Total UK Cases: 3,852,623 positive tests
Latest UK daily figure: 16,840 new cases
Number in UK hospital: 36,931 (2,642 new admissions)
New deaths across UK: 1,449
Total UK deaths: 108,013
England Cases per 100,000: 281.9 per 100,000
R number in UK: 0.7 to 1.1 as of 29 January
Total 1st doses given: 9,646,715 up to and including 1 February 2021
Total 2nd doses given: 496,796
Latest Cheshire East data:
Total Cheshire East cases: 18,010
New cases in past 7 days: 758 to 28 Jan
Total deaths: 680
Cases per 100,000: 197.3.1 per 100,000
R number in North West: 0.9 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 nation salutes its hero, Captain Sir Tom Moore
Captain Sir Tom Moore, an amazingly inspiring gentleman who raised over £40 million for the NHS, has passed away having contracted pneumonia last week and later testing positive for coronavirus. His family released the following statement:
“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father.
“We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime. We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together. The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.
Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.”
The Queen and the Prime Minister also paid their respects along with many people who have been inspired by Sir Tom since the summer of 2020.
Almost 20,000 jobs protected by Film & TV Production Restart Scheme
Almost 20,000 jobs in film and television have already been protected by a government-backed scheme to get screen productions back up and running again, the Chancellor confirmed today, 2 February.
Test blitz underway as South African variant found across parts of the UK
On Monday evening, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said 105 cases of the South African Covid-19 variant had been found in the UK. Of those, 11 had no links to international travel. In response the government is beginning mass, door-to-door testingin eight parts of England where the variant was found – they are in Surrey, London, Kent, Hertfordshire, Southport and Walsall.
Every care home resident in England offered vaccine
Every eligible care home resident in England has had or been offered the coronavirus vaccine, the NHS has announced. Prime Minister Boris Johnson described it as a “crucial milestone”. The UK target is to vaccinate all care home residents and carers, people over 70, and frontline care workers, by 15 February. On Saturday a record 598,389 first jabs were given across the UK. It means nearly nine million people have received the first dose, with about 490,000 having both.
Government’s multimillion-pound support scheme for airports
The Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme is now open to commercial airports and ground handlers who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
UK government secures additional 40 million doses of Valneva vaccine
Deal takes total number of Valneva vaccines to 100 million, to be manufactured in the UK in Scotland
UK to support rest of the world to find COVID-19 virus variants
The UK will offer its world-leading genomics expertise to identify new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 to countries who do not have the resources to do so.
Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 1 February 2021
Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing.
LOCAL / REGIONAL NEWS & UPDATES:
Cheshire East Council ‘still open’ for new business grants applications
The council has also committed even further resources to help process payments quicker
Insider: EY announce significant increase in profit warnings for North West firms
The number of profit warnings issued by listed companies in the North West increased significantly last year, according to EY. The firm’s latest Profit Warnings report showed that there were 48 such instances in 2020, compared with 33 in 2019. This represents a 45 per cent increase and is also higher than the peak of the financial crisis in 2008, when 33 warnings were recorded. The 48 were heavily weighted to the first quarter of the year, when 29 were issued. Companies in FTSE consumer discretionary sectors – including retailers and travel and leisure – were hit the hardest. Read more
Free online webinars launch to support parents of primary age children
In partnership with ‘Literacy Counts’ CEC have launched a series of upcoming webinars to support parents with primary age children to help them get the most out of reading
Cheshire East Council helps vulnerable and elderly residents with additional winter wellbeing support
Cheshire East Council is providing additional support to vulnerable individuals and families during the winter months and those experiencing difficulties
HMRC: Moving goods between the UK and EUIf you or your business move goods between Great Britain and countries in the EU, you’ll need to follow new customs and tax rules. We know this means change for many businesses, and HMRC is here to help you in several ways. You can:
- watch our videos on HMRC’s YouTube channel to familiarise yourself with the new customs processes and what you need to do before you trade goods with the EU
- attend our webinars to find out what you need to do now to adjust to new rules and keep your business moving
- the trader checklist is also still available on GOV??????.UK to make sure you’re familiar with the new rules that affect you – use our updated guides to understand the new customs and VAT requirements when moving goods between Great Britain and EU countries.
- there’s also a series of webinars and videos from other government departments to support you
- you can also sign up to our weekly update ‘News and information about importing and exporting with the EU‘, that provide hints and tips for businesses like yours getting used to the new rules for importing and exporting.
Webinars to register for now:
Exporting: what you need to do to keep your goods moving:
An overview of the actions you need to take now before you export goods from Great Britain to the EU and move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Key processes include – zero-rated VAT, customs declarations, using an intermediary as well as licences, certificates, and authorisations. Please register for export
Trader responsibilities when using an intermediary:
This webinar explains your responsibilities as a trader, if you choose to use an intermediary to complete import or export declarations for your business. These are complex and an intermediary can save you a lot of time. Please register for import or export.
What are customs import declarations?:
If you import goods, you need to make customs import declarations on controlled goods and all goods by the end of June?? ?2021. Our webinar helps you to understand more about them, including what’s needed for simplified declarations, supplementary declarations, and delayed import declarations Please register for import.
