Timeline: How Britain headed towards a month under coronavirus lockdown

The UK has spent one month under lockdown as its fight to control the spread of coronavirus goes on.

Here are the key dates that track the growing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic:

November 2019 – The first case of coronavirus is identified in the city of Wuhan in the province of Hubei, China.

It is believed the disease may have stemmed from a "wet" market, where living wild animals are sold for meat.

January 21 – Coronavirus starts to appear on the UK news agenda as the number of infections grow in China.

January 25 – The British authorities begin to get nervous about the threat, and health officials team up with Border Force agents to track down 2,000 people who have recently flown to the UK from Hubei province.

January 29 – Britons returning from Wuhan are told they will be put in quarantine for 14 days.

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People fill the beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth, despite Dorset Council announcing that the beach was closed to the public after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea.
People fill the beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth, despite Dorset Council announcing that the beach was closed to the public after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea.
Police patrol the cliff top near Durdle Door, Lulworth, after Dorset Council announced that the beach was closed to the public after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea.
People play tennis at North Berwick Tennis Club, as people can meet family and friends outdoors and play sports such as golf and tennis again as Scotland is moving into phase one of the Scottish Government's plan for gradually lifting lockdown.
Protest �Black Lives Matter� - Kneel for Floyd - at Trafalgar Square, London
Protest �Black Lives Matter� - Kneel for Floyd - at Trafalgar Square, London
Nine-year-old Tobias Weller, from Sheffield, who has cerebral palsy and autism, completes the final leg of a 26.2 mile total of a walk he has called his "ginormous challenge", to walk a marathon using his walker during the lockdown.
Horses from Ed de Giles stables on the gallops at his yard in Little Marcle, Herefordshire .
Cyclists cross the railway bridge in White Waltham, Berkshire, as coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England are eased.
Extinction Rebellion activists stage a socially distanced protest outside the Woolwich Centre, in south London, calling on the council to better respond to Covid-19 and climate change.
File photo dated 29/04/20 of Tobias Weller, who has cerebral palsy and autism, being cheered on by neighbours as he walks along the street outside his home in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Nine-year-old Tobias, who cannot stand or walk unaided, is gearing up for the final leg of what he has called his "ginormous challenge" to walk a marathon using his walker during the lockdown.
A security guard wearing a face shield and mask checks a customers temperature before he enters a supermarket, as the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown eases, Chinatown, London. Picture date: Friday 29th May 2020. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment
Thank You Our Heroes and Union Flags are displayed over New Bond Street in preparation for the shops to reopen as the Coronavirus lockdown eases, Mayfair, London. Picture date: Friday 29th May 2020. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment
Cookhouse Joe's Chef awaits customers in the doorway of the restaurant as it reopens to the public for takeaway only as the Coronavirus lockdown eases, Berwick Street, London. Picture date: Friday 29th May 2020. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment
MAESYCWMMER, WALES - MAY 29: A customer waits to pick up her order from Fish Kitchen 1854, a traditional fish and chip shop which has reopened for online orders only on May 29, 2020 in Maesycwmmer, Wales, United Kingdom.The British government continues to ease the coronavirus lockdown by announcing schools will open to reception year pupils plus years one and six from June 1st. Open-air markets and car showrooms can also open from the same date. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)
A woman walks past closed shops and restaurants on Piccadilly in central London's main high street retail shopping area on May 29, 2020 ahead of some shops reopening from their coronavirus shutdown from next week. - The UK Prime Minister announced on May 28 that some English schools and shops would reopen from next week people would a little more freedom to meet others in public as he tried to plot Britain's path through a health disaster that has officially claimed 37,837 lives -- second only to the United States -- and devastated the economy. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Police officers patrol as people enjoy the weather at Alexandra Palace, London, after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. (Photo by Ian Hinchliffe/PA Images via Getty Images)
A woman walks past closed Debenhams department store on Oxford Street in central London's main high street retail shopping area on May 29, 2020 ahead of some shops reopening from their coronavirus shutdown from next week. - The UK Prime Minister announced on May 28 that some English schools and shops would reopen from next week people would a little more freedom to meet others in public as he tried to plot Britain's path through a health disaster that has officially claimed 37,837 lives -- second only to the United States -- and devastated the economy. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 29: A couple with cycles meet in front of a fountain in Trafalgar Square during warm sunny weather on May 29, 2020 in London. The British government continues to ease the coronavirus lockdown by announcing schools will open to reception year pupils plus years one and six from June 1st. Open-air markets and car showrooms can also open from the same date. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 28, 2020: NHS staff stage a silent protest outside the gates of Downing Street during the weekly 'Clap for our Carers' applause for the NHS and key workers on the front line of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on 28 May, 2020 in London, England.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Former nurse Joan Rich, 101, walks through Allenby Park in Felixstowe, Suffolk, to raise money for NHS Charities Together. Mrs Rich, who uses a frame to aid her walking, aims to walk 102 laps of the park before her 102nd birthday on 11 September. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
A woman, Tina Jane from Shoreham, sings songs out the back of her car to entertain the people that live on her street after the Clap for Carers, as the UK continues to ease out of lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 28: People enjoy the warm and sunny weather relaxing on the pavement outside their homes in the Shorefields area of Liverpool during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown on May 28, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The British government continues to ease the coronavirus lockdown by announcing schools will open to reception year pupils plus years one and six from June 1st. Open-air markets and car showrooms can also open from the same date. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Fire and explosion damage can be seen on an EE network 5G mast that was attacked by an arsonist earlier this week in Brodie Avenue on May 28, 2020 in Liverpool, England. A lot of the damage was caused by the resulting explosion when the petrol was ignited. Several phone masts have been deliberately damaged around the UK, their attackers inspired by a conspiracy theory positing that 5G technology is linked to the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
