Coronavirus - Summary of Government support

We are protecting the NHS so it is there for people when they need it

From just 2,000 tests per day in March we now have the capacity to conduct over 300,000 tests per day – with 311,113 tests available on 5 July.

• Our testing rate is now among the best in the world, equivalent to one test for every ten people in the country – and is outpacing countries like Germany, Spain, Italy, and the USA.

Daily deaths down from a peak of 945 on 14 April to 87 on 07 July 2020 (seven day rolling average).

• Ventilators up from 9,000 in March 2020 to 25,200 on 02 July 2020.

• Number of ventilator beds occupied down from a peak of 3,301 on 12 April 2020 to 185 on 8 July 2020.

Over 2.1 billion items of PPE delivered since the start of the outbreak.

7 Nightingale hospitals created.

• Hospital admissions down from 3,432 on 1 April 2020 to 211 on 02 July 2020 (UK).

• Over 2 million testing kits delivered to almost 9000 care homes.  

99% of GPs able to offer video consultations – up from 3% before the crisis.


We are taking unprecedented action to support jobs and livelihoods across the UK with over £160 billion of support…

Jobs retention scheme has been used by over 1.1 million employers to protect 9.4 million people’s jobs at a value of £27.4 billion

Self-employed income support scheme has been used by over 2.7 million to the value of £7.7 billion.

• The safety net is working – with an extra 2.3 million people getting the help they need through Universal Credit (since 12 March)

53,536 loans have now gone out through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme for SMEs providing almost £11.5 billion worth of finance.

394 loans have been approved for the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme for large firms providing £2.5 billion worth of financing.

• Over 1 million Bounce Back Loans have been approved worth over £30 billion.

• Over 861,000 firms have benefitted from £10.57 billion of business grants through the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

• Almost £10 billion of business rates relief has been provided for firms affected by COVID-19 – taken with existing measures around 1.1 million properties will pay no business rates in 2020-21.

• Over 496,000 VAT payments deferred by businesses to the value of £27.5 billion.

£32.9 billion of additional funding at the Summer Economic Update to support schemes like the Job Retention Bonus and Eat Out to Help Out schemes.


Supporting those who need it most

• Around 1,483,000 children are attending an educational setting – including 405,000 children of critical workers [estimated as 15% of all children of critical workers].

£164 million worth of free school meal vouchers have been redeemed.

• Over 3.7 million food boxes have been distributed to those who are shielded.

15,000 people have been housed in emergency accommodation.  

• Almost 590,000 NHS Volunteer Responders have had their ID verified and can now receive tasks.

• Over 394,000 tasks have been completed by NHS volunteers and over 80,000 people have been supported.

• Helped to repatriate 38,000 people by charter and 1.3 million via commercial routes.

• Contributed £1.65 billion to GAVI, the vaccine alliance.

• 2 of the world’s leading coronavirus vaccine programmes.

• The first in world to have a successful clinical trial.

• Contributed £764 million the international effort to fight coronavirus.