41 pictures that tell the story of COVID in the UK as cases reach one million

James Morris
·Senior news reporter, Yahoo News UK
·11-min read
Coronavirus cases have passed one million in the UK.
Coronavirus cases have passed one million in the UK.

The UK has reached another unwanted milestone of the coronavirus pandemic after it surpassed one million COVID-19 cases.

It took exactly nine months for lab-confirmed infections to hit the one million mark on Saturday, during which the nation has experienced unimaginable upheaval.

Saturday also marked Boris Johnson announcing a second national lockdown for England.

Here are 41 pictures that tell the story of the pandemic so far.

31 January (2 cases)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage addresses Pro Brexit supporters as the United Kingdom prepares to exit the EU during the Brexit Day Celebration Party hosted by Leave Means Leave at Parliament Square on January 31, 2020 in London, England. At 11.00pm on Friday 31st January the UK and Northern Ireland exits the European Union, 188 weeks after the referendum on June 23rd, 2016. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
(Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Nigel Farage leads a rally in Parliament Square as the UK’s departure from the EU is confirmed. It was the night everything changed – but not because of Brexit. It was the night the UK’s first two COVID infections were confirmed.

3 March (51 cases)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance during a press conference on the government's coronavirus action plan at Downing Street on March 3, 2020 in London, England.  Johnson is announcing plans for combating the spread of the new COVID-19 coronavirus in the UK. (Photo by Frank Augstein-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
(Frank Augstein/pool/Getty Images)

As case numbers slowly creep up, the “three amigos” – Prof Chris Whitty, Boris Johnson and Sir Patrick Vallance – hold the first coronavirus press conference in Downing Street. It would become familiar sight in 2020, although the reporters would soon be gone and the “amigos” spaced further apart.

6 March (160 cases)

Byron Davies (left) with Prime Minister Boris Johnson shaking hands with Simon Baynes as he arrives at the Welsh Conservative Party Conference in the Llangollen Pavilion in north Wales. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
(Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

Johnson shakes hands as he arrives at the Welsh Conservative Party conference. Three days earlier, the prime minister had pledged to continue shaking hands, despite the spread of the virus.

11 March (456 cases)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Atletico substitutes sit on the bench surrounded by Liverpool fans during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Liverpool FC and Atletico Madrid at Anfield on March 11, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
(Simon Stacpoole/Offside via Getty Images)

Liverpool fans at Anfield for the Champions League match with Atletico Madrid. To this day, it remains the last major sporting event in the UK to have been played in a full arena of spectators.

20 March (3,983 cases)

A man with a drink as Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is seen on a television screen in a pub in London as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. In Westminster, London, Britain March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
(Reuters/Hannah McKay)

A man sips a beer in a London pub as Boris Johnson orders hospitality and entertainment businesses to close indefinitely that night.

23 March (6,650 cases)

TOPSHOT - Members of a family listen as Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a televised address to the nation from inside 10 Downing Street in London, with the latest instructions to stay at home to help contain the Covid-19 pandemic, from a house in Liverpool, north west England on March 23, 2020. - Britain on Monday ordered a three-week lockdown to tackle the spread of coronavirus, shutting "non-essential" shops and services, and banning gatherings of more than two people. "Stay at home," Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a televised address to the nation, as he unveiled unprecedented peacetime measures after the death toll climbed to 335. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
(Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images)

A family watches as Boris Johnson announces the national lockdown. In an extraordinary address to the nation, he says: “You must stay at home.”

24 March (8,077 cases)

Major shops on Oxford Street, closed for business. March 24th 2020 was the first day of enforced lockdown in the UK, in order to stop the spread of the Coronavirus Covid 19. On what would normally be a bustling business / week day in London, the city was deserted, with just a few people in masks out on the street, plus a few taxis and mostly empty buses. (photo by Phil Clarke Hill/In Pictures via Getty Images)
(Phil Clarke Hill/In Pictures via Getty Images)

A deserted Oxford Street in central London on the first full day of lockdown.