People buy fresh fruit and vegetables from a stall in an outdoor street market in Walthamstow, east London on May 28, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. - Britain has suffered the highest death rate from the coronavirus among the most-affected countries with comparable tracking data, according to Financial Times research published Thursday. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Cleaner James York from First Bus cleans a bus at their Larbert depot ahead of the bus returning to service. Due to social distancing measures only a certain amount of people will be able to travel on a particular bus at a certain time after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
A man wearing a protective mask strolls across a bridge in central London, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, during hot weather following the gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown, allowing more outdoor recreation and letting some shops and businesses reopen. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
GLASGOW - MAY 27: Members of the public walk past new graffiti on Clyde Street on May 27, 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. The British government continues to ease the coronavirus lockdown by announcing schools will open to reception year pupils plus years one and six from June 1st. Open-air markets and car showrooms can also open from the same date. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
People walk along Portobello Road Market in London, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Following the gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown, street markets will be allowed to reopen in Britain from Monday onwards. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Shop owners wait for customers and prepare at Sherpherd's Bush Market in London, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Following the gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown, street markets will be allowed to reopen in Britain from Monday onwards. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Dominic Cummings, the chief advisor to Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, arrives at Downing Street in London, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The prime minister's populist appeal has been hammered by news that, as the coronavirus outbreak raged, chief adviser Cummings drove 250 miles (400 kilometers) to his parents' house while he was falling ill with suspected COVID-19 — allegedly flouting lockdown rules that the government had imposed on the rest of the country. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A workman removes graffiti from a wall near the north London home of the Prime Minister's top aide Dominic Cummings as the row over his Durham trip during the coronavirus lockdown continues.
A sign displaying advice on social distancing is displayed at the beach in Weston-super-Mare, south west England on May 27, 2020, as lockdown measures are eased during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
CHEAM, ENGLAND - MAY 27: AFC Wimbledon Footballer Jack Rudoni trains at home during the Coronavirus Pandemic on May 27, 2020 in Cheam, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Cleaner James York from First Bus cleans a bus at their Larbert depot ahead of the bus returning to service. Due to social distancing measures only a certain amount of people will be able to travel on a particular bus at a certain time after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings leaves his residence in north London on May 26, 2020. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top adviser Domonic Cummings said yesterday he acted "reasonably and legally" despite mounting pressure on him to resign for allegedly breaking coronavirus lockdown rules. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/05/25: A man sunbathes in London on a very hot and sunny day. The UK government has started to ease the coronavirus lockdown allowing people to spend more time outdoors. (Photo by Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
CILFYNYDD, WALES - MAY 26: A general view of a car sales showroom which is currently closed for business on May 26, 2020 in Blackwood, United Kingdom. The British government continues to ease the coronavirus lockdown by announcing schools will open to reception year pupils plus years one and six from June 1st. Open-air markets and car showrooms can also open from the same date. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Social Distancing measures are seen on a Bakerloo line tube train on May 24 2020 in London, England. The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
Team GB taekwondo athlete Lutalo Muhammad trains at his home in Walthamstow, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Paul Childs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The Young Westminster Foundation (YWF), a charity that supports young people in the Westminster Borough, unveil their new and original digital artwork by the graffiti artist STIK on the Piccadilly Lights screen, at Piccadilly Circus, central London. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/05/24: A view of a coronavirus awareness mural and a tribute to NHS workers drawn on a wall during the coronavirus crisis. (Photo by Dave Rushen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 24, 2020 - Coronavirus: pavement stickers indicating the correct social distancing whilst queuing- PHOTOGRAPH BY Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Matthew Chattle/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
PORTHCAWL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 25: A surfer in the water at Sandy Bay on May 25, 2020 in Porthcawl, United Kingdom. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Chief Advisor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings arrives home on May 24, 2020 in London, England. On March 31st 2020 Downing Street confirmed to journalists that Dominic Cummings was self-isolating with COVID-19 symptoms at his home in North London. Durham police have confirmed that he was actually hundreds of miles away at his parent's house in the city. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
A police officer talks to a protester outside the north London home of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior aide Dominic Cummings , as lockdown questions continue to bombard the Government after it emerged that he travelled to his parents' home despite coronavirus-related restrictions. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mounted police patrol Barry Island, Wales, where the stay at home message is still in force and only essential travel is allowed. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
