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Jun 12

Daily and cumulative numbers of COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital. Data are not updated every day by all four nations and the figures are not comparable as Wales include suspected COVID-19 patients while the other nations include only confirmed cases.

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May 29

Government prioritised the NHS but was slow to protect social care

The UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced plans for the next phase of the government’s response to covid-19 on 10 May. This included some changes to social distancing rules, including asking people to return to work if they cannot work from home, and a new system for ranking the country’s threat from covid-19 (50 days after a similar system was introduced in New Zealand). The message “stay home” shifted to the vague “stay alert.” A lack of clear guidance and inconsistent messages have caused confusion about what the new rules mean.

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