26 March (11,658 cases)

MANCHESTER,  - MARCH 26: Barbara Leigh, aged 93, (second left) rings a bell for the NHS, with her family who are all staying together throughout the lockdown, from their front garden across the road from Wythenshawe Hospital on March 26, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. The "Clap For Our Carers" campaign has been encouraging people across the U.K to take part in the nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens at 8pm to show their appreciation for the efforts of the NHS as they tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19). The coronavirus pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
(Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The first weekly “clap for our carers”, in which households across the nation gather on their doorsteps to applaud the efforts of NHS and care workers during the pandemic. Barbara Leigh, 93, second right, rings a bell with her family at their home near Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester.

2 April (34,610 cases)

LONDON, April 2, 2020 .File photo taken on April 2, 2020 shows British Prime Minister Boris Johnson clapping for National Health Service staff outside 11 Downing Street in London, Britain. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken to intensive care on Monday night after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, Downing Street said. Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputize for him, a Downing Street spokesman said. (Pippa Fowles/No 10 Downing Street/Handout to Xinhua via Getty) (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (Xinhua/Han Yan via Getty Images)
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Boris Johnson in Downing Street for the second “clap for our carers”. It was his first public appearance since testing positive for COVID on 27 March.

3 April (39,282 cases)

Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock prepares for the opening of the "NHS Nightingale" field hospital, created at the ExCeL London exhibition centre, in London on April 3, 2020, to help with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - The new state-run National Health Service (NHS) hospital, named after trailblazing 19th-century nurse Florence Nightingale, has been built in just nine days. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEFAN ROUSSEAU/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
(Stefan Rousseau/pool/AFP via Getty Images)

Health secretary Matt Hancock at the opening of NHS Nightingale London, a temporary hospital at the ExCeL London exhibition centre to add healthcare capacity during the pandemic. It was built in just nine days, and more Nightingales followed across the country.

6 April (53,624 cases)

Police officers outside of the St Thomas' Hospital after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care after his coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms worsened and has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise. London, Britain, April 6, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
(Reuters/Henry Nicholls)

Police stand guard outside St Thomas’ in Westminster, after Boris Johnson is moved into intensive care a day after being admitted to the hospital. He comes close to death, but is moved out of intensive care three days later.

12 April (85,279 cases)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at 10 Downing Street after being discharged from hospital in London, Britain, on April 12, 2020. Boris Johnson "has been discharged from hospital to continue his recovery at Chequers", a Downing Street spokesman said Sunday. (Pippa Fowles/No 10 Downing Street/Handout to Xinhua via Getty) (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (Xinhua/ via Getty Images)
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Boris Johnson in an address to the nation after his discharge. “I today left hospital after a week in which the NHS has saved my life – no question.”

16 April (103,093 cases)

99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, after he achieved his goal of 100 laps of his garden - raising more than 12 million pounds for the NHS. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
(Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)

Captain Tom Moore, 99, at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, after achieving his goal of 100 laps of his garden. His efforts help to raise nearly £33m for the NHS.

27 April (157,149 cases)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in Downing Street as he returns to work following his recovery from Covid-19 on April 27, 2020 in London, England. The Prime Minister said the country needed to continue its lockdown measures to avoid a second spike in infections. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
(Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

Boris Johnson outside Downing Street as he returns to work following his near-death experience with COVID.

10 May (219,183 cases)

In this photo issued by 10 Downing Street on Sunday, May 10, 2020, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers an address on lifting the country's lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Johnson announced a modest easing of the country’s coronavirus lockdown and outlined his government’s road map for further lifting restrictions in the coming months. In a televised address to the nation, Johnson said people in Britain who can’t work from home, such as those in construction or manufacturing jobs, “should be actively encouraged to go to work” this week. (Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street via AP)
(Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street via AP)

Johnson records an address to the nation as he announces the first easing of lockdown restrictions.

13 May (229,705 cases)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 13: Two dancers take the opportunity to practise in the fresh air of Alexandra Park, as some aspects of the lockdown are eased, on May 13, 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 Leon Neal/Getty Images)
(Leon Neal/Getty Images)

The first day since lockdown that unlimited outdoor exercise is allowed. Two dancers make the most of it in Alexandra Park, north London.