A Long Eaton (Derbyshire) resident and NHS worker presents a Tribute and Memorial to the dedicated members of the NHS and Social Care family who gave their lives during the fight against COVID-19. (Photo by Scott Wilson/PA Images via Getty Images)
SALISBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Team GB Olympic Trap Shooter Augusta Campos-Martyn trains at her home on May 24, 2020 in Salisbury, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
A man feeds a swan in Hyde Park, London, after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
People sit in their vehicles as they wait at a KFC in Killingworth North Tyneside, after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
BIGBURY-ON-SEA, ENGLAND - MAY 23: An NHS heart is drawn in the sand at Bigbury Beach on May 23, 2020 in Bigbury-on-Sea, England. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
BIGBURY-ON-SEA, ENGLAND - MAY 23: Kitesurfers enjoy the windy conditions at Bigbury Beach on May 23, 2020 in Bigbury-on-Sea, England. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
A woman sits alone on a bench under a tree at the top of Cissbury Ring, Worthing, after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Two women walk through a heavy rain shower in St James's Park in central London, on the first day of the Bank Holiday weekend, as people flock to parks and beaches with lockdown measures eased.
A view of a near empty beach in Brighton as the hot weather cools following scenes of people flocking to parks and beaches this week as lockdown measures were eased.
Shoppers wearing protective masks in a farmers market in West Ealing, London during the coronavirus crisis. Photo date: Saturday, May 23, 2020. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS
People sit in their vehicles as they wait at a KFC in Killingworth North Tyneside, after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown.
Kitesurfer and windsurfers in Bowleaze Cove in distance in Weymouth, Dorset
Surfers in Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth, Dorset
Member of the public taking a walk along the seafront in Swanage, Dorset
Painted stones in support of the NHS in Swanage, Dorset
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 21, 2020: Paramedics and local residents clap their hands outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the weekly 'Clap for our Carers' applause for the NHS and key workers on the front line of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic as the UK's nationwide lockdown continues for the ninth week on 21 May, 2020 in London, England.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 21, 2020: Nurses clap their hands outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the weekly 'Clap for our Carers' applause for the NHS and key workers on the front line of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic as the UK's nationwide lockdown continues for the ninth week on 21 May, 2020 in London, England.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Members of the public participate in a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's NHS (National Health Service) workers and other frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic, at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on May 21, 2020. - The British government on on May 21 announced that foreign care workers would be exempt from a charge imposed on migrants to fund the health service, after an outcry sparked by the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo by NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the public participate in a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's NHS (National Health Service) workers and other frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic, at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on May 21, 2020. - The British government on on May 21 announced that foreign care workers would be exempt from a charge imposed on migrants to fund the health service, after an outcry sparked by the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo by NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP via Getty Images)
Staff outside Abbeydale Court Care Home in Hamilton clapping to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers initiative to recognise and support NHS workers and carers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
An Irish dancer performs outside the Belfast City Hospital in south Belfast, during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers initiative to recognise and support NHS workers and carers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Swimmers in the Serpentine in Hyde Park on May 21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. This week temperatures reached 28 degrees celsius in the UK, as many people enjoy the sunshine despite lockdown still being in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Workers unload a shipment of 120,000 surgical coveralls from China for the protection of NHS workers, from a plane at Bournemouth Airport in southern England on May 21, 2020, during the novel coronavirus pandemic. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday the country will have 25,000 virus tracing staff recruited by June so the country can "make progress" in its strategy to keep easing the nationwide lockdown (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Social distancing queue at the home and outdoor store Homebase garden centre under Coronavirus lockdown on 21st May 2020 in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom. DIY shops have been allowed to be open for the last few days and flocks of people have queued at them to buy home and garden goods. Coronavirus or Covid-19 is a new respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in humans. While much or Europe has been placed into lockdown, the UK government has put in place more stringent rules as part of their long term strategy, and in particular 'social distancing'. (photo by Mike Kemp/In PIctures via Getty Images)
LEE-ON-THE-SOLENT, ENGLAND - MAY 19: A paramedic is seen wearing PPE as she waits outside an ambulance to monitor an incident at on May 19, 2020 in Lee-On-The-Solent, England. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
ENFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Equipment is disinfected between training sessions during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on May 20, 2020 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
Cars queue at the McDonald's drive-thru in Hounslow as McDonalds has reopened three of its restaurants in London but only as drive-thrus after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
A man in a face mask walks in front of a mural of a nurse with a PPE face mask on, painted by the artist Akse in Manchester's Northern Quarter, UK on 19th May 2020. (Photo by Pat Scaasi/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: 7-year-old Saskia Brunskill, the photographer's daughter, in action during a social distancing tennis coaching session with Shaun Murray at Sale Sports Club on May 19, 2020 in Sale, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
FLEET, ENGLAND - MAY 19: A general view of a thank you sign in support of NHS and key workers is displayed on a fence outside a house on May 19, 2020 in Fleet, England. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: A quiet view of Tower Bridge from St Katherine's Dock on May 19, 2020 in London. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
