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20th July: Today’s latest coronavirus updates

CORONAVIRUS LATEST UPDATES
Posted – 20 Jul 2021

UK STATISTICS

Total UK Cases: 5,433,939 positive tests
Latest UK daily figure: 
48,161 new cases
Number in UK hospital: 
3,964, +163 on previous day
New deaths across UK: 25
Total UK deaths: 128,708
England Cases per 100,000: 
321
R number in UK: 
1.2 to 1.4

Vaccine data:

Total 1st doses given: 46,295,853
Total 2nd doses: 35,970,849
Daily 1st doses: 67,217
Daily 2nd doses: 225,214

There have been more than 5.4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 128,500 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 46 million people in the UK have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and over 35 million people have also had their second vaccine.

Latest Stockport data:

Total Stockport cases: 27,291 to 16 July
Cases in the latest week: 1,344, up 261 on previous week
Total deaths: 728 to July 2nd
Cases per 100,000: 458 per 100,000 week ending 12 July
R number in North West: 1.1 – 1.3

Stockport vaccine data:                  

1st dose: 84% of adults to 14 July
2nd dose: 66%

The R value and growth rate in England
The R range for England is 1.1 to 1.3 and the growth rate range for England is +3% to +6% per day as of 2 July 2021.  Following the announcement of plans to ease of lockdown, the roadmap can be found in full here.   

Slides, datasets and transcripts to accompany coronavirus press conferences

UK NEWS UPDATES: 

Global shares slide amid worries of Covid economic recovery
Stock markets across the UK, Europe and the US dropped sharply on Monday on fears that rising numbers of Covid cases will hamper economic recovery.

London’s FTSE 100 fell 2.6% to below the 7,000 level, led by broadcaster ITV and British Airways-owner IAG. In New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled by more than 2% while major share indexes in France and Germany also fell.

In England, most remaining Covid restrictions were lifted on Monday.

Businesses in the UK have described how they are cutting opening hours, closing shops or may have to reduce production as employees are forced to self-isolate after being alerted by the NHS Covid-19 app.

Double vaccine passport required for large gatherings from September
People attending nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather in England will need to be fully vaccinated from the end of September, the government says.

Latest figures show 35% of 18 to 30-year-olds have not had their first jab.

Currently nightclubs and other crowded venues are only encouraged to ask clubbers to show proof of vaccination, a negative test result or immunity.

But Boris Johnson said he was concerned by the continuing risk of transmission.

The announcement came on the day nightclubs in England were allowed to reopen after 16 months of closure.

Thousands of under 18s to get vaccine
Children over 12 who are at higher risk of getting ill if they catch Covid will be offered the jab, the vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has confirmed. But the vast majority of children in the UK, who are low risk, will not be offered the vaccine for now.

However, some healthy children over 12 who live with other vulnerable people can have the vaccine, as well as those on the cusp of turning 18. It means, overall, around 370,000 children will be eligible. The UK is in marked contrast with other countries – such as the US and Canada – which have mass vaccinated children aged 12 to 17.

Isolation rules loosened for critical workers
Some fully vaccinated people in critical roles in England will be able to continue working even if told to self-isolate after being in close contact with someone who has Covid. Instead, those eligible – including NHS and care staff – will be able to take daily tests, the government said. The new rule was announced as most remaining curbs in England ended on Monday, including face mask laws. It follows mounting criticism of the impact of self-isolation on industry.

PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 19 July 2021
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

Minister Nadhim Zahawi Oral Statement on step 4 of the road map
The Vaccine Minister set out self isolation exemptions for those in critical roles, JCVI advice on vaccination for children and upcoming rules for nightclubs

Heat-health alert issued by Public Health England
Public Health England has today issued a heat-health alert as the Met Office forecasts high temperatures for the coming days.

Slides and datasets to accompany coronavirus press conference: 19 July 2021
Slides presented at the coronavirus press conference on 19 July 2021.

COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people aged 12 to 17 years: JCVI statement
Statement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people aged 12 to 17 years

Fully vaccinated critical workers to be able to leave self-isolation in exceptional circumstances
Fully vaccinated critical workers to be able to leave self-isolation in exceptional circumstances under new plans to prevent serious disruption to vital public services.

