Total UK Cases: 5,745,526 positive tests
Latest UK daily figure: 23,511 new cases
Number in UK hospital: 5,918, +334 on previous day
New deaths across UK: 131
Total UK deaths: 129,303
England Cases per 100,000: 417
R number in UK: 1.2 to 1.4
Total 1st doses given: 46,653,796 (88.2%)
Total 2nd doses: 37,459,060 (70.8%)
Latest Cheshire East data:
Total Cheshire East cases: 28,934
New cases in past 7 days: 1,563 to 22 July
Total deaths: 812
Cases per 100,000: 406.9 per 100,000
R number in North West: 1.0 to 1.2
Coronavirus cases in the UK: daily updated statistics
The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests, cases and deaths in the UK. The way deaths are reported is based on a 28-day limit between the date of a positive lab-confirmed test and date of death.
Slides, datasets and transcripts to accompany coronavirus press conferences
Slides, datasets and transcripts from press conferences at 10 Downing Street in response to coronavirus
COVID-19: background information
Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features – updated with latest global case numbers.
UK NEWS & HEADLINES:
The daily number of Covid cases recorded in the UK has fallen for a seventh day in a row, to 23,511. Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier urged people to “remain cautious” and not jump to “premature conclusions” about the falling numbers.
The number of confirmed daily cases has fallen for six days in a row – now standing at 24,950. It’s little over a week since there were warnings we could reach 100,000 or even 200,000 cases a day. And unlike the previous two waves of Covid, it is happening without a national lockdown. Instead, we’re opening up.
Fully jabbed from EU and US could avoid quarantine
Senior cabinet ministers are to discuss allowing fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and US to avoid quarantine when they arrive in England.
A review of the border rules is due by 31 July – the second date in the Department for Transport’s plan for a safe return to international travel.
Younger age groups will take longer to vaccinate than older as enthusiasm wanes
There has been a reduction in the numbers of younger people taking up their invitation to get vaccinated – as that age group sees the highest number of COVID-19 cases.
People with two jabs will able to escape self-isolation if they come into contact with a positive Covid case from mid-August – with the prime minister claiming the timetable was “nailed on”.
More pinged workers eligible for daily tests instead of isolation
The government said 1,200 extra sites would be established, with prisons, waste management and the armed forces among the sectors prioritised. More critical workers will be able to take daily tests rather than isolate when they are identified as a close contact of someone who has Covid.
Why a giant plastic bag shortage is slowing the rollout
Although Covid-19 vaccine production has been ramped up from zero to billions of doses in record time, a shortage of raw materials and equipment has limited the number of doses that can be made.
Insurance threat for pinged holidaymakers
A host of travel insurance policies will not cover cancellation costs if holidaymakers are told to self-isolate owing to a close Covid contact.
REGIONAL & LOCAL NEWS:
Investor provides £41 million backing for North-west businesses in 2021
Growth capital investor, BGF, has revealed it has so far invested £41 million in North-west businesses during the first six months of 2021. Investment included £20 million of growth capital investment for seven businesses in the region, in addition to £21 million in follow-on funding for its existing portfolio in the region.
EV charging points installed across North-west up over 300% since 2019
The number of charging points for electric vehicles (EV) installed across the North-west has increased by 346% since 2019, according to Stockport-based Electricity North West.
Nine airlines now operating out of Terminal 2’s new super-terminal at Manchester
Greek carrier, Aegean Airlines is the latest airline to relocate into Terminal Two of Manchester Airport, with additional cafés and retailers also opening in the new ‘super-terminal’ as passenger numbers increase. Aegean Airlines will become the ninth airline to operate from the ‘super-terminal’, offering services from Manchester Airport to Athens on a thrice-weekly basis beginning 27th July. Passengers travelling with Aegean Airlines should now use Terminal Two; those with Manchester Airport car park or lounge bookings will have them moved across and customers will be notified accordingly. As passenger footfall is forecast to increase over the summer, the terminal is also seeing more retailers and food and drink outlets open. World Duty Free Express opened in Departures over the weekend, offering customers a quick and easy way to buy World Duty Free’s most popular products. The main World Duty Free unit, which has been operating since the new terminal opened its doors, remains available for those wishing to browse the full selection of the brand’s stock.
