Daily Update 31/07/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stand at 46,119, an increase of 120 as of today. 

According to the ONS, daily Coronavirus cases in England have risen from 3,200 last week to 4,200. These findings are based on tests of households in England, excluding care homes and hospitals. The ONS estimates that daily cases are significantly higher than those reported by the Department of Health and Social Care because the ONS’ data includes people without symptoms. 

People that have been asked to shield across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will no longer be required to isolate from today. From Saturday those shielding will no longer receive food packages or medicine deliveries from the government. 

Daily Update 30/07/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 45,961, an increase of 83 as of today. 

According to the ONS the UK has recorded the highest level of excess deaths amongst European countries with 6.9% more excess deaths in the country as a whole and 7.5% more in England. Spain and Belgium are second and third with 6.7% and 3.9% respectively. 

The required isolation period for people that have tested positive for Coronavirus will increase from 7 to 10 days. This announcement comes after the Prime Minister warned yesterday of signs of a second wave of Coronavirus across Europe. 

Britain has also re-imposed a 14-day quarantine period on people arriving from Spain. In an Interview with Sky news Matt Hancock said that “I am worried about a second wave. I think you can see a second wave starting to roll across Europe, and we’ve got to do everything we can to prevent it from reaching these shores, and to tackle it.”

Daily Update 28/07/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 45.874, an increase of 119 as of today. 

The National Institute for Economics and Social Research has published a study which shows that UK unemployment could rise to 10% when the government ends the furlough scheme. According to NIESR’s research, many of the jobs that will be lost if the government were to end the Furlough scheme in November could be protected if the scheme were to continue until next year. 

The National Food Strategy has drawn attention to the connection between poor diet and food poverty in a recent report. In the report the agency state that “one of the miserable legacies of Covid-19 is likely to be a dramatic increase in unemployment and poverty and therefore hunger.” NFS suggest that in order to combat the harmful effects of Coronavirus fuelled food poverty more people should be made eligible for free school meals. Currently 1.5 million children are entitled to free school meals, the agency suggests increasing that number to 2.8 million. According to the study on 1% of packed lunches have meet nutritional standards. 

Daily Update 24/07/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stand at 45,677, an increase of 123 as of today. 

The number of people infected by Coronavirus in the UK has stopped decreasing. There are currently 2,000 people infected with the virus who are not in hospitals or care homes, according to the ONS. This data is based on the 114,674 swab tests carried in the six weeks leading up to July 19. The R number, which measures the rate of infections, also remains unchanged between 0.7-0.9. 

Boris Johnson has urged everyone to get a flu vaccine to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed in the event of a second wave. 

Daily Update 21/07/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 45,422, an increase of 110 as of today. 

UK public sector workers are to receive a pay increase of up to 3.1%. In a statement Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, said that “these past months have underlined what we always knew – that our public sector workers make a vital contribution to our country and that we can rely on them when we need them.” Between 2013-18 public sector pay was frozen for most public sector workers and pay increases were limited to 1% to help combat the government’s budget deficit. These pay increases represent the largest increase in public sector pay since that period. 

Britain and the European Union will fail to sign a post-Brexit deal with only a few days left before Boris Johnsons’ July deadline. According to the Telegraph the UK’s assumption is that there will be no deal. 

Daily Update 20/07/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stand at 45,312, an increase of 11 as of today. 

Britain has a signed deals to purchase three prospective vaccines to help combat Coronavirus. The government has purchased 30 million doses of a possible Coronavirus vaccine from the pharmaceutical companies BioNtech and Pfizer; acquired 100 million doses of the Oxford University vaccine being produced by AstraZeneca; and 60 million doses of a vaccine produced by Valneva.

Daily Update 17/07/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 45,233, an increase of 114 as of today. 

Boris Johnson has encouraged Britons to prepare for a steady return to work as official guidelines on workplaces and the use of public transport are set to change from August 1. From August 1 workers will be asked to return to their offices, at the discretion of their employers.

Bowling, skating rinks, and casinos will also be allowed to open from August 1. In addition, wedding receptions with up to 30 people will be permitted. There will also be trials of openings of live music venues and sports arenas.  

Daily Update 16/07/2020

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Official employment figures reveal that the number of people on employer payrolls decreased by 649,000 between March, when the lockdown started, and June. Unemployment has not increased dramatically, however, because many employers have put their staff on the government’s furlough scheme. Job vacancies are at their lowest since records began in 2001 at an estimated 333,000. 

The education secretary announced today that universities across in England at risk of bankruptcy could apply for emergency loans from the government. Thirteen universities across England are at risk of bankruptcy, according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies. Loans granted to at risk universities could come with conditions, such as ending “low value” courses.

Daily Update 06/07/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 44,236, an increase of 16 as of today. 

One fifth of Coronavirus test issued were wasted, according to official figures. Despite the government’s claims that 10.5 million tests have been made available only 8 million of these were used properly and processed. 

The Royal Society, Britain’s’ national academy of sciences, issued reports that emphasise the importance of wearing face masks. Venki Ramakrishnan, president of the society, said that “The UK is way behind many countries in terms of wearing masks and issuing clear policies and guidelines about mask wearing for the public.” Only 25% of Britons wear facemasks in public places, compared to 83% in Italy and 66% in the US. 

Weekend Update 03-05/07/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 44,220, an increase of 516 as of Sunday 5 July.

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopened on Saturday as part of the Government’s plans to ease the lockdown. Saturday night saw large crowds outside of pubs across the country. The chair of the police federation has said that it is “crystal clear” that drunk people are unable to socially distance. 

Concerns have been raised about the workplace practices of the company Boohoo, whose factories are located in Leicester, after the companies’ exploitative work practices were linked to the increase of local cases of Coronavirus. Authorities including the National Crime Agency are investigating Leicester’s garment industry, which has for a long time been accused of paying illegal wages and pushing staff to work throughout the lockdown. On Sunday Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, told the press that the government was “not just asking nicely” and said that authorities could fine and shut down premises that were failing to abide by health and safety standards. This comes as The Sunday Times’ investigation found that Boohoo offered £3.50 an hour to its workers. 

The EU and the UK have failed to meet the 30 June deadline for completing assessments of each other’s financial services regulation. Completing these assessments are a prerequisite for mutual market access