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14th September: Today’s latest coronavirus updates

Coronavirus Latest News Updates
Posted – 14 Sep 2021


Total UK Cases: 7,256,559 positive tests
Latest UK daily figure: 
30,825 new cases
Number in UK hospital: 
8,256 , 161 more than on previous day
New deaths across UK: 61
Total UK deaths: 134,261
England Cases per 100,000: 
R number in UK: 
0.9 to 1.1

Vaccine data:

Total 1st doses given: 48,439,272 – 89% of UK aged 16+
Total 2nd doses: 44,048,093 – 80%
Daily 1st doses: 14,955
Daily 2nd doses: 52,615

There have been more than 7 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and amore than 134,000 people have died, government figures show. However, these figures include only people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus. More than 92m vaccine doses have been received across the UK. 89% of people aged 16 and over have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and over 43 million, 80% aged 16 and over have had their second.

Latest Stockport data:

Total Stockport cases: 36,372 to 13 September
Cases in the latest week: 1,088, 44 fewer than previous week
Total deaths: 750 to August 27th
Cases per 100,000: 370 per 100,000 week ending 9 September
R number in North West: 0.9 – 1.1

Stockport vaccine data:                  

1st dose: 85% of over 16s to 12 September
2nd dose: 79%

The R value and growth rate
The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) – the R range for England is 0.9 to 1.1 and the growth rate range for England is -2% to +2% per day as of 03 September 2021.

Slides, datasets and transcripts to accompany coronavirus press conferences
Updated with slides to accompany coronavirus press conferences 


COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021
The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Autumn and Winter Plan 2021’ setting out plans for autumn and winter 2021/22 in England.
Over autumn and winter, the Government will aim to sustain the progress made and prepare the country for future challenges, while ensuring the National Health Service (NHS) does not come under unsustainable pressure.
The Government plans to achieve this by:
a. Building our defences through pharmaceutical interventions: vaccines, antivirals and disease modifying therapeutics.
b. Identifying and isolating positive cases to limit transmission: Test, Trace and Isolate.
c. Supporting the NHS and social care: managing pressures and recovering services.
d. Advising people on how to protect themselves and others: clear guidance and communications.
e. Pursuing an international approach: helping to vaccinate the world and managing risks at the border.

Plan A will be implemented. Plan B in England would only be enacted if the data suggests further measures are necessary to protect the NHS. The Government remains committed to doing whatever it takes to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed.

Prime Minister due to set out autumn and winter plan for covid
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out the government’s autumn and winter plan for managing covid at a press conference this afternoon. 

Job vacancies pass one million as economic recovery continues
Job vacancies have hit a record high as the economic recovery continues, according to official figures. The number of vacancies in the three months to August rose above one million for the first time since records began in 2001.

Figures also showed employee numbers were back at pre-Covid levels in August, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

August payrolls showed another monthly increase of 241,000 to 29.1 million.

Business groups said, however, despite the fact there is a huge amount of hiring going on, there is a risk of labour shortages dampening growth.

The ONS deputy statistician, Jonathan Athow, said: “Early estimates from payroll data suggest that in August the total number of employees is around the same level as before the pandemic, though our surveys show well over a million are still on furlough.”

Booster jab for over 50s expected to be confirmed
A UK-wide programme of booster jabs to tackle Covid will be confirmed later, the BBC understands. Ministers are expected to announce jabs for over-50s as part of a Covid winter plan, after advice from the JCVI. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the booster would be a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months after a second dose. The vaccines minister said the country was in a “very strong place” to begin a booster campaign this month.

Nadhim Zahawi told BBC Breakfast interim proposals published by the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) in June – which suggested jabs should go to the over-70s and those most at risk first, before expanding to all adults aged over 50 – had allowed the NHS to prepare.

Covid jab rollout for 12 to 15 olds to start in schools in England
All children aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid jab, Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi has said. Invitations for the jab will begin next week, the government said, and parental consent will be sought for the schools-based vaccination programme. It follows advice from the UK’s chief medical officers, who say the jab will help reduce disruption to education.

The UK’s four chief medical officers recommended the single dose for 12 to 15-year-olds – who are deemed at very low risk from the disease – saying factors such as disruption to education tipped the balance.

Universal vaccination of children and young people aged 12 to 15 years against COVID-19 – Letter from the UK Chief Medical Officers to the UK Health Ministers on COVID-19 vaccination of 12 to 15 year olds.