Cheadle finance firm seeking 100 new staff
Cheadle based specialist lender, Together, is hiring about 100 new staff in a recruitment drive for jobs across all parts of the business. The group, which provides mortgages and loans for individuals and businesses, is creating job opportunities across its commercial and personal finance operations, IT, marketing, and group finance, among other roles. Hiring managers will also be spotting future talent during an open evening at its headquarters at Lakeview, Cheadle Royal Business Park on July 29th.
SECTOR SPECIFIC CORONAVIRUS-RELATED NEWS:
EY: UK Economy growing at fastest pace in 8 years
Big Four accountancy firm, EY, has upgraded the country’s economic growth prospects, predicting the fastest rate of growth in 80 years as the UK emerges from the coronavirus pandemic. The EY ITEM Club’s Summer Forecast predicts the economy to grow 7.6% this year, the fastest rate of economic growth since 1941, upgrading its forecast by 0.8 percentage points from Spring figures. The UK economy is expected to now return to pre-pandemic level by the end of the year, three years earlier than appeared likely in forecasts made this time last year. Growth of 6.5% is now expected in 2022, an improvement from the 5% growth forecast in April. This will be followed by growth of 2.1% in 2023 and 1.6% in 2024.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re employed and cannot work
Guidance for people who are employed and cannot work due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re self-employed and getting less work or no work
Guidance for people who are self-employed and getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19).
NHS Test and Trace in the workplace
What to do if you or someone you employ is required to self-isolate. This includes being contacted by NHS Test and Trace, self-isolation rules and financial support.
Why remote working increases the risk of cyber attack
A recent survey from the UK and US-based security firm, Tessian, found that 56% of senior IT technicians believe their employees have picked up bad cyber-security habits while working from home. Worryingly, the survey found that many employees agreed with that assessment. Nearly two in five (39%) admitted that their cyber-security practices at home were less thorough than those practised in the office, with half admitting that this is a result of feeling less scrutinised by their IT departments now, than prior to Covid.
Are you re-opening your business, or planning to do so shortly?
If you’re bringing back your employees part time, you can claim furlough flexibly for them under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs. You can currently claim for pay periods in July and August. If you submitted a claim for June and need to make a change because you didn’t claim enough, you can also do this until 11??.59pm next???? Wednesday,?? ?28?? ?July. To help you plan ahead for future claim periods, the CJRS calculator is available to help you work out how much you can claim for employees up to the end of September. For the latest information, join HMRC’s live webinar. You can ask questions throughout using the on-screen text box, although we can’t discuss personal circumstances.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme webinar – will look at: who can claim, who you can claim for, how to calculate what you can claim, how to claim, bringing your employees back from furlough – Register here
There are useful handouts for you to download and we’ll also send you a link to a recording after the live webinar. If you’re a small or medium-sized employer with fewer than 250 employees, you may also be eligible for the
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme.
View HMRC’s recorded webinar about the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme on HMRC’s YouTube channel, for further guidance on the scheme, including who you can claim for, how to claim and what you may be entitled to. You can also find out what other financial support may be available for you and your business as part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs, by searching ‘find coronavirus financial support’ on GOV??.UK. HMRC will continue to review our webinars to give the most up-to-date information, and welcome your feedback at the end of the session too.
Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing
Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government’s minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer – updated the general list of providers.
Exemptions from managed quarantine for medical and compassionate reasons
Who can apply for an exemption from the requirement to enter managed quarantine on arrival in the UK on medical and compassionate grounds.
