Latest UK data:
Positive tests: 1,410,732 have tested positive (+ 20,051 new cases)
Loss of life: *52,745 across all settings (+ 598 in last 24 hours)
Cases in Cheshire East: 7,920 confirmed since start of the pandemic, + 959 in the 7 days to 12th November
*Daily reported COVID deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the first laboratory-confirmed positive COVID test
The R number and growth rate in the UK
The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK.
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.
Full list of local COVID alert levels by area
The areas in England listed as local COVID alert level high and local COVID alert level very high.
Businesses in England to receive £2.2 billion to see them through national restrictions
Significant grant funding for businesses to be delivered via local authorities across England. Small businesses in England will receive a significant £2.2 billion from the government to help them through the current period of national restrictions.
Businesses will benefit from 2 grant schemes: one for businesses that have had to close, and another scheme for further business support as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, helping support people’s jobs and livelihoods and protect communities. Money was transferred to councils in England on 13 November.
- The average number of new cases each day is now 25,329 up from 22,443 last week.
- There are today 14,915 COVID-19 patients in hospital across the UK, compared to 13,025 a week ago.
- Yesterday 168 deaths were reported. This means that in the last week we’ve seen an average of 413 deaths, up from 332 a day a week ago.
- NHS will have a network of 40 long COVID clinics right across England in place by the end of the month.
- current testing capacity of more than half a million a day
- two new mega labs, which will open early in the new year will add another 600,000 capacity to our daily capacity, that doubles the current capacity and will create 4,000 jobs.
- Over the last week we have delivered more than 3 million tests to NHS staff, to begin their regular bi-weekly testing.
- 83 local authorities have now signed up to receive regular batches of these new lateral flow tests, which can allow for results in minutes.
- Janssen’s Phase 3 clinical trials are beginning today in 17 sites across the country, including Southampton, Dundee, Cardiff and Belfast. It’s the third vaccine to enter clinical trials here and should the trials come good, and that is by no means certain, and it can be proved to be safe and effective. We have 30 million doses on order by the middle of next year.
- we have today secured an initial agreement for 5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine.
Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 16 November 2020
BBC: Ministers want greater consistency in tier system
The government is seeking “greater consistency” as it prepares to reintroduce England’s regional Covid tier system next month, the communities secretary has said. Robert Jenrick said ministers are reviewing the measures in each tier. He said he expects a conclusion to be reached “within the next week or so”. It comes after a senior government adviser said the three-tier system used in England before the lockdown may need strengthening. The government hopes to introduce tiers again when the national lockdown ends on 2 December.
Janssen to begin Covid-19 vaccine trials in the UK
Pharmaceutical company to begin trials of UK vaccine from 16 November
UK government’s response to Moderna’s publication of efficacy data for its COVID-19 vaccine
Biotech company Moderna has published positive efficacy results from its Phase 3 studies of its potential COVID-19 vaccine.
Government secures 5 million doses of Moderna vaccine
Vaccine could be delivered to the UK from Spring 2021.
Royal Mail to collect COVID-19 test kits 7 days a week
Royal Mail is introducing a weekend extension for some priority post boxes from 21 November.
Pilot for family members to get regular testing for safer care home visits
Named family and friends may soon be able to regularly visit loved ones in care homes as a new testing pilot is launched.
Graphic courtesy of BBC
National Restrictions Poster
Graphical poster displaying information about the national restrictions in England.
LOCAL / REGIONAL NEWS & UPDATES:
ICAEW reports demand concerns for over half of North-west businesses
Businesses in the region predicted sales performance would improve over the next 12 months, although gains may be vulnerable to any future lockdowns.
Council sees rise in illegal and anti-social parking during lockdown 2
Cheshire East Council has seen a rise in illegal and anti-social parking during the second lockdown.
Bin collections to continue in lockdown with new Christmas collection dates advised
Despite the latest lockdown restrictions, waste and recycling collections are not affected, we will endeavour to continue to deliver a full service across the borough, including the fulfilment of our 2020 Christmas bin collection schedule.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
Check if you can claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave (‘furlough’) due to coronavirus (COVID-19) – added information relating to employer information that HMRC will make public.
Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Find out which employees you can put on furlough and claim for through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – changed language to make it clear that for claim periods starting on or after 1 December 2020 you cannot claim for any days on or after 1 December 2020 during which the furloughed employee was serving a contractual or statutory notice period. Also, minor corrections to section on maternity allowance have been made.
Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Find out if you’re eligible, and how much your employer can claim if they put you on temporary leave (‘furlough’) because of coronavirus (COVID-19) – changed language to make it clear that for claim periods starting on or after 1 December 2020, you cannot claim for any days on or after 1 December 2020 during which the furloughed employee was serving a contractual or statutory notice period. Also, minor corrections have been made to the section on maternity allowance.
Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Claim for some of your employee’s wages if you have put them on furlough or flexible furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19) – information relating to claim period deadlines and timings has been clarified.
Steps to take before calculating your claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Find out what steps you need to take before you calculate how much you can claim for furloughed and flexibly furloughed employees – information relating to claim period deadlines and timings has been clarified.
