which were believed to be contacts of the case in Surrey who had no history of travel abroad.

2020-03-03 00:00:00

Government publishes its plans to combat the virus

The UK Government unveils their Coronavirus Action Plan, which outlined what the UK had done and what it planned to do next.

2020-03-05 00:00:00

First UK Covid-19 death

A woman in her 70s with an existing medical condition is reported to be the first Covid-19 fatality in the UK. She is believed to have caught the virus in the UK.

2020-03-10 00:00:00

UK minister self-isolates after testing positive

It is announced that mental health minister Nadine Dorries MP has tested positive for the virus and is self-isolating.

2020-03-11 00:00:00

Outbreak declared a pandemic by WHO

The Word Health Organisation declares a pandemic after the virus spreads to more than 110 countries, causing more than 118,000 cases.

2020-03-12 00:00:00

Threat raised to high by chief medical officers

The UK’s ChiefMiedical Officer raised the risk to the UK from Covid-19 from moderate to high.

2020-03-13 00:00:00

First Scottish death reported

The number of confirmed cases rises by 208 to 798, with the first death from coronavirus being reported in Scotland.

2020-03-15 00:00:00

Over 70s urged to self-isolate

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock announces that everyone in Britain over the age of 70 would be told to self-isolate “within the coming weeks”.

2020-03-17 00:00:00

Operations postponed as £330 billion of aid is announced

On 17 March, NHS England announced that all non-urgent operations in England would be postponed from 15 April to free up 30,000 beds.

2020-03-18 00:00:00

School closures announced

Government announces that schools in the UK were to close the coming Friday to everyone except for children of certain key workers.

2020-03-20 00:00:00

Pubs and restaurants are told to close

Pubs, restaurants, gyms, entertainment venues, museums and galleries are asked to close.

2020-03-23 00:00:00

Wide-ranging lockdown announced

Boris Johnson announces in a television broadcast that measures to mitigate the virus would be tightened further in order to protect the NHS, with wide-ranging restrictions made on freedom of movement, enforceable in law for a planned “lockdown” period intended to last for at least three weeks.

2020-03-27 00:00:00

Prime minister Boris Johnson tests positive for Coronavirus

UK prime minister Boris Johnson and health minister Matt Hancock reveal that they have tested positive for the virus.

2020-04-01 00:00:00

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2020-04-03 07:39:00

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2020-04-07 23:00:00

Daily UK Coronavirus deaths

This graph displays the number of UK Coronavirus deaths each day. Source: UK Government

2020-04-09 00:07:00

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2020-04-12 15:47:00

Boris Johnson released from hospital

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