CLC calls for construction workers to be exempt from ping notifications
On August 16 regulations on self-isolation will be relaxed across the economy when anyone who has been double-jabbed will be able to continue to work if they are notified that they have been a contact of someone that has Covid-19.
But ahead of the change, construction businesses from merchants to manufacturers and consultants to contractors are being severely hampered as staff are having to stay home after being identified as a contact of a Covid-19 case, even if they are fully vaccinated.
Daily testing can keep pupils in school, study suggests
Daily rapid testing of school pupils who are close contacts of a Covid case did not lead to more virus spread than sending them home, a study has found.
Around 2% of close contacts with test results turned out to have coronavirus.
The findings, which have not yet been peer-reviewed, did not prove that a policy of rapid testing led to fewer Covid-related absences. But the study authors say that schools that successfully implement daily testing should see fewer absences.
Covid rules in many UK schools will be different for the new school year. But the policy has created huge disruption to children’s education since September.
Reported coronavirus (COVID-19) notifications by registered early years and childcare settings
This data is published fortnightly. It gives the number of registered early years and childcare providers reporting one or more confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) by week – added data for weeks beginning 28 June and 5 July.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has issued new guidance on the proposed process for transport workers receiving exceptions to leave self-isolation to perform critical work
HEALTH & WELLBEING:
Assessment and procurement of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests
How the government assesses offers of COVID-19 tests from developers for procurement and use in the UK.
NAEA Propertymark has released its June Housing Report, revealing that properties are selling over their asking price at an all-time high.
July retail sales growth slows down, but still strong, at 23%
UK retailers have reported another strong month of sales growth but saw stock levels slump to a new record low, according to fresh data.
Covid test plan a ‘pointless solution’ says Iceland boss
The government’s Covid test scheme to prevent workers having to self-isolate is a “pointless solution” because it excludes supermarket workers, according to the boss of the Iceland chain.
Haulier advice site locations
Find sites where HGV and coach drivers can get free COVID-19 tests and check their documents to transport goods to the EU – updated COVID-19 testing hours, and added information and advice operational hours.
Ryanair optimistic about “strong recovery” following 196% revenue surge
Budget airline Ryanair has announced it is hopeful for a “strong recovery” following a surge in bookings over recent months. In its trading update for the first quarter of 2021, the firm saw a 196 per cent increase in revenue as well as customer numbers rising from 500,000 to 8.1 million. The firm was hit by the cancellation of Easter flights as well as delays to the lifting of travel restrictions, however it is optimistic about the potential for summer growth.
Coronavirus Roadmap out of lockdown – what and when?
From 29 March:
- People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the “rule of six”, including in private gardens
- The stay at home rule will end, but the government will urge people to stay local as much as possible
- Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, including golf courses and tennis and basketball courts, and formally organised outdoor sports can restart
- Weddings attended by up to six people can take place in any circumstances
Stage two (no earlier than 12 April):
- All shops allowed to open, along with close-contact services, including hairdressers and beauty salons (including in people’s homes)
- Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres
- Members of the same household can take a holiday in the UK in self-contained accommodation
- Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place
Stage three (no earlier than 17 May):
- People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
- Six people or two households can meet indoors
- Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
- Up to 30 people can attend weddings or other life events, like christenings
- Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open
- Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children’s play areas can open
- Performances and large events can restart, but with limits on audience numbers
- Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
- International leisure travel may resume
- Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart
Stage four (expected 19th July):
- All legal limits on social contact will be removed
- No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events
- Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen
Publishing information about your claimsIn January HMRC published the list of employers who claimed under the CJRS for periods from December onwards, on GOV.UK.