Treasury Direction made under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020
Treasury Direction in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Job Retention Bonus – updated with Treasury Direction made under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 in relation to the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
As national restrictions return, it’s a good time to check the potential impact on the mental health of your employees. The Business Growth Company’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources Pack can provide advice and guidance during this challenging time.
HMRC webinars for CJRS and Statutory Sick Pay Scheme
You can now claim for periods starting 1 November under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which is running until the end of March for all parts of the UK. You will still need to submit all final claims for periods up to 31??? ?October on or before?3????0 November. Make sure you have the latest information by joining the live Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme webinar, which includes:
- who can claim
- who you can claim for
- how to calculate what you can claim
- how to make a claim for all periods.
HMRC will continue to update our webinars to reflect the latest information as it becomes available. Register here
HMRC are also running monthly webinars on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme. Get the latest information on:
- who can claim
- who you can claim for
- how to make a claim
- what you may be entitled to, and more.
Register hereYou can ask questions during all our live webinars using the on-screen text box.
HMRC webinars are regularly updated to provide the latest government guidance on changes as they develop.
Government advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
This guidance applies to people moving into homes in England, whether as owner-occupiers, private or social renters.
Guidance updated to reflect new national restrictions in England from 5 November.
Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19)
This guidance aims to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic
Coronavirus: driving theory tests
Find out how theory tests are affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) and what changes to expect when you take your theory test – updated to clarify that national restrictions in England apply up to and including Wednesday 2 December 2020.
Coronavirus: driving tests
Find out how driving tests are affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) and what changes to expect when you take your driving test – updated to clarify that national restrictions in England apply up to and including Wednesday 2 December 2020.
COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities
Guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to the construction sector, November 2020
Business secretary Alok Sharma has paid tribute to the construction industry for playing its part in keeping the economy ticking through the pandemic.
In an open letter addressed to all in construction, Sharma praises the industry for rapidly delivering emergency hospital capacity, keeping vital public services going and speeding up the delivery of infrastructure schemes.
“Whether working on large or small construction sites, in peoples’ homes across the country, in builders’ merchants, designing and project managing schemes or producing construction and mineral products, you are making an invaluable contribution in supporting the economy,” he writes.
Read the full letter at Construction Enquirer
Call for more powers over home education
Schools should be forced to share attendance registers with councils in a bid to keep track of the increasing numbers of children being home schooled, the Local Government Association has said. A report published by the LGA today, Children Missing in Schools, warns as many as a million children could be missing out on a formal full time education, although it is difficult to be certain due to a “distinct paucity of any comprehensive, reliable data”. It says Coronavirus has accelerated an existing increase in numbers of children being home educated, with some councils seeing rises of 200% at the start of the new school year. In Kent, there were 599 new home education registrations in September this year, up from 210 in the same month last year, a rise of 180%. Leeds City Council received 78 registrations in the first three weeks of September, a rise of 144% on the previous year.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT)
Information for providers about managing initial teacher training courses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) – updated ‘Sufficient time in school to demonstrate the teachers’ standards’ section and added a new section for ‘Remote observations and moderation’.
Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses
How higher education (HE) providers can minimise risk, and information about NHS test and trace channels – updated the ‘International students’ section of the Higher education: new national restrictions guidance.
Cohort pool testing for coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information on pooled testing for universities taking part in the pooled testing pilot.
SPI-B/DfE: COVID-19: Benefits of remaining in education – evidence and considerations, 4 November 2020
Paper prepared by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B) and the Department for Education (DfE).
Education and childcare settings: national restrictions from 5 November 2020
How national restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) impact education, childcare and children’s social care settings.
Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Guidance for schools and local authorities on school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Data on COVID-19 visits: schools
Data about Ofsted’s visits to schools during the interim phase of our return to inspection.
PPE portal: how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE)
Eligible health and social care providers can order PPE through the portal to meet the increased need that has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – updated order limits for domiciliary care providers and children’s residential special schools.
Letter from Glenys Stacey to Gavin Williamson, 13 November 2020
Ofqual’s Chief Regulator writes to the Secretary of State about the flexibility of approaches for assessing vocational & technical qualifications.
Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 12 November 2020
A summary of attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March and early years settings since Thursday 16 April 2020.
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.
Coronavirus: Environment Agency update
The Environment Agency’s priority is to protect people and the environment, and to support those we regulate during the coronavirus pandemic – updated waterways section in line with current guidance.
HEALTH, CARE & WELLBEING:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Social distancing
Information on social distancing
£12.2 million boost for genomic surveillance to help stop transmission of COVID-19
The COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium will use the funding to expand whole genome sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Two new megalabs to open in 2021 to transform the UK’s diagnostic facilities
The labs in Leamington Spa and Scotland will add 600,000 to the UK’s daily testing capacity when operating at full capacity, meaning faster turnaround times for test results.
SPI-M-O: COVID-19: Possible scenarios for the coming months, 28 October 2020
Paper prepared by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling, Operational sub-group (SPI-M-O).