25 May (261,184 cases)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Chief Advisor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings makes a statement inside 10 Downing Street on May 25, 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 Jonathan Brady-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
(Jonathan Brady/pool/Getty Images)

Boris Johnson’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, holds an extraordinary press conference in the Downing Street rose garden to explain his actions after it emerges he drove hundreds of miles to his parents’ home in Durham shortly after lockdown was imposed. While there, he also made a now-infamous trip to Barnard Castle “to see if I could drive safely” after experiencing a loss of vision while suffering COVID symptoms. Amid huge public anger, Johnson faced widespread calls to sack Cummings – but he kept his job.

1 June (276,332 cases)

Children are seen washing their hands at Heath Mount School as some schools reopen, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Watton-at-Stone, Britain, June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
(Reuters/Andrew Couldridge)

Children wash their hands at Heath Mount School in Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, as schools begin to reopen for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils.

2 June (277,985 cases)

Members of Parliament, including Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg, queue outside the House of Commons in Westminster, London, as they wait to vote on the future of proceedings, amid a row over how Commons business can take place safely. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
(Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)

MPs, including House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg, left, form a massive queue outside the Houses of Parliament in order to vote. Rees-Mogg had dropped procedures that allowed members to vote online and speak remotely via Zoom. Labour MP Tan Dhesi tells Yahoo News UK that images of the “Rees-Mogg conga” were making the nation an “international laughing stock”.

6 June (284,868 cases)

Boxer Anthony Joshua is seen with protestors during a Black Lives Matter protest in Watford, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Watford, Britain, June 6, 2020. REUTERS/Paul Childs
(Reuters/Paul Childs)

World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua at an anti-racism protest in Watford, one of many that take place across the country following the killing of George Floyd in the US. Health secretary Matt Hancock had urged people not to take part in the national demonstrations, citing lockdown rules.

15 June (296,857 cases)

TOPSHOT - Sue Stamp, manager of the ladies department, fits a young girl with a new pair of shoes from under a perspex screen after opening on the first day of business since the coronavirus lockdown at W.J. French and Son, a long-established shoe-fitting shop in Southampton, on the south coast of England on June 15, 2020, as some non-essential retailers reopen from their coronavirus shutdown. - Various stores and outdoor attractions in England are set to open Monday for the first time in nearly three months, as the government continues to ease its coronavirus lockdown. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
(Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images)

Non-essential retail shops are allowed to reopen. Sue Stamp fits a young girl with a new pair of shoes from behind a perspex screen at W.J. French and Son in Southampton.

29 June (311,965 cases)

Gallowtree Gate in Leicester, where localised coronavirus lockdown restrictions have been in place since June 29, with non-essential shops ordered to close and people urged not to travel in or out of the area. Health Secretary Matt Hancock is due to decide whether to make changes to Leicester's lockdown after examining the latest coronavirus data.
(PA)

Restrictions are reimposed on Leicester, in a sign of the government’s localised approach that would follow.

4 July (284,900 cases*)

*infection data was re-evaluated on 2 July, leading to the de-duplication of some figures and therefore a decrease in the total number of cases

TOPSHOT - A car tries to drive along a street filled with revellers drinking in the Soho area of London on July 4, 2020, after the police re-opened the road at 2300 as restrictions are further eased during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Pubs in England reopen on Saturday for the first time since late March, bringing cheer to drinkers and the industry but fears of public disorder and fresh coronavirus cases. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
(Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images)

A car tries to drive through a crowded street in Soho, central London, on the day pubs were allowed to reopen – bringing cheer to the industry and drinkers but fears of fresh COVID cases. Businesses such as restaurants and hairdressers are also allowed to reopen on the same day.

24 July (297,914 cases)

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - JULY 24:  Shoppers wear face masks in Blackburn town centre on July 24, 2020 in Blackburn, England. Blackburn with Darwen borough have become  "areas for intervention" after a spike in coronavirus cases. Authorities have increased testing in an effort to avoid a local lockdown being forced upon the area amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
(Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Face coverings become mandatory in shops in England. They had also been made compulsory on public transport in June.

3 August (305,623 cases)

A waiter serves customers' their pizzas as diners sit at tables outside a restaurant in London on August 3, 2020, as the Government's "Eat out to Help out" coronavirus scheme to get consumers spending again gets underway. - Britain's "Eat out to Help out" scheme began Monday, introduced last month by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help boost the economy claw its way from a historic decline sparked by the coronavirus crisis. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
(Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images)

A waiter serves pizzas in Kingly Court, central London, as chancellor Rishi Sunak launches the “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme to get people spending in hospitality businesses again. The scheme, which gave people a 50% discount off their food bill, applied on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.