British Business Bank: North-west highest number of start up loans outside London The British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme has provided £600m worth of funding to firms outside of London. Start Up Loans has completed 68,559 loans to entrepreneurs outside of the capital since its launch in 2012. The North-West received the highest number of loans outside of London with a volume of 10,881 worth more than £94m. The South-East received 8,378 loans worth more than £81m, followed by Yorkshire & The Humber, where a total of 7,497 loans were provided at the value of £68m.

PROGRESS21 event to drive region’s economic recovery for jobs and business
On Thursday 23rd of September 2021 PROGRESS21, presented by the Business Growth Hub, is set to ignite career prospects, business opportunities and the region’s globa, ambition. The event is supported by a significant public, private and third sector partnership encompassing Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, GM Local Enterprise Partnership, business representatives and associated organisations along with local partners. The one-day event will focus on careers – a jobs fair plus; business – specialist insights and practical support to aid recovery and business growth and ways to promote the city-region on the global stage. 

MAG chief calls for amended traffic light system to secure sector recovery Manchester Airport is calling for the Government to introduce a simplified two-tier system for international travel, as fresh data revealed the UK aviation sector is slipping even further behind in its recovery. ONS data from June showed that aviation remains the worst hit UK sector, with activity still more than 90% down on pre-pandemic levels, compared to food and entertainment sectors which have seen a steady increase in business over recent months. Manchester Airports Group (MAG), the UK’s largest airport group which owns and operates Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports, reported that its passenger numbers for August were 68.1% down on the same month in 2019. Figures also showed that Manchester Airport served roughly 1.5 million passengers between June and August this year, which was only 16% of the almost 10 million passengers over the same period in 2019.

A new weekly Covid-19 vaccination clinic offers Stockport residents additional walk-in and booked appointments four days a week.
The Stockport pharmacy will run the vaccination clinic at Trinity Church on Bramhall Lane (SK3 8TP) 8am to 8pm on Thursdays and Fridays; 8am to 6pm on Saturdays; and 8am to 4pm on Sundays.

Kickstart Jobs Fair at Stockport Central Library
Stockport’s Central Library is to host a jobs fair, giving local employers the
opportunity to meet young jobseekers looking to Kickstart their career prospects.
The event takes place on Wednesday 22nd September from 12pm until 3pm, at Stockport’s Central Library on Wellington Road South in the town centre.

Stockport Employers and Exhibitors invited to attend virtual careers fair
Employers from across Stockport are invited to showcase their opportunities at an online Virtual Careers Fair & Exhibition for the borough’s young people.
The Virtual Careers Fair & Exhibition will be delivered between 11th and 15th October alongside a range of activities and resources in schools and colleges across Stockport.



August return to growth for Trainline as European rail travel demand resumes
Rail platform Trainline has announced a return to profitability in line with the easing of COVID restrictions. The firm’s UK business recovered to 95 per cent in Q2 compared with the same period two years ago and returned to growth in August. In addition, the firm has reported an accelerated shift to digital ticketing, with UK eticket penetration increasing to 40 per cent in Q2.

Kickstart Scheme for employers
Employers can apply for funding to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.  

Apply online for a Kickstart Scheme grant
If you’re an employer looking to create jobs for young people, you can apply online for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.


Mandatory full vaccinations for care home staff from 11th November
From 11 November 2021, anyone working or volunteering in a care home will need to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19), unless exempt. Thi smeand that a first dose of the vaccine must have been administered on or by September 16th Read the full guidance here


Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread
Find out how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

DVLA Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Find out the date of applications we are processing and how to access our online services.

COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people
Information for eligible children and young people on COVID-19 vaccination – added COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for eligible children and young people aged 12 to 17.

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.


Impact on school absence from COVID-19 vaccination of healthy 12 to 15 year old children
Scenario-based estimates of school absences due to COVID-19 infections in 12 to 15 year olds in England.

Education, schooling and health
Summary of the existing evidence of the health and wellbeing benefits of school-age education.


Kickstart Scheme for gateways
Kickstart gateways are organisations that help employers get funding to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.