REGIONAL & LOCAL NEWS:   

93% of Greater Manchester businesses diversified during pandemic
According to research from telecoms provider TalkTalk, 93% of businesses in Greater Manchester have diversified their products and services in response to the coronavirus pandemic. TalkTalk’s research, released as the government ends Covid-19 related restrictions, reveals how businesses across the city-region have responded to the challenging economic conditions of the pandemic; almost three-quarters of business owners believe their organisations would not have survived the pandemic without reviewing their business models.

Five further airlines are set to begin flying from Terminal Two following Manchester Airport’s significant refurbishment and extension of its facilities.

Travellers to more destinations will join Jet2.com, TUI and Singapore Airlines passengers who began flying from the new-look Terminal Two last week. Jet2.com commenced flights on 14th July, followed by TUI on the 15th, with Singapore Airlines first flight taking off on Saturday 17th, continuing 30 years of connecting the North of England with the Far East via the carrier’s Changi Airport.

They are joined by Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Brussels Airlines from 20th July. airBaltic, which began its first flights to Riga earlier this month, will join them on 21st July, followed by Ethiopian Airlines, who will begin flying from Terminal Two on 22nd July.

SECTOR SPECIFIC CORONAVIRUS-RELATED NEWS: 

BUSINESS:

Final Covid loans data reveals £80 billion of government support through the pandemic
Businesses were supported through the pandemic with nearly £80 billion of emergency government-backed loans, final figures published by HM Treasury today (6 July) reveal.

Understanding the business impacts of local and national restrictions: July 2021
Experimental estimates from the voluntary fortnightly business survey (BICS) on topics such as trading status, financial performance, workforce and business resilience. Geographical breakdowns include country, regional and local authority levels.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Safer public places – managing public outdoor settings
Guidance for local authorities, owners and operators to support the safe use and management of outdoor public places while the risk of COVID-19 transmission remains.

About the Upload a document to Companies House service
We’ve developed a service to upload certain Companies House forms digitally, instead of sending them to us on paper – a same day service is now available when sending your SH19 to us via our ‘Upload a document to Companies House’ service.

COMMUNITY:   

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments
Advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support – updated ‘Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: full guidance for people receiving direct payments and personal assistants’ in line with the lifting of most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 from 19 July 2021, as we move to Step 4 of the COVID-19 roadmap.  

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 – updated to reflect Step 4.

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

Short-term options for health, welfare and financial decisions
Find out about the ways people can make certain decisions for you or do certain things on your behalf – updating guidance to meet with current announcements including information on self isolation and pandemic measures

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.

EDUCATION & CHILDREN:  

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 – guidance has been updated to confirm the position on tracing close contacts from Step 4, to reinstate a section on residential provision that was removed from the previous version (there are no policy changes) and to update the name only of ‘Amendments from 24 September 2020 to existing regulations’ to ‘Amendments from 31 March 2021 to existing regulations’. We have also republished in HTML format and have removed advice that no longer applies.

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Guidance for parents and carers of children attending community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings – converted the guidance to HTML and updated the advice on CEV people to reflect that step 4 has taken place.  

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated

Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and college performance measures
Our approach to school and college accountability, performance tables and data during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – added ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and college accountability 2021/22’.

Higher education providers: coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance for higher education providers.

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak
Find out what you’ll need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to maintain provision – converted the previously published version from PDF to HTML format and made the following updates: refreshed the advice on CEV pupils, students and staff and provided a link to advice from DHSC, and made minor changes to reflect that Step 4 has taken place.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): assessment processes for selective school admissions
Guidance on entry testing for admission to state-funded selective schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

EVENTS & VENUES:     

Double vaccine passport required for large gatherings from September
People attending nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather in England will need to be fully vaccinated from the end of September, the government says.

Latest figures show 35% of 18 to 30-year-olds have not had their first jab.

Currently nightclubs and other crowded venues are only encouraged to ask clubbers to show proof of vaccination, a negative test result or immunity.