Importing: What you need to know about Staged Controls:
This webinar takes you through the three stages of the new border controls introduced on 1?? ?January?? ?2021, and what actions you need to take for each stage. Please register to take part if you’re planning to import.
Contact HMRC: If you’ve watched HMRC videos, or attended our webinars and feel you’d like more help with importing, exporting or customs reliefs use one of our contact options on GOV???.UK.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
How your trading conditions affect your eligibility for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
Find out what we mean by reduced activity, capacity or demand or temporary closure and read examples of how this could affect your eligibility. Claims for the third grant have now closed. The last date for making a claim for the third grant was 29 January 2021. Details about the fourth grant will be announced on 3 March 2021.
Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
If you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.
Claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
If you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) you may be eligible to claim the grant – claims for the third grant have now closed. The last date for making a claim for the third grant was 29 January 2021. Details about the fourth grant will be announced on 3 March 2021.
Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Find out how apprenticeships will continue during the coronavirus (COVD-19) outbreak.
Added a new version of ‘Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ with updated information on face-to-face training and when to consider a break in an apprenticeship.
NHS Test and Trace in the workplace
Guidance on what to do if you or someone you employ is contacted by NHS Test and Trace, including self-isolation and financial support – updated section on when to contact your local health protection team.
Coronavirus support from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations
Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations are providing coronavirus related support for specific sectors – added details for the Cosmetic Toiletry & Perfumery Association and the Mineral Products Association.
Laptops and tablets progress data during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Information about how many laptops and tablets we have delivered or dispatched to local authorities and academy trusts – added link to ‘Laptops and tablets progress data as of 2 February 2021’.
Self-employed construction workers on Covid support lead to skills shortages
Sky-high levels of self-employed construction workers claiming Covid income support grants are creating skills shortages across the industry. Contractor bodies have become so concerned about the situation that they are lobbying MPs for a reform of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).Latest government figures show 659,000 self-employed construction workers claimed £2.3bn in grants during last December alone when the latest round of the scheme opened.
Supporting your children’s remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home.
Updated resources and added new section on ‘What you should expect for your child’s remote education’.
Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March and early years settings since Thursday 16 April – added ‘Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March 2020 to 28 January 2021’.
Transport to school and other places of education: 2020 to 2021 academic year
What local authorities will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak for the 2020 to 2021 academic year – removal of references to the autumn term, refreshed lines on the data and funding available to local authorities, updated links to the guidance to schools, specialist settings and colleges, updated advice of face coverings and the definition of a close contact to be consistent with revised advice from PHE.
Admission appeals for school places
These guides will help admission authorities advise those involved with school admission appeals to understand their roles and responsibilities – page updated as the temporary amendments to the admission appeals regulations, which were introduced due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, have been extended until 30 September 2021.
Ofsted inspections to be done remotely
All planned inspection activity will be carried out remotely until March 8 at the earliest – updated dates to clarify that we will carry out planned inspection work until 8 March at the earliest.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) asymptomatic testing for staff in primary schools and nurseries
Information on rapid asymptomatic coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for staff in primary schools, school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools – added updated information about reporting delivery and test issues using the form, and contacting the helpline for the link which has been shared with primary schools, school-based nurseries, and maintained nursery schools, to access guidance and support materials.
Mass asymptomatic testing: schools and colleges
Find out how to administer testing which will begin in January 2021 – added updated information about reporting delivery and test issues using the form, and contacting the helpline for the link which has been shared with schools and colleges to access guidance and support materials.
HEALTH & WELLBEING:
Understanding lateral flow antigen testing for people without symptoms
An explanation of the technology behind asymptomatic testing and the role these tests play in the national COVID-19 testing programme – added a new section on pilots and evaluations.
Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019: Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)
Legislation and guidance on the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) and the latest information on progress towards their implementation – added link to ‘Summary of LPS National Steering Group meeting: December 2020’.
Instructions for COVID-19 self-test
Follow the instructions to understand how to safely test yourself for coronavirus (COVID-19) and report your result.
Janssen publishes positive safety and efficacy data for single-dose COVID-19 vaccine
Janssen today published positive data from the Phase 3 studies of its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine candidate, showing it to be 66% effective overall in preventing coronavirus in participants.
COVID-19: guidance for ambulance services
This guidance is for suspected cases of COVID-19 where an emergency ambulance response is required.
Private providers of coronavirus testing
Lists of and information about approved suppliers of private testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19).
Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes
How to protect care home residents and staff during the coronavirus outbreak – updated sections on ‘Testing staff and residents in care homes’ in reference to staff testing and special arrangements for people who work in the NHS, Annex B on the definition of ‘contacts’ and Annex F to reflect the extension of free PPE until the end of June 2021.
Vaccine Deployment Minister and Mayor of London collaborate to share benefits of vaccine uptake
Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan discuss the importance trustworthy sources of information on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Care home vaccination follow-ups
How to contact us if your care home in England with older residents has not yet been offered the COVID-19 vaccine.
New COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) variants
Information on the new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus – added ‘SARS-CoV-2 VOC: investigating and managing individuals with a possible or confirmed case’.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance
Find guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) for health and social care settings, other non-clinical settings, and for the general public – added ‘COVID-19: rapid point of care (near-person) testing for service providers’.
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 – updated ‘National technical validation process for manufacturers of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) tests’ to reflect the number of technologies currently in the TVG pipeline.
Medical devices given exceptional use authorisations during the COVID-19 pandemic
List of manufacturers and their medical devices which have been granted an exemption by the MHRA. The list also includes manufacturers whose exemption expired or was cancelled. This information will be listed for 2 months after expiry or cancellation – updated list of devices granted an exceptional use authorisation as well as those no longer covered.
Private providers of coronavirus testing
Lists of and information about approved suppliers of private testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) – updated both lists of providers.
HOSPITALITY & LEISURE:
Check if you’re eligible for the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs
The Christmas Support Payment (CSP) supports wet-led pubs that have been severely impacted over the Christmas period due to temporary local restrictions.
The deadline for applications for the Christmas Support Payment has been extended to 28 February 2021.
Eat Out to Help Out statistics – geographic breakdown
Eat Out to Help Out scheme statistics generated from HMRC claims data.
These figures show local authority and parliamentary constituency data for the UK, with separate insets showing London and Orkney & Shetland Islands.
HMCTS weekly operational summary on courts and tribunals during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
This page provides a weekly summary of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service operational position during the coronavirus pandemic. We will aim to update this every Friday at 5pm.
HMCTS online event, 21 January 2021: Court safety for legal professionals
This event provides information on the arrangements in place at courts and tribunals to meet the Government’s COVID-secure requirements and Public Health guidelines.
Questions and answers published.
How HMRC works out trading profits and non-trading income for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
Find out how HMRC will work out your trading profits and non-trading income if you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) – claims for the third grant have now closed. The last date for making a claim for the third grant was 29 January 2021. Details about the fourth grant will be announced on 3 March 2021.
Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG), Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), Christmas Support Payment (CSP) for wet-led pubs: guidance for local authorities
This is guidance for local authorities on paying grants to support businesses during the November to December 2020 national lockdown and periods of local restrictions. The deadline for applications for the Christmas Support Payment for wet pubs has been extended to 28 February 2021.
Renters more likely than ever to remain in lettings sector
New research suggests even those renters who want to be owner occupiers are likely to remain in the lettings sector in the foreseeable future. The study by mortgage lender Vida says that two-thirds of Britain’s renting population aspire to own their own home, but a fifth of those find it harder than before to step onto the housing ladder because of Covid-19. The figures include a fifth of key workers that rent, who are now having to reconsider their plans to buy. More than a quarter of renters who have had to push back their hopes to buy say the virus has caused a fall in income which has made buying less likely.
Hint of a phasing out of Stamp Duty Holiday after parliamentary debate
The government is keeping everyone guessing about the stamp duty holiday but one comment by a senior minister suggests movement towards a ’phased finish’ rather than the hated cliff edge ending on March 31. Yesterday’s debate about an online petition with around 140,000 signatures to date was notable for the almost complete agreement of MPs from both the Conservative and Labour sides that an extension of some kind was necessary. MP after MP spoke about the importance for the wider economy of avoiding housing market instability, while many spoke of the circumstances of their constituents; there had been substantial industry lobbying and genuine public interest ahead of the debate.
Voids increase across the board but lettings market otherwise proving resilient
The latest market snapshot for the private lettings sector shows rents holding steady into 2021 but voids increasing across the board. The Goodlord Rental Index shows that the average void period for a rental property in England rose from 21 days in December – a month which saw a remarkably brisk market – to 24 days by late January, as lockdown restrictions and Christmas holidays created a lag on tenants finalising lets. The biggest change came in the North East, where voids jumped from 21 to 29 days. The East Midlands also saw a marked slowdown; voids increased from 20 to 26 days. Greater London, the South East, and North West all saw more modest increases of less than four days and the South West saw no change month on month.
Arcadia brands saved by ASOS
Online retailer ASOS has agreed to buy the Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge brands from Philip Green’s Arcadia group in a deal worth £295m. The deal does not include the bricks & mortar where £265m has been agreed for the brands and £30m for the remaining stock and puts around 2,500 jobs at risk. Fellow online fashion retailer Boohoo is believed to be in discussions for the Wallis and Dorothy Perkins brands.
Coronavirus: driver and rider trainer guidance
How driving instructors and motorcycle trainers should work safely during coronavirus (COVID-19), business support, and restrictions on driving lessons – added information and the rules about teaching mobile emergency workers with an emergency driving test booked in England and Wales. You cannot do this in Scotland.
Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)
UK government announced new rules on 27 January for outbound and inbound passengers. Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.
Ryanair boss forecasts strong return this summer
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair said he was optimistic that European holidays would be back on the agenda this summer, thanks to the vaccination programme. Mr O’Leary also admitted that the company was in the middle of a challenging year: in August 2019 the airline carried 31 million passengers but that figure dropped to just 7 million in August 2020. Ryanair have ordered 25 new aircraft and will expand its schedule to include routes left vacant by airlines no longer trading.
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
Media and Marketing:
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.