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8th July: Today’s latest coronavirus updates

CORONAVIRUS LATEST UPDATES
Posted – 08 Jul 2021

UK STATISTICS

Total UK Cases: 4,990,916 positive tests
Latest UK daily figure: 
32,548 new cases
Number in UK hospital: 
2446, +118 on previous day
New deaths across UK: 33
Total UK deaths: 128,301
England Cases per 100,000: 
191
R number in UK: 
1.1 to 1.3

Vaccine data:

Total 1st doses given: 45,514,492
Total 2nd doses: 33,180,069
Daily 1st doses: 85,811
Daily 2nd doses: 153,126

There have been almost 5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 128,000 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 45 million people in the UK have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

Latest Stockport data:

Total Stockport cases: 25,396 to 7 July
Cases in the latest week: 1,038, up 310 on previous week
Total deaths: 725 to June 11th
Cases per 100,000: 354 per 100,000 week ending 3 July
R number in North West: 1.0 – 1.2

Stockport vaccine data:                  

1st dose: 83% of adults to 5 July
2nd dose: 63%

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: 

Amber list quarantine for fully vaccinated to end on 19 July
Fully vaccinated UK residents arriving in England from amber travel list destinations will no longer have to quarantine from 19 July. They will, however, still need to pay for PCR