Neonatal Nurse Kirsty Hartley carries premature baby Theo Anderson to his mother Kirsty Anderson in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre at Burnley General Hospital in Blackburn, England, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Toilets are taped off to help customers observe social distancing at Waterloo Station on May 18, 2020 in London, England. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A delivery worker rides his bike at Holborn, in London, Monday, May 18, 2020. Large areas of London are to be closed to cars and vans to allow people to walk and cycle safely as the coronavirus lockdown is eased. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
A sign advising passengers to wear a face mask at Clapham Junction station as train services increased as part of the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, in London, Monday May 18, 2020.Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last Sunday that people could return to work if they could not work from home. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
A view of the M6 motorway near Birmingham, after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, in Birmingham, England, Monday, May 18, 2020. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last Sunday that people could return to work if they could not work from home. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Commuters, some wearing protective masks to protect against coronavirus stand on the platform at Leytonstone underground station, in London, Monday, May 18, 2020. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last Sunday that people could return to work if they could not work from home. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
BOLTON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: Barry Dieters poses wearing his face mask as he shops for essentials on May 18, 2020 in Bolton, United Kingdom. People are beginning to get back to work and try to get life back to a sense of normality as aspects of the lockdown are eased. The government has relaxed the lockdown meant to curb the spread of Covid-19, and has asked the public to wear face masks in enclosed spaces and where social distancing isn't possible. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
BLACKWOOD, WALES - MAY 18: A general view of a Safety sign at Bryn Meadows Golf Club as restrictions on playing golf in Wales have been eased but still differ to golf in England on May 18, 2020 in Blackwood, Wales, United Kingdom. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)
SOUTHEND ON SEA, ENGLAND - MAY 17: People flock to the beach to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather during the coronavirus, covid-19 pandemic on May 17, 2020 in Southend on Sea, England . The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images)
People queue for ice cream in Cambridge after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown.
Neonatal Nurse Kirsty Hartley carries premature baby Theo Anderson to his mother Kirsty Anderson in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre at Burnley General Hospital in East Lancashire during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease.
Kayakers return to the River Cam in Cambridge after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown.
Members of Marlow Rowing Club take to the River Thames at Marlow, Buckinghamshire, after the lifting of some restrictions to bring the country out of lockdown.
Pharmacist Susan Holgate talks on the telephone in the Critical Care Unit at The Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital in East Lancashire during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease.
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A member of the social distancing team wears a face shield to protect from coronavirus as he watches to help construction workers observe social distancing at lunchtime in the site canteen at the "Goodluck Hope" development which is under construction by the Ballymore Group international property development company on Leamouth Peninsula in east London, Friday, May 15, 2020. Some of the coronavirus lockdown measures were relaxed in England on Wednesday, with those workers who are unable to work from home, such as those in construction and manufacturing, encouraged to return to work. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A woman wears a face guard to protect against the coronavirus as she shops at a food market in London, as the country is in lockdown to help stop the spread of coronavirus, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Some of the coronavirus lockdown measures are being relaxed in England, with coffee shops reopening but with extra measures such as take away only and social distancing. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15, 2020: A social distancing floor marking and poster advising passengers to wear face covering on public transport are seen at Vauxhall underground station on 15 May, 2020 in London, England. Earlier this week the UK government relaxed some of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England , encouraging employees who can't work from home to gradually return to their workplaces and allowing people to leave home for outdoor leisure activities.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
BLACKWOOD, WALES - 14 MAY: A general view of Cefn Caerllwyn Farm, where the owners have illuminated the side of a barn in support of the NHS on May 14, 2020 in Blackwood, Wales, United Kingdom. The barn is located on a hillside and the writing can be seen by residents and passing motorists. Following the success of the "Clap for Our Carers" campaign, members of the public are being encouraged to applaud NHS staff and NHS staff and other key workers from their homes at 8pm every Thursday. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has infected over 4 million people across the world, claiming at least 33,614 lives in the U.K. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)
NHS workers wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask, gloves and aprons, as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 participate in a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's NHS (National Health Service) workers and other frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic, at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool, north west England on May 14, 2020. - Britain on Thursday said it was in discussions with Swiss pharma giant Roche to mass purchase its coronavirus antibody test after scientists claimed it was "100 percent" accurate. "This test developed by Roche appears to be extremely reliable, it's got the green light from testers," health minister Edward Argar told the BBC on Thursday. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 14: A nurse dances as the Oldham Scottish and Manchester Community pipe bands perform during the Clap for Carers at Tameside General Hospital in Ashton-Under-Lyne on May 14, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
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January 30 – The outbreak is declared an international public health emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