But Boris Johnson said he was concerned by the continuing risk of transmission.

The announcement came on the day nightclubs in England were allowed to reopen after 16 months of closure.

HEALTH & WELLBEING:   

COVID-19: guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable
Information for protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Making vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes
The government is seeking your views on a proposal to make COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes – added the ‘Statement of impact – The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021’.

Hospital discharge: leaflet for patients when they enter hospital
Leaflet given to patients when they are admitted to hospital to prepare them for discharge – updated tone of Hospital discharge information for patients entering hospital to highlight the benefits of early and safe discharge.

Every adult in UK offered COVID-19 vaccine
Both first and second dose vaccine targets for 19 July hit ahead of schedule

LEGAL:

Making and registering an LPA during the coronavirus outbreak
If you want to make an LPA now, you can as long as you follow government guidance – edited due to lifting of restrictions on 19 July

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Office of the Public Guardian response
This page provides guidance on how OPG is responding to the coronirus pandemic. – large-scale edit to reflect COVID-19 guidance changes on 19 July

Being a deputy or attorney during the coronavirus outbreak
Find out how you can continue to act in the best interests of the client or donor, during the pandemic – large-scale changes to reflect changes to government guidance on 19 July

LOCAL AUTHORITY:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): compulsory purchase guidance
In response to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), MHCLG has published guidance for acquiring authorities on compulsory purchase matters – updated to reflect the move to Step 4 of the roadmap.

PROPERTY:

Boots join John Lewis in entering the property sector
Boots is the latest company to dip its toe into the water of the property sector. Modular housing company ilke Homes has been selected by Boots to deliver a 622-home scheme at Beeston in Nottingham. The deal involves a 43-acre housing site close to Boots’ UK headquarters and is part of the wider 286-acre Nottingham Enterprise Zone. ilke Homes says it will create a ‘model village’ development of 505 houses and 117 flats. All the houses will be modular, with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of at least a ‘B’.

SCIENCE:

Regulatory approval of Vaxzevria (previously COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca)
Information for healthcare professionals and the public about Vaxzevria (previously COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca) – added Lay summary, Vaxzevria (previously COVID?19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, suspension for injection) COVID-19 Vaccine (ChAdOx1?S [recombinant])

Statement on offering COVID-19 vaccines to at-risk young people
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid accepts advice from Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to offer vaccines to vulnerable young people

TRAVEL:    

easyJet revenues take of with nealy 3000% increase as new flights launch
easyJet revealed today that revenues across the past quarter – to June 30 – have risen to £212.9m, up by 2,866 per cent compared to the same period last year, which saw revenues of £7.2m. The company said that the increase is due to the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, with capacity up by 17 per cent on last year. It has also launched a slew of new flights, with 12 new UK domestic routes added and around 30 other routes across Europe.

CORONAVIRUS GRANTS FOR BUSINESSES IN STOCKPORT:

Applications for the Economic Recovery Fund ARG Localities Grant closed 31st May

Discretionary Grants summary:

As at 15/07/2021

  • Received: 2,911
  • Processed: 2,911 (100%)
  • Grants Funding Issued: £10,843,331

Restart Grants summary:

Grant allocation: £14,652,603
Number of businesses eligible: 1,845
Number received a grant: 1,780
Total value of payments made: £12,667,488

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.

LATEST LINKS:

Stage four (19th July):

  • All legal limits on social contact will be removed
  • No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events
  • Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen

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:
https://www.stockport.gov.uk/coronavirus-in-stockport/report-a-coronavirus-outbreak

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.  
https://www.stockport.gov.uk/coronavirus-in-stockport/report-a-coronavirus-outbreak

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:
www.skbusinessrecovery.co.uk

Government – Guidance on Returning to Work safely
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

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:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

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:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

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
https://www.england.nhs.uk/news/

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.

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    LATEST TOWN CENTRE FOOTFALL

    Total visits this period:

    428,539

    Busiest time of the day:

    12.00 - 13.00

    Average dwell time:

    148 mins

    Average visits per day:

    13,823

    (Provided by July 2021 research)