Roll out of lateral flow tests to local authorities
A list of local authorities across England issued with rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) tests by the Department of Health and Social Care, including Stockport
Stopping movement of staff between care settings
The Government wants your views on plans to minimise the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections by making residential and nursing care home providers restrict the movement of care staff.
Designated settings scheme: letters to directors of adult social services
The letters set out arrangements for the designated settings scheme for people discharged to a care home with a positive COVID-19 test.
COVID-19: background information
Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features – updated global case numbers.
Potential trajectories for COVID-19 in the next 6 months, 29 October 2020
Paper prepared by academics and considered by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
TFC: Children and transmission, 4 November 2020
Paper prepared by the Children’s Task and Finish Group (TFC) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
Personal protective equipment (PPE): local contacts for care providers
A list of local contacts for care providers who are not on the PPE portal. Providers can get PPE through their local authority or local resilience forum.
PPE deliveries (England): 9 November to 15 November 2020
Experimental statistics showing the latest number of personal protective equipment (PPE) items distributed for use by health and social care services in England.
COVID-19: geographical allocation of positive cases
Statement on the geographical allocation of positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
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 – update for week commencing Monday 16 November 2020 published.
HMCTS telephone and video hearings during coronavirus outbreak
Information about how HMCTS will use telephone and video technology during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Local authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies
Guidance for local authorities on how to use your allocation of the Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies – change to Contact us section for Local authorities and members of the public.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children’s social care services
Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities and their partners to help support and protect vulnerable children.
Roll out of lateral flow tests to local authorities
A list of local authorities across England issued with rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) tests by the Department of Health and Social Care.
COVID-19: comparison of geographic allocation of cases in England by lower tier local authority
Side-by-side comparison of COVID-19 cases by lower tier local authority and specimen date, based on previous and updated geographic allocation methodologies.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to the manufacturing sector, November 2020
Letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to those in the manufacturing industry and its supply chain.
COVID Support Force: the MOD’s continued contribution to the coronavirus response
Military personnel are supporting public services across the UK to assist with the response to COVID-19. This page has the latest information on the MOD’s activities – updated: the MOD’s continued contribution to the coronavirus response page as of 13 November 2020.
Veteran community response to COVID-19 support
This page contains examples of how the UK’s veteran population mobilised to support their community as well as frontline services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What lessons did agents learn from the first lockdown?
The second England-wide lockdown is here. The good news is that this time round, the property market remains open for business, but sales and letting agents – like every other business in the country – need to go one step further to stay one step ahead. Once hearsay had been replaced by the government’s official confirmation of Lockdown 2, here at Sprift we spoke to a handful of our 3,000 agency clients to ask them for advice to help their industry colleagues swim against the tide: Read on here
Severe arrears now just cause for bailiff-enforced evictions
There’s been a further tweak to the eviction controls introduced in England for the duration of the lockdown, lasting until December 2. There has been substantial publicity for what is effectively a ban on evictions, which followed a letter from government to bailiff authorities asking them not to enforce possession cases during the lockdown. But from today possession cases with severe rent arrears WILL be exempt from the effective ban; this means that bailiffs and High Court Enforcement Officers can move to enforce warrants and complete evictions. However, this will only apply to cases where the equivalent of nine months’ rent arrears had been built up before March 23 this year, when the UK went into national lockdown.
Insider: Greggs confirm 820 redundancies
Greggs is set to cut more than 800 jobs in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. A statement from chief executive Roger Whiteside on an employee information site said “recent weeks have been particularly difficult” across the Greggs business. The company has confirmed 820 redundancies following a consultation but said “several counter proposals” had been accepted which “have helped save jobs”. Whiteside’s statement added: “Covid trading conditions have forced this action onto our business and we are all very saddened by the need to part company with around 820 friends and colleagues, many of whom have worked with us for many years. Whilst we are sad to see this number of people leave us, we are grateful to our colleagues in our shops who have been prepared to accept a reduction in their contract hours to minimise the need for further redundancies.”
Coronavirus: driver and rider trainer guidance
Guidance for driving instructors and motorcycle trainers about the restart of driver and rider training and tests, including working safely – updated to clarify that national restrictions in England apply up to and including Wednesday 2 December 2020.
Union connectivity review: call for evidence
Invites responses to an independent review, led by Sir Peter Hendy, on how transport can support economic growth and quality of life across the UK.
The airline posted a loss of £1.27bn for the year to 30 September as revenues more than halved. EasyJet added that it expected to fly at just 20% of normal capacity into next year. The pandemic has hit airlines hard, with lockdowns and restrictions cutting the number of people travelling. However, EasyJet welcomed the possibility of a Covid-19 vaccine being rolled out, and said underlying demand was strong for air travel. Chief executive Johan Lundgren told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme said that the recent developments on Covid vaccines “certainly is good news, because we know that is going to be a very critical part of the recovery”.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors
List of countries, territories and regions from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate. Bahrain, Cambodia, Chile, Iceland, Laos, Qatar, UAE and Turks and Caicos Islands added to the list 4am 14 November. Greece, except the islands of Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos removed from the list 4am 14 November.
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.