Stockport’s Belle Vue coaches first to upgrade fleet with £350,000 from TfGM
An upgrade for 22 vehicles operated by bus and coach hire company Belle Vue Manchester is being carried out as part of the region’s move to become a Clean Air Zone. 
Over £120 million in government funding has been secured by the city-region to help operators upgrade to cleaner, compliant vehicles so they can travel in the Greater Manchester-wide zone without incurring the daily charge. Belle Vue was the first operator to apply for grants from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to meet the cost of retrofitting vehicles which required the work, and was the first to be made an offer of funding. 21 Scania double-deckers school buses and one Mercedes Tourismo coach operated by Belle Vue are being upgraded with new exhaust systems, at a total cost of £350,000.


The Canna model
Assessing the impact of NHS Test and Trace on COVID-19 transmission: June 2020 to April 2021.

Young people aged 12 to 15 to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine
People aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination programme
Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme – added COVID-19 vaccination: easy-read resources for children and young people.

COVID-19: impact on vaccination programmes
Reports assessing the impact of COVID-19-related physical distancing measures on delivery of childhood vaccination programmes in England.


UKHospitality comments on extension to debt protection
UKHospitality has welcomed the extension of debt protections to tenants which it has been working with the Government to achieve for some time. As well as the requested insolvency protections being granted, the news that there will be additional protections for non-rent debts will be particularly beneficial for beleaguered hospitality operators, giving some breathing space to negotiate with suppliers. It will also provide time to find an appropriate arbitration mechanism that delivers on the ‘sharing of pain’.


House price growth set to slow as Stamp Duty holiday ends
The property market is unlikely to enter a last-minute rush before the final stamp duty holiday ends in October, research claims. Analysis based on conveyancing quotes on Reallymoving.com suggested house prices are set to rise by just 0.7 per cent over the next three months with the strongest gains in October as the stamp duty holiday on purchases up to £250,000 ends. The research claims that house prices will dip marginally in September by 0.5 per cent as a result of deals agreed in June when buyers were forced to factor in the cost of paying stamp duty once again, constraining budgets. However, this dip was short-lived with prices agreed between buyers and seller rising again once the initial stamp duty holiday deadline passed in July.


JD Sports profits soar as post-lockdown demand rises
JD Sports has reported record first-half results, boosted by pent-up demand for sneakers and sportswear after UK stores reopened from lockdown. But the retailer said it was withholding its interim dividend and hinted instead at a “larger full year dividend”. The company warned that footfall remained weak in many countries and supply chain challenges prevented its businesses from meeting strong demand in some categories, including bikes and cycling-related accessories.

WHSmith investor increases stake ahead of optimistic travel growth
WHSmith’s biggest shareholder has increased its stake in the retailer in hopes of a recovery in international travel. Causeway Capital Management owns nine per cent after buying shares in the wake of a recent profit alert. The activist investor is now calling for a shake-up at Rolls-Royce after increasing its stake in WHSmith, but insisted it was supportive of management at the struggling high street chain.


How to get the NHS COVID Pass and demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) status when travelling abroad and domestically at events and venues in England.

Nearly half of travel staf still on furlough as scheme nears end
New figures show nearly half of all agents and operator staff were still on furlough over the summer peak, with thousands facing redundancy as the scheme ends. Latest government data shows 26,800 staff in travel agents or tour operators were still on furlough on 31 July, the highest rate of any industry except the aviation sector. Figures confirm 46% of agency and operator staff were on the Job Retention Scheme, compared to 51% in passenger air transport. The Job Retention Scheme ends on 30 September, with the travel sector having had no sector-specific support, unlike hospitality and leisure. The Travel Network Group is making a final plea to the government to consider sector support.

Covid-19 Webinars:

Remote education webinars
How to access school-led webinars on remote education to help share good practice – new dates for webinars for teachers added.

Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)
Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the?support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of?coronavirus. The YouTube video for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – Universal Credit and Child Benefit has been updated.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – How to make a claim:
This guides you through making a claim, including the essential information you need, what to do before you make your claim, calculating and processing your claim.
Choose a date and time

If you’ve missed any of HMRC’s live webinars, you can catch up  series of recorded webinars on HMRC’s YouTube channel – available at a time to suit you.

Brexit Webinars:

Exporting: Actions you need to take now: 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 – staged border controls, zero-rated VAT, customs declaration, using an intermediary as well as licences, certificates, and authorisations. Please register to take part if you’re planning to export.