January 31 – Two members of the same family test positive for coronavirus in England and are treated at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

More than 80 Britons are evacuated from Wuhan by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and are placed in quarantine at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral.

February 2 – The UK Government pays for a nationwide ad campaign urging the public to wash their hands thoroughly and use tissues to help contain the spread of the disease.

Meanwhile, 11 more Britons evacuated from China touch down in the UK and are sent to Arrowe Park.

February 3 – The Government announces £20 million funding for vaccine research.

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February 4 – The Diamond Princess cruise ship is quarantined off the coast of Japan with 3,700 people on board including more than 100 British citizens due to a coronavirus outbreak.

Britons in mainland China are told to leave if they can by the Foreign Office.

February 5 – Hospitals are told to create emergency assessment pods for coronavirus.

February 6 – A third person in the UK tests positive for the virus after contracting it in Singapore, and is treated at Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital in London.

February 8 – Five Britons test positive for coronavirus in France after coming into contact with the third case to be diagnosed at a ski resort.

February 9 – A final UK Government chartered flight bringing around 150 British nationals back from Wuhan touches down, and the passengers are quarantined at a facility in Milton Keynes.

February 10 – The Government declares coronavirus a "serious and imminent threat to public health" and gives itself powers to forcibly quarantine people.

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An RAF Atlas, believed to be carrying a cargo of PPE is unloaded at Brize Norton, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus (Steve Parsons/PA)

The number of cases in the UK reaches eight.

February 11 – Coronavirus is officially named Covid-19.

February 22 – A repatriation flight carrying 32 British and European evacuees from the Diamond Princess touches down. Passengers are taken to Arrowe Park Hospital to be quarantined.

February 27 – The first case is recorded in Northern Ireland.

February 28 – The first case is reported in Wales.

A British man previously quarantined on the Diamond Princess becomes the first UK citizen to die from Covid-19.

February 29 – The first case of coronavirus is confirmed in the Republic of Ireland.

March 2 – Scotland confirms its first case.

March 3 – The Government unveils a national plan to tackle coronavirus, including contingency plans to help police if they lose "significant numbers" to the illness.

It predicts that in a "stretching scenario", it is possible that up to one fifth of employees may be absent from work during peak weeks.

March 5 – UK cases reach 90, as the first patient dies in the UK.

The patient, in her 70s, died in the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. A second person, a man in his 80s, dies the following day.

Clap for carers outside a hospital
Hospital staff and paramedics outside the Royal Bournemouth Hospital to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers initiative (Andrew Matthews/PA)

March 7 – A total of 206 cases are now recorded in the UK.

March 11 – The Covid-19 outbreak is declared a pandemic by the WHO.

March 12 – The EU and UK scrap face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal due to the risk posed by coronavirus.

Thousands of people are believed to be infected with the virus in Britain.

March 13 – European countries including Austria, Portugal, France, Denmark and Norway begin to ban public gatherings and close schools as the death toll mounts.

The first coronavirus patient dies in Scotland.

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One of the last major football matches to take place in the UK – Liverpool v Atletico Madrid in the Champions League (Peter Byrne/PA)

Top-level football competitions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are suspended.

March 14 – A newborn baby tests positive for coronavirus in London.

March15 – Number 10 announces daily press briefings on the progress of the pandemic.

The Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to more than 30 countries.

March 16 – A patient in their 60s becomes the first death in Wales.

Scientists at Imperial College warn the Government that around 250,000 people will die in Britain unless stricter measures are adopted to protect the population.

Rishi Sunak
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak (Yui Mok/PA)

March 17 – Parliament stops all non-essential public access.

Public worship suspended by the Church of England.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils a £330 billion package to help businesses.

The Scottish government announces a £350 million support fund to help those left struggling in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Schools, nurseries and colleges are told they must close their doors from the end of the day on March 20 until further notice.

March 19 – The Queen moves to Windsor Castle early to start Easter court, and is likely to remain there for the duration of the pandemic.

Boris Johnson
The Prime Minister tested positive for the virus and spent time in intensive care (Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/PA)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson claims the tide can be turned on coronavirus within 12 weeks.