8 August (309,763 cases)

NHS (National Health Service) workers hold placards as they protest outside Downing Street during a march through the streets of London on August 8, 2020, to demand a pay rise. (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES / AFP) (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images)
(Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty Images)

NHS workers protest outside Downing Street as they demand a pay rise. Unions were calling for rises scheduled for 2021 to be brought forward as a gesture of thanks for the efforts of NHS staff during the pandemic. One protester, Laura Duffell, told Yahoo News UK that workers felt “stabbed in the back”.

17 August (319,197 cases)

Students hold placards as they take part in a protest march from Codsall Community High School to the constituency office of Gavin Williamson, Conservative MP for South Staffordshire and Britain's current Education Secretary, in Codsall near Wolverhampton, central England on August 17, 2020, to demonstrate against the downgrading of A-level results. - Britain's government announced a u-turn Monday, meaning that A-level students in England will be see their grades increased. Williamson apologised to students and parents affected by "significant inconsistencies" with the grading process introduced after exams were cancelled due to COVID-19. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
(Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images)

Codsall Community High School students protest outside the constituency office of education secretary Gavin Williamson following the A-level grading fiasco. It saw nearly 40% of results downgraded due to an algorithm aimed at standardising results, after exams were cancelled due to the pandemic. Later that day, Williamson performed a major U-turn as he dropped the algorithm and allowed results to be based on teacher predictions.

1 September (337,168 cases)

Ben Wallace shaking hands before Tuesday's cabinet meeting. (Sky News)
(Sky News)

As Parliament returns following the summer recess, cabinet minister Ben Wallace is caught shaking hands with an unknown man in Downing Street – in a breach of his own government’s social distancing rules. He later apologises for “slipping up”.

14 September (371,125 cases)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Members of the public sit on park benches as a new law comes into force limiting social gatherings to a maximum of six people from two households on September 14, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The country joined England in imposing a six-person limit on indoor and outdoor gatherings to curb a rise in Covid-19 infections. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
(Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

People in a park in Edinburgh as Scotland, England and Wales introduce new “rule of six” restrictions banning most social gatherings of more than six people indoors and outdoors. It’s a response to daily infections slowly creeping up.

17 September (381,614 cases)

BOLTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: People queue at a walk in Covid-19 testing centre on September 17, 2020 in Bolton, England. Fears about rising infection rates among younger people across the Uk has forced the government into tighter lockdown restrictions, particularly in the North of England.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
(Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

A long queue of people outside a COVID testing centre in Bolton as under-pressure NHS Test and Trace chief Dido Harding admits up to 75% of people who want a test are unable to get one. She told MPs: “There is significantly more demand than there is capacity.”

18 September (385,936 cases)

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the construction site of the new dedicated Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (VMIC) currently under construction on the Harwell science and innovations campus near Didcot in central England on September 18, 2020. - The building is being constructed to manufacture vaccines for Covid-19 and is set to open next summer. (Photo by RICHARD POHLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by RICHARD POHLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
(Richard Pohle/pool/AFP via Getty Images)

Boris Johnson visits a construction site in Didcot, Oxfordshire, during which he tells reporters the UK is in the “second wave” of the pandemic.

21 September (398,625 cases)

Britain's Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty (L) and Britain's Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance, both wearing face coverings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leave from 11 Downing Street in central London on September 21, 2020. - The UK government on Monday upgraded its coronavirus alert level, as its senior scientific advisor warned that England was on track for about 50,000 coronavirus cases a day by mid-October and a surging death toll unless action is taken immediately. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
(Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images)

Prof Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance leave Downing Street after a press conference in which they issue dire warnings about the spread of the virus. Sir Patrick warns COVID infections are doubling “roughly” every seven days.

22 September (403,551 cases)

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the House of Commons, in London, Britain September 22, 2020. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. IMAGE MUST NOT BE ALTERED
(UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor via Reuters)

Boris Johnson in the House of Commons as he announces a raft of new measures, lasting six months, to restrict the spread of COVID. They include telling office workers to work from home – a reversal of previous policy – and a 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants. “This is the moment when we must act,” he tells MPs. In an address to the nation later that day, the PM blames COVID rule breakers for the second wave of infections.