Trader responsibilities when using an intermediary: You now need to complete import or export declarations to trade goods with the EU. These are complex and a lot of businesses choose to use an intermediary to do these for them. This webinar explains your responsibilities as a trader if you choose to use an intermediary. Please register to take part if you’re planning to import or export.

What are customs import declarations?: If you import goods, you now need to make customs import declarations on controlled goods and all goods by the end of June. This webinar will help you understand what they are in more detail. This includes what is needed for simplified declarations, supplementary declarations, how to make them, and delayed import declarations. Please register to take part if you’re planning to import.

Importing: Staged controls and how to prepare to use them: This webinar will walk 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.


Repayment period for Bounce Back Loans extended to ten years
Businesses 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.

Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Pay VAT deferred due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Find out how to pay VAT payments deferred between 20 March and 30 June 2020.

Report an outbreak of Coronavirus in Stockport:

Home workers can claim £26 tax relief for job expenses
If you’ve asked your employees to work from home, and you’ve not reimbursed them already, your employees may be entitled to claim tax relief on additional household expenses they’ve incurred, such as heating and lighting.

New hotline launched to report COVID fraudsters
A new hotline has been launched to stop fraudsters illegally targeting COVID stimulus schemes.

If you would like to register your interest in creating one or more Kickstart Job, please complete the Kickstart Employer Enquiry Form and a member of the Council’s Kickstart Team will contact you to explain more.

Kickstart Scheme
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.

Kickstart Scheme terms and conditions
Kickstart Scheme terms and conditions for employers and gateways receiving the Kickstart Scheme grant from the Department for Work and Pensions.

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.

Apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant: 30 or more job placements
If you are an employer looking to create 30 or more jobs placements for young people, apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

Apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant: 29 or less job placements
If you are an employer looking to create 29 or less jobs placements for young people, apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

Visit the Stockport Council website to report details of any outbreaks online.  

Opening times for Stockport Council Coronavirus Helpline
The helpline for vulnerable people across Stockport can now be accessed through new opening times by calling 0161 217 6046:
• Monday – Thursday from 9am to 5pm
• Friday from 9am to 4.30pm
• Saturdays from 10am to 1pm
At busy times, residents are automatically offered a call-back from one of our call handlers.

New tools and 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.

Business Support in Stockport – a centre pool of information to support business owners in Stockport:

Government – Guidance on Returning to Work safely

Stockport Council’s FREE job matching website helps support employers with vacancies and individuals across the Stockport borough who are looking for work. The service, Stockport Jobs Match, will help to connect employers who have urgent temporary or permanent vacancies with applicants who are immediately available and in need of employment. The website also helps signpost individuals to available support services and information. www.stockport-jobsmatch.co.uk

Stockport Council – Health & Mental Well-being https://www.stockport.gov.uk/showcase/coronavirus 

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 – IT safety support:
Government Warnings Over Coronavirus Scams – Here’s How to Protect Yourself

Government – Financial Support: 
HMRC has published guidance on how it will work out income and profits for the self-employed or those in a partnership who have lost profits due to coronavirus. 

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

Government – Business Support:

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

Business Growth Hub:
www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus  https://www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus/resources/2020/03/coronavirus-business-support-webinar-series

Employment – Useful information for the Self-Employed:

News and Guidance for the self-employed:
Concerned how Coronavirus might impact you and your business?
Please get in touch with Enterprising You and you will be connected to someone who can help.

You can also access information and guidance including the latest Government updates via www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus

Can you claim back Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay in the Rebate Scheme
From Tuesday 26 May 2020, small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, will be able to apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees. Health updates:

Health – updates from NHS

Health – Dedicated helpline to support vulnerable residents in Stockport:
Support can be accessed by calling 0161 217 6046 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

Health – Dedicated health & wellbeing services:
24/7 mental health helpline & safe haven for anyone over the age of 18 in Stockport (0800 138 7276).

Health – An Emotional Wellbeing Hub which provides information, advice, and guidance for anyone up to the age of 25 for emotional wellbeing and mental health concerns. 0161 217 6028 – 8.30am-5pm Mon – Thurs 8.30am-4.30pm on Friday. 

Community – Guidance for businesses seeking to help voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
How businesses can offer services, funds and volunteers to civil society during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Find out more information here.



    Total visits this period:


    Busiest time of the day:

    12.00 - 13.00

    Average dwell time:

    141 mins

    Average visits per day:


    (Provided by Sept 2021 research)