As of 9am on 22 May, there have been 3,231,921 tests, with 140,497 tests on 21 May. 2,144,626 people have been tested, of which 254,195 tested positive.

As of 5pm on 21 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 36,393 have died. This new figure includes deaths in all settings, not just in hospitals. The equivalent figure under the old measure would have been 29,393.

Tests People tested Positive Deaths in hospitals Deaths in all settings
Daily 140,497 80,297 3,287 172 351
Total 3,231,921 2,144,626 254,195 29,393 36,393

Important information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to protect patients, our community and NHS staff while ensuring as many services as possible are available to the public.

Stay at home to stop Coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:
  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

If you have symptoms

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, you are advised to stay at home for seven days. Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for seven days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they’re at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at

NHS 111 online support via text message for people with Covid-19 symptoms 

  • People self-isolating with suspected coronavirus symptoms will get regular check-ins from a new NHS 111 online messaging service. Visit  to get to the NHS 111 Online assessment pages.

Once individuals have been through the online assessment, daily texts will be sent to those who have registered their Covid-19 symptoms and left contact details.

What to do if you need medical help

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

Read more advice about getting medical help at home.

Briefing for key stakeholders

A weekly briefing from the Oxfordshire health and care system to key stakeholders.

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – May 19, 2020

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – May 12, 2020

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – May 5, 2020

Looking after your health and mental & physical wellbeing

To help yourself stay well while you’re at home:
  • stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
  • try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
  • do light exercise at home, or outside once a day

Oxford Health has launched 24/7 mental health helplines for adults and children in all our regions

Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire

Adults: 01865 904997.
Children and young people: 01865 904998

Bath and North East Somerset

What time is it? The number to phone:
9am – 5pm on a weekday 01865 903777
5pm – 9am on a weekday or on weekends 01865 901000
Other useful sources of support in your area: Off The Record



What time is it? The number to phone:
9am – 5pm on a weekday 01865 903777
5pm – 9am on a weekday or on weekends 01865 901000
Other useful sources of support in your area: On Your Mind



What time is it? The number to phone:
9am – 5pm on a weekday 01793 463177
5pm – 9am on a weekday or on weekends 01865 901000
Other useful sources of support in your area: Swindon local offer


For more mental health advice advice, see:

Pregnancy advice

If you’re pregnant and worried about coronavirus, you can get advice about coronavirus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Domestic abuse

Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse. The household isolation instruction as a result of Coronavirus does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get back home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

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