March 20 – Mr Johnson orders pubs and restaurants across the country to close.

Mr Sunak announces a multibillion-pound package of measures to prevent mass lay-offs and improve the welfare system.

March 23 – Jury trials in England and Wales are put on hold to curb coronavirus.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab tells Britons travelling abroad to return home while they still can.

Dominic Raab
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (Frank Augstein/PA)

The UK public is told that from this evening they will only be allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons, including shopping for food, exercise once per day, medical need and travelling for work when absolutely necessary.

All shops selling non-essential goods are told to close, gatherings of more than two people in public are banned, all events including weddings but excluding funerals are cancelled.

March 24 – A new scheme is launched to recruit volunteers to help the NHS – initially the target is 250,000, but more than half a million apply in just two days.

A new field hospital called the Nightingale Hospital with a capacity of 4,000 is being prepared at the ExCeL Centre, Health Secretary Matt Hancock reveals.

March 25 – The Prince of Wales tests positive for coronavirus but is displaying only "mild symptoms", Clarence House says.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: A man in a face mask walks in front of graffiti reading 'Stop 5G Paranoia' which is painted on a wall in East London on April 19, 2020 in London, England. In a press conference on Thursday, First Secretary of State Dominic Raab announced that the lockdown will remain in place for at least 3 more weeks. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 140,000 lives and infecting more than 2 million people. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
A person wearing a protective face mask sits alongside graffiti reading '5G kills', in Shoreditch, east London, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
The charred base of a 5G mast erected by telecom operator 'Proximus' that was set on fire, in Peltheide, Limburg province on the eve of April 19, 2020. - A fake theory circulating on social media claiming the radiation of 5G masts has been linked to the noval coronavirus, COVID-19, that has swept across the continents killing many thousands of people. (Photo by YORICK JANSENS / Belga / AFP) / Belgium OUT (Photo by YORICK JANSENS/Belga/AFP via Getty Images)
Damaged cabling and telecommunications equipment is pictured following a fire at a phone mast, attatched to the chimney at the converted Fearnleys Mill residential apartment block complex in Huddersfield, northern England, on April 17, 2020. - It is not yet known what caused the mast, which is attached to a chimney at the Fearnleys Mill development, to go up in flames. But the fire comes after a number of mobile phone masts have been set on fire amid claims of a link between 5G and the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Damaged cabling and telecommunications equipment is pictured following a fire at a phone mast, attatched to the chimney at the converted Fearnleys Mill residential apartment block complex in Huddersfield, northern England, on April 17, 2020. - It is not yet known what caused the mast, which is attached to a chimney at the Fearnleys Mill development, to go up in flames. But the fire comes after a number of mobile phone masts have been set on fire amid claims of a link between 5G and the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Damaged cabling and telecommunications equipment is pictured following a fire at a phone mast, attatched to the chimney at the converted Fearnleys Mill residential apartment block complex in Huddersfield, northern England, on April 17, 2020. - It is not yet known what caused the mast, which is attached to a chimney at the Fearnleys Mill development, to go up in flames. But the fire comes after a number of mobile phone masts have been set on fire amid claims of a link between 5G and the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Damaged cabling and telecommunications equipment is pictured following a fire at a phone mast, attatched to the chimney at the converted Fearnleys Mill residential apartment block complex in Huddersfield, northern England, on April 17, 2020. - It is not yet known what caused the mast, which is attached to a chimney at the Fearnleys Mill development, to go up in flames. But the fire comes after a number of mobile phone masts have been set on fire amid claims of a link between 5G and the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
CHONGQING, April 16, 2020. Workers work at the construction site of a 5G base station at Chongqing Hi-tech Zone in Chongqing, southwest China, April 15, 2020. In recent days, local authorities of Chongqing Hi-tech Zone have sped up efforts to strengthen infrastructure construction under strict measures taken to fight against the COVID-19, which will lead to better transportation and communication conditions in the region. (Photo by Wang Quanchao/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Wang Quanchao via Getty Images)
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 16: Graffiti in Bute Park that reads '5G wifi is bad' on April 16, 2020 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. A number of 5G phone masts have been destroyed after unsubstantiated claims they cause coronavirus. In a press conference on Thursday, First Secretary of State Dominic Raab announced that the lockdown will remain in place for at least 3 more weeks. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 140,000 lives and infecting more than 2 million people. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 14: Exterior of 5G International Innovation Harbor at North Bund Area on April 14, 2020 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Wang Gang/VCG via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 10: A woman walks her dog in-front of graffiti saying 'Stop 5G' on April 10, 2020 in London, England. Public Easter events have been cancelled across the country, with the government urging the public to respect lockdown measures by celebrating the holiday in their homes. Over 1.5 million people across the world have been infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus, with over 7,000 fatalities recorded in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