28 September (439,013 cases)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Students who are self-isolating stand behind the security fencing of theoir accommodation as they are interviewed by a television crew on September 28, 2020 in Manchester, England. Around 1,700 students across two student housing blocks were told to self-isolate after more than 100 students recently tested positive for Covid-19. The students were told to self-isolate for 14 days even if they were not experiencing symptoms. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
(Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

University students behind security fencing in Manchester. They are among thousands of students in the city forced to self-isolate after COVID outbreaks – with similar situations at other universities across the country.

12 October (617,688 cases)

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson wearing a face mask as a precaution against the transmission of the novel coronavirus leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on October 12, 2020 headed for the House of Commons, where he is set to announce a new COVID-19 alert system. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was set to present a new three-tiered alert system for coronavirus cases in England on Monday, with Liverpool in the northwest expected to be the only city placed in the top category. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
(Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images)

Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street ahead of another major announcement in the House of Commons: the three-tier local lockdown system for England. It later emerges that in September, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) had advised a more severe “circuit breaker” national lockdown instead.

13 October (634,920 cases)

Sir Keir Starmer called for a 'circuit breaker' national lockdown at a press conference on Tuesday. (BBC)
(BBC)

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer seizes on the ignored Sage advice by calling for a circuit breaker lasting up to three weeks. “There’s no longer time to give this prime minister the benefit of the doubt,” he says at a press conference.

14 October (654,644 cases)

Pedestrian wearing facemasks walk past advertising for facemasks in central Liverpool, north west England on October 14, 2020, as new local lockdown measures come in to force to help stem a second wave of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. - The northwest city of Liverpool -- the only place put into the highest category -- will see a ban on household mixing and pub closures from today for at least four weeks. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
(Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images)

Pedestrians in Liverpool city centre as the three-tier system comes into force. Liverpool, with a high COVID rate, is the first to go into Tier 3: the most severe set of restrictions which include bans on household mixing and pub closures. Other areas soon follow into Tier 3 in the coming weeks.

19 October (741,212 cases)

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 19: First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford speaks during a press conference after the Welsh cabinet announced that Wales will go into national lockdown from Friday until 9 November, at the Welsh Government building in Cathays Park on October 19, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. Cases of Covid-19 continue to rise in Wales even in areas that are already subject to restrictions. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
(Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

Wales becomes the first UK country to re-enter a national lockdown as first minister Mark Drakeford announces a “sharp and deep fire break” lasting 16 days.

20 October (762,542 cases)

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – OCTOBER 20: Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham (left) with leader of Manchester City Council Sir Richard showing him the news from London when the Tier 3 measures will come into force on October 20, 2020 in Manchester, England. Talks between the Housing and Communities Minister, Robert Jenrick, and the Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, collapsed today after they failed to agree a financial package to help Mancunians whose jobs are threatened by a Tier Three lockdown.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
(Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The moment Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham finds out the government has forced his region into a Tier 3 lockdown. It follows a bitter fallout with Downing Street over the size of a financial package to help Greater Manchester through the restrictions.

28 October (942,275 cases)

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford walks end of the Champions League group H soccer match between Manchester United and RB Leipzig, at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
(AP/Dave Thompson)

Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford walks off the Old Trafford pitch after scoring a hat-trick against RB Leipzig in the Champions League. It comes as his petition calling for the government to provide free school meals during school holidays hits one million signatures. Since the summer, Rashford has been arguing many children would be going hungry during half-term breaks as a result of parents losing their jobs and income during the pandemic.

31 October (1,011,660 cases)

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual press conference inside 10 Downing Street in central London on October 31, 2020 to announce new lockdown restrictions in an effort to curb rising infections of the novel coronavirus. - UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday announced a new four-week coronavirus lockdown across England, a dramatic strategy shift following warnings hospitals would become overwhelmed under his current system of localised restrictions. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ALBERTO PEZZALI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
(Alberto Pezzali/pool/AFP via Getty Images)

As cases pass one million, Boris Johnson announces a second national lockdown for England at a Downing Street press conference. He says it is necessary to prevent a "medical and moral disaster" for the NHS.

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