Repayment period for Bounce Back Loans extended to ten yearsBusinesses that took out government Bounce Back loans to help them through the Coronavirus crisis now have more time to repay. Companies will be contacted with options to extend the length of the loan from six to 10 years as part of a new ‘pay-as-you-grow’ initiative. The new proposals give businesses three new options:
1. Extending the length of the loan from six years to 10;
2. Making interest-only payments for six months, then repaying the principal on a phased basis with other interest-only periods;
3. Delaying repayments entirely for up to six months.
COVID-19 Winter Plan
The government’s plan for managing COVID-19 through the end of 2020 and into the start of 2021.
Government extends JRS furlough scheme at 80% for period of lockdown
The government has said the furlough scheme, due to have closed on 31st October, would now be extended until December.
New National Restrictions from 5 November
Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.
Job Retention Bonus (JRB)
Employers are able to claim a one-off payment of £1,000 for every eligible employee furloughed and claimed for through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), kept continuously employed until at least 31 January 2021 and who meets the other eligibility criteria. Claims can be made between 15 February and 31 March.
Become a Green Homes Grant Supplier II – Trustmark and PAS 2030The new Green Homes Grant will give over 600,000 homeowners in England up to £10,000 to install insulation, heat pumps, draft proofing and more to help households cut energy bills.
Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) supports businesses that have been required to close due to temporary COVID-19 local lockdown restrictions imposed by the government.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension
The grant is being extended from 1 November 2020. Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can get.
Hospitality venues in England are now legally required to enforce the rule of 6 or face a fine of up to £4,000.
Designated businesses and organisations, including hospitality, close contact services and leisure venues, will also be legally required to log details of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace and required to display official NHS QR code posters under law
NHS Test and Trace service in the workplace
Guidance on the NHS Test and Trace service for employers, businesses and workers updated to reflect the new legal requirements for designated venues to collect contact details and display official NHS QR code posters from 24th September
Claim money back through the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme
Find out how to claim the reimbursement for discounts given to diners with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme closed on 31 August 2020 – the page updated with removal of registration links.
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.
Kickstart Scheme employer resources
If you’ve been offered Kickstart Scheme funding, you can use these resources to show your support for the scheme.
Kickstart Scheme employer contacts
List of regional contacts for employers applying for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme.
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
Frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak – guidance updated in line with new regulations coming into force on 4 July
Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund
The Future Fund will provide UK Government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.
Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch
Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme from 26 May.
Government – Guidance on Returning to Work safely
Government – Setting out of Road Map to recovery – 11th May 2020
Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s 60 page COVID-19 recovery strategy
The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. The strategy sets out a cautious roadmap to easing existing measures in a safe and measured way, subject to successfully controlling the virus and being able to monitor and react to its spread.
Coronavirus Act 2020: status
A table setting out the status of each measure in the Coronavirus Act 2020.
Government – Financial Support
New 100% government backed loan scheme for small business
Government – Financial Support
CBILS – A guide to whether it may be the best options for a business
Government – Financial Support
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – online claims portal open
Government – Business Support:
Government launches new coronavirus business support finder tool
Government – Business Support Hub:
Government – Business Support:
Government – Business Support: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19
Government – Financial Support: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-business-support-grant-funding
Bank of England – Financial Support: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/news/2020/march/the-covid-corporate-financing-facility
Gov.uk: Maintaining Educational Provision: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
UK Lockdown – Further businesses to close and exceptions: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874732/230320_-_Revised_guidance_note_-_finalVF
Health – updates from NHS
Health – Shielding the most vulnerable https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
Recruitment: – DWP and Universal Credit: http://news.dwp.gov.uk/dwplz/lz.aspx?p1=MQsDU1NjQ5MlM2OTA0OjNCNDJBOEZCRTJDOUJEOTc1ODQ0RTRCRDNDNzk4QUNF-&CC=&p=0
Retail: An update form British Retail Consortium https://brc.org.uk/news/corporate-affairs/coronavirus-latest-retailer-activity/
Resources available from Acas:
Redundancy letter templates
Redundancy process map Acas have also contributed to the development of a new return to work toolkit in partnership with SOM, CIPD, BITC and Mind.