A man walks past an advertisement for the Samsung Galaxy Note10 5G smartphone at a telecom shop in Seoul on April 7, 2020. - Samsung Electronics' operating profits inched up 2.7 percent in the first quarter, the world's biggest manufacturer of smartphones and memory chips estimated April 7. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)
SUINING, CHINA - MARCH 12, 2020 - A employees of 5g product supporting electronic enterprise Sichuan Huaci Technology Co., Ltd. works in the production line, Suining City, Sichuan Province, China, March 12, 2020.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Costfoto / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 04: A woman observes a light and touch screen inside a bus reading 'Teatre Lliure 1999', during the presentation of the '5G Augmented Tourism', on March 04, 2020 in BARCELONA, Spain. (Photo by David Zorrakino/Europa Press via Getty Images)
27 February 2020, Bavaria, Regensburg: A test vehicle with antennas for the 5G mobile communications standard is driving on Continental's factory premises. Photo: Armin Weigel/dpa (Photo by Armin Weigel/picture alliance via Getty Images)
CHENGDU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 27: Doctors at West China Hospital of Sichuan University use 5G technology to diagnose COVID-19 patients on February 27, 2020 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China. Li Zhenlin, the Deputy Director of the Radiology Department at the hospital has remotely diagnosed 17 patients so far. The process for each patient takes about five minutes. Through remote 5G transmissions, doctors are able to control the CT scanners in remote hospitals, from a far distance, on a real-time basis. (Photo by Liu Zhongjun/China News Service via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, UNITED STATES - 2020/02/20: Customers at a T-Mobile store, with 5G signage. (Photo Illustration by Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
27 February 2020, Bavaria, Regensburg: In a measuring room (absorber hall) the function of an intelligent antenna module with 5G transceiver (transmitter and receiver unit) is tested. Photo: Armin Weigel/dpa (Photo by Armin Weigel/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Huawei's 5G Product Line President, Yang Chaobin, speaks during a 5G event in London, on February 20, 2020. - Washington has the right to block US federal agencies from buying products by Huawei on cybersecurity grounds, a judge has ruled, dismissing the Chinese telecom giant's legal challenge to a purchase ban. Britain in January gave the green light to a limited role for Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in the country's 5G network, in a decision that left the United States "disappointed" after it called for a total ban. (Photo by Isabel INFANTES / AFP) (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 30: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab visit Epic Games Lab on January 30, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The U.S. Secretary of State is on a two-day visit to the U.K to discuss a number of issues including the role of Huawei in British 5G Networks, the extradition request for Anne Sacoolas and Donald Trump’s plans for the Middle East. (Photo by Kevin Lamarque – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
A man walks past an advertisement for the Samsung Galaxy Note10 5G smartphone at a showroom in Seoul on January 30, 2020. - The world's biggest smartphone maker, Samsung Electronics, reported a slump in fourth-quarter net profits on January 30, blaming weakening demand in key products and falling chip prices. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)
INDIA - 2020/01/29: In this photo illustration a Huawei logo seen displayed on a smartphone. (Photo Illustration by Avishek Das/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - JANUARY 29: General view of the venue at Media Day At Verizon 5G Stadium At Super Bowl LIVE on January 29, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Verizon)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - JANUARY 29: General view of the atmosphere during Media Day At Verizon 5G Stadium At Super Bowl LIVE on January 29, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Verizon)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JANUARY 29: European Commissioner in charge of the Internal Market, Thierry Breton gives a press conference on the 5G security toolbox at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium on January 29, 2020. - The EU on Wednesday announced strict guidelines for new 5G communications infrastructure, urging member states to screen suppliers for security risks, but stopped short of banning Chinese giant Huawei. The plan urges EU member states to "assess the risk profile of suppliers" and "apply relevant restrictions for suppliers considered to be high risk" accordingly, including shutting them out of "key assets defined as critical and sensitive". (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - JANUARY 29: General view of the atmosphere during Media Day At Verizon 5G Stadium At Super Bowl LIVE on January 29, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Verizon)
LONDON, April 13, 2020 .File photo taken on Jan. 28, 2020 shows a Huawei 5G mobile phone testing speed in Huawei 5G Innovation and Experience Center in London, Britain. Huawei is "focused on keeping Britain connected" and that is "the biggest contribution we can make" to its national effort against the COVID-19 pandemic, said Huawei's Vice President Victor Zhang in an open letter released on April 13, 2020. (Photo by Han Yan/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Han Yan via Getty Images)
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Sweeping emergency powers to tackle the coronavirus are set to become law after clearing the House of Lords without amendment.

March 26 – An 84-year-old man becomes the first inmate to die in prison of Covid-19.

The UK becomes the largest single contributor in the search for a coronavirus vaccine, pledging £210 million in aid funding.

A support package for the self-employed is announced – covering an average of 80% of earnings over the last three years.

