Public Health England update

Published: 06 May 2020

  • The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that, as of 9am on 4 May, there have been 1,291,591 tests, with 85,186 tests on 3 May. 945,299 people have been tested, of whom 190,584 tested positive. As of 5pm on 3 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 28,734 have died. This new figure includes deaths in all settings, not just in hospitals. The equivalent figure under the old measure would have been 24,332. DHSC update this page on a daily basis each afternoon with the latest figures. (At time of writing, GOV.UK page not yet updated with 05 May stats).
  • The PHE dashboard, which can be found here on, has also changed so that our daily reporting includes deaths that have occurred in all settings where there has been a positive COVID-19 test, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. A technical summary is available here.
  • Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is leading today’s Downing Street press conference, alongside Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser Angela McLean. The slides to accompany the presentation will be updated here.
  • Please see this news story in regard to a review that will analyse how different factors – including ethnicity, gender and obesity – can impact on people’s health outcomes from COVID-19
  • The number and percentage of care homes reporting a suspected or confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 to PHE by local authorities, regions and PHE centres is also available online here.
  • The ONS weekly death registrations data for England and Wales which is released every Tuesday now includes data split down to LA level and the excel tables can be found here.
  • Provisional counts of deaths in care homes notified to the CQC will now also be released every Tuesday, includes all number of death in social care up to 3 days prior. You can find out more about the CQC data here.
  • Information about who is eligible for COVID testing can be found here.
The latest government updates and guidance for all sectors is available online.

Updated guidance for working in people's homes as a tradesperson, cleaner or nanny here.

  • The Department for Education yesterday (04 May) published information for higher education providers on the government support package available for universities and students, the process for clearing, and student numbers during the coronavirus outbreak. Go here for guidance.
  • Ramadan at home assets - New Urdu and Punjabi translations of the Ramadan at Home radio advert are now available from the Campaign resource centre.
  • Today is international hand washing day – please see video here for any social media use.
Smokefree Action Coalition media release – please see links here to Communications Toolkit and a set of social media assets

Every Mind Matters ‘Now, more than ever’ accessible formats
New accessible formats of the new Every Mind Matters ‘Now, more than ever’ campaign assets are now available from the Campaign Resource Centre. These include audio, BSL, print ready and web accessible versions of the ’10 top tips’ asset.

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