- The number of deaths involving COVID-19 registered in England and Wales in the week ending 26 June 2020 (Week 26) was 606 (6.7% of all deaths in that week). Analysis | Data
- The percentage of adults in Great Britain worried about the effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on their life was 69% between 2 and 5 July 2020. Analysis | Data
- The percentage of businesses that had been trading for more than the previous two weeks was 85% between 30 June and 7 July 2020 (a further 4% had restarted in the last two weeks, 11% remained temporarily closed). Analysis | Data
- The estimated number of people with COVID-19 in the community in England was 14,000 at any given time between 22 June and 5 July 2020 (1 in 3,900 of the community population). Analysis | Data
- Monthly gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 20.4% in April 2020 (the largest fall since the series began in 1997). Analysis | Data
- The average number of hours worked per week was 29.1 in February to April 2020 (the first time the average has dropped below 30 hours since the series began in 1992). Analysis | Data
- The volume of retail sales increased by 12.0% in May 2020 (sales remained 13.1% down on February 2020). Analysis | Data
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10 July 2020
Homeless deaths involving COVID-19
Up to 26 June 2020, 16 deaths involving COVID-19 have been identified as people who were homeless. These were all in England; there were none in Wales.
Most of the deaths were men, with an average age of 58 years. This is considerably lower than the average age of death of people involving COVID-19 in the general population, but higher than the average age of death of men who were homeless in 2018 (which was 45 years).
London and the North West had the highest number of deaths of homeless people. This is consistent with the number of deaths from all causes of people who were homeless in each region in 2018 (the most recent figures available). There is a lag in the production of official estimates of deaths of homeless people because many of the deaths are investigated by the coroner.
In 2018, there were 541 deaths of homeless people identified in England and Wales. The number of deaths involving COVID-19 up to 26 June 2020 is similar in scale to the quarterly average over five years of both alcohol-specified deaths and suicides of homeless people.
10 July 2020
"Staycation" likely for a quarter of adults this summer
A quarter of adults say they were likely or very likely to go on holiday in the UK this summer, according to latest data from our Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN).
Lockdown restrictions have been gradually lifting across the UK, prompting the question whether people would take a holiday; just 9% said they were likely or very likely to go on holiday abroad this summer.
With the easing of restrictions on eating out, 21% of those asked said they would be comfortable or very comfortable to eat indoors at a restaurant compared to 6 in 10 (60%) who said they would be uncomfortable or very uncomfortable.
People aged 70 and older were the most cautious; 66% said they would be uncomfortable or very uncomfortable in eating indoors at a restaurant.
People were also asked how comfortable they would be to visit the cinema and 13% said they would be comfortable or very comfortable to visit the cinema, compared to 70% who said they would be uncomfortable or very uncomfortable.
9 July 2020
COVID-19 Infection Survey
Estimates suggest a declining number of people in the community population in England have the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Our latest estimates for 22 June and 5 July 2020 say an average of 14,000 people, excluding those in hospitals, care homes or other institutional settings, in England had COVID-19.
This equated to 0.03% and around one in 3,900 people.
In the period from 22 June to 5 July 2020, there were an estimated two new COVID-19 infections for every 10,000 individuals per week in the community population in England; this equates to an estimated 1,700 new cases per day.
When analysing data for the four most recent non-overlapping 14-day periods, these estimates suggest the percentage testing positive has decreased over time since 27 April, and this downward trend appears to have now levelled off.
9 July 2020
Levels of caring for others have risen during lockdown
More people provided help or support to people they don’t live with in April 2020 (the first full month of lockdown), compared with 2017 to 2018. At the same time, levels of poor mental health have risen across both people who provide help or support outside their household and those who do not.
This is according to the Understanding Society Covid-19 Study, which looks at the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and lockdown on the UK population.
In April 2020, almost half (48%) of people in the UK said they provided help or support to someone outside their household. That’s over four times as many as during 2017 to 2018 (11%) (although the data are not directly comparable because the question asked on the two surveys was not exactly the same).
Of those providing help or support to someone outside their household, 32% were helping people who they didn’t help or support before lockdown.
Some of the people who are providing help or support are known as sandwich carers. They are helping, supporting or caring for older relatives as well as children. For sandwich carers who reported being employed through the pandemic, 17% reported working fewer hours due to childcare or informal caring responsibilities during lockdown.
The study also shows that reported levels of poor mental health have increased. This is the same whether people provide help or support for others outside their household or not.
The largest rise in levels of reported poor mental health was for women who provide help or support to people outside their household.
9 July 2020
Safety measures increase businesses’ operating costs
Of UK businesses continuing to trade with safety measures in place, 73% reported that the implementation of such measures increased their operating costs.
According to initial results from Wave 8 of the Business Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Survey (BICS), covering the period from 15 to 28 June 2020 , most businesses said implementing safety measures had increased their costs, either substantially (11%) or a little (62%).
Almost 14% of businesses reported operating costs unchanged as a result of coronavirus safety measures, while 3% said safety measures had brought operating costs down a little.
9 July 2020
High street footfall increases as pubs reopen
Figures from Springboard, a provider of data on customer activity, showed a moderate increase in footfall on the high street between 28 June and 5 July, from under 40% to around 50% of its level on the same time last year.
This growth was mostly led by an increase in footfall on high streets in the last two days of the week; on 4 July, pubs, hairdressers and other hospitality businesses in England and Northern Ireland were allowed to open for the first time since March, while adhering to social distancing measures and other safety guidance.
Footfall in shopping centres increased slightly.
8 July 2020
Homeworking in April 2020
Nearly half (46.6%) of people aged over 16 in employment in the UK did some work from home in April 2020, with 86.0% of those who worked from home doing so because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Women were slightly more likely to work from home than men, and workers aged 25 to 34 years were most likely to work from home at 54.3%. Regionally, workers living in London were most likely to work from home at 57.2%.
Data from 2019 (before the pandemic) showed that less than 30% of the workforce had ever worked from home in their current job, although these figures are taken from a different source so are not directly comparable.
The April figures are the first experimental statistics from our new online Labour Market Survey (LMS) launched at the end of March 2020, a survey of around 18,000 households per quarter.
The LMS is designed to collect similar data to our Labour Force Survey (LFS), but mainly online rather than over the phone or face-to-face interviews. The LFS remains the official source of our headline labour market statistics.
8 July 2020
Labour market, businesses and trade
The latest Economic review includes three articles analysing the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the labour market, businesses and trade.
Early insights of how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic impacted the labour market provides additional analysis on the labour market figures to what was covered in the Labour market overview for June 2020.
The ratio of unemployment to vacancies increased between January and April 2020, indicating growing imbalance between labour supply and labour demand; the increase was driven more by falling demand for labour than by increasing supply.
Business closures and restrictions to non-essential travel caused labour demand to fall, with a large decrease to the number of vacancies.
Insights of the Business Impact of Coronavirus Survey: Wave 2 to Wave 7 provides insights to show how businesses and the economy have evolved so far in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fewer businesses are reporting lower-than-normal levels of turnover in the latest fortnightly wave than at the height of restrictions in place in April and May. More businesses have reported a pickup in turnover levels in the most recent two-week period, 1 June to 14 June 2020.
The proportion of businesses’ workforce size that has been furloughed has remained fairly stable, with a slight drop in the most recent fortnight.
Impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on UK trade provides additional analysis on the figures for UK trade: April 2020 of both goods and services, which saw notable falls in both exports and imports in the three months to April 2020.
The largest impacts to exporting and importing of businesses were seen in transportation and storage, retail and wholesale, and manufacturing industries, with the biggest challenges faced by businesses being coronavirus-related transport restrictions and increased transportation costs.
7 July 2020
Deaths involving COVID-19
Up to 26 June 2020, there were 50,000 deaths registered in England and Wales involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) (27,533 men and 22,467 women).
The majority of deaths involving COVID-19 have been among people aged 65 years and over (44,665 out of 50,000).
Our data are based on deaths registered in England and Wales and include all deaths where “COVID-19” was mentioned on death certificates. We have published a summary of where you can find data on COVID-19 infection rates and deaths for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The total number of deaths in the week ending 26 June 2020 (Week 26) was 8,979, the lowest of the year to date and below the five-year average for the second week running.
Private homes was the only setting to record any excess deaths (deaths above the five-year average). Care homes, hospitals and other communal establishments recorded fewer deaths than the average for this time of year.
Deaths were below the five-year average in all settings apart from private homes in the week ending 26 June 2020
Number of excess deaths by place of death between Week 11 and Week 26 of 2020, England and Wales
7 July 2020
Characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19
Emerging evidence suggests that infection rates for COVID-19 are lower in two-person households than in larger households.
Our analysis looks at the potential risk factors associated with those who have ever tested positive for COVID-19 during the period 26 April to 27 June 2020.
It examines whether there is any evidence of differences in infection rates for the following characteristics:
- age, sex and ethnicity
- among workers
- household size
- those who had contact with others.
There are many factors that could drive differences in the number of people ever testing positive for COVID-19 by household size.
These include secondary transmission of infection within households, different household structures and households having different contact patterns with people outside of the household.
7 July 2020
In Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2020, the UK’s headline measure of labour productivity, output per hour, fell by 0.6% compared with the same quarter a year ago. However, output per worker fell by 3.1% over the same period, reflecting the impact of “furlough” schemes that significantly reduced the number of hours worked, while the number of workers in the economy remained more stable.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced employers and staff to adjust to new working schedules and arrangements, such as working from home, which can affect productivity in different ways.
While output per hour and output per worker are usually closely aligned, we found the government’s furlough scheme has caused employment to stay in line with pre-pandemic levels, whereas hours worked has fallen.
Meanwhile, another measure of productivity, multi-factor productivity, is estimated to have decreased by 2.6% compared with the same quarter a year ago, the lowest growth rate in 11 years. Multi-factor productivity is a measure that takes into account changes to equipment like machinery and software, as well as changes in the characteristics of the labour market. It does not cover the public sector.
While these productivity figures only cover the first week or so of lockdown measures being introduced, we expect further impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on labour market productivity to be revealed in data for the following quarter.
6 July 2020
Map of over 70s living with younger people
More than 85% of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 19 June 2020 that mentioned the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the death certificate are for someone aged 70 years or over.
While people in this age group can socially distance to avoid infection, those who live in households with people who are of working age or children may face a greater challenge as parts of the UK emerge from lockdown at different paces.
This challenge to protect more vulnerable members of the households from COVID-19, such as those aged 70 years and older, may become more difficult as younger household members return to work and resume their studies.
Find out how many households in your local area contain people aged 70 years or older living with those aged 60 years or under
Percentage and number of households in a Lower layer Super Output Area (LSOA) where there is someone over 70 years living with someone aged 60 years or under, England and Wales
User requested data
We have been responding to data requests from the public, media and government during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Responses are published in our list of user requested data.
Our subnational data page offers advice to anyone doing their own analysis on the impact of the coronavirus. It contains useful links to geographic boundaries and datasets such as population by local area.