The Clap for our Carers campaign begins, kicking off a weekly national applause of appreciation for front line NHS workers.

March 27 – Mr Johnson and Mr Hancock test positive for Covid-19, while chief medical officer Chris Whitty says he has symptoms of the disease and is self-isolating.

March 28 – UK deaths from coronavirus reach 1,019 – an increase of 260 in 24 hours.

The number of infections reaches an estimated 600,000 world-wide.

Amged El-Hawrani, a 55-year-old consultant, becomes the first front line NHS hospital worker to die after testing positive for coronavirus.

March 29 – Dr Jenny Harries, deputy chief medical officer for England, says normal life in the UK will not resume for at least six months, with social distancing measures to be gradually lifted.

April 2 – The Prime Minister comes out of self-isolation for a brief appearance at the door of No 11 Downing Street to join in the mass clapping for key workers.

Sir Keir Starmer
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Mr Hancock sets a goal of reaching 100,000 tests for coronavirus per day by the end of April.

A million confirmed cases of coronavirus are recorded across the world, according to figures collated by Johns Hopkins University in the US.

April 4 – Sir Keir Starmer is elected as the leader of the Labour Party.

April 5 – The Queen delivers a televised message to the nation, saying if we "remain united and resolute" in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, "we will overcome it".

Downing Street says Mr Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests as a "precautionary step" as his coronavirus symptoms persisted.

April 6 – Downing Street says the Prime Minister's condition has worsened and he is moved to St Thomas' Hospital's intensive care unit.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab goes on to deputise for Mr Johnson.

The number of people who have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK rises beyond 5,000.

April 7 – Downing Street says the PM's condition remains "stable" and he is in "good spirits" following his first night in intensive care, but he would need to remain there for "close monitoring".

Concerns are raised over how many decisions Mr Raab is allowed to make.

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Later in the day, Downing Street says Mr Johnson had been moved from intensive care back to the ward at St Thomas'.

The first patients are admitted to the NHS Nightingale hospital in London.

April 8 – A lack of protective equipment for nurses is "fundamentally compromising" the care they can give patients, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) warns.

April 10 – The worldwide death toll linked to coronavirus hits 100,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

April 11 – The National Police Chiefs' Council says there has been a 21% drop in overall crime in the past four weeks compared to the same period last year.

Home Secretary Priti Patel says she was sorry if anyone felt there had been failings over the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers.

April 12 – Mr Johnson is discharged from hospital and will continue his recovery at Chequers, Downing Street says.

Prime Minister's Questions
MPs practise social distancing as Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons (House of Commons/PA)

A Number 10 spokesman confirms the PM would be taking a break from work while he recovers.

The hospital death toll of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK passes the 10,000 mark.

April 13 – Care sector bosses say daily death tolls are "airbrushing out" hundreds of elderly people who have died at care homes.

April 14 – Mr Sunak warns the Government will not be able to protect every UK business and every household during the pandemic, adding: "These are tough times and there will be more to come."

April 15 – The National Police Chiefs' Council says more than 3,200 fines for alleged breaches of coronavirus lockdown laws were issued by police forces in England between March 27 and April 13.

April 16 – Mr Raab, still deputising for the Prime Minister, announces that lockdown measures will be extended for at least three more weeks.

Matt Hancock
Health Secretary Matt Hancock showing the new 'Care' badge (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

April 17 – The Health Secretary describes the current level of coronavirus testing as "frustrating".

April 18 – More than 15,000 are reported to have died in hospital in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus.

April 20 – The Duke of Edinburgh makes a rare statement, praising those tackling the pandemic across the UK and keeping essential services running.

The Chancellor reveals that more than 140,000 applied to the Government's job retention scheme on the morning of its launch.

Downing Street says ministers and officials are working around the clock to ensure front line NHS staff get the correct PPE, amid mounting frustration over a lack of supplies.

April 22 – For the first time in British parliamentary history, MPs contribute to Prime Minister's Questions via video link.

Commons videolink
MPs and witnesses during the Commons Health Committee on Covid-19 via video link (House of Commons/PA)

Mr Raab rejects Sir Keir's accusations that the Government were slow to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

The Health Secretary says the Government will introduce contact tracing at a "large scale" as a way of easing lockdown restrictions, adding that the UK had "reached the peak" of its Covid-19 outbreak.

April 23 – Millions of people become eligible for a coronavirus test under an expansion of the testing programme for essential workers and their households, announced by Mr Hancock.

The first people are injected as part of human trials in the UK for a coronavirus vaccine, lead by Oxford University.

Some 20,000 households in England are to be contacted to take part in the first wave of a study tracking Covid-19 in the population to try and understand the current rate of infection and how many people have developed antibodies to the virus.

The UK reaches the one month mark since the start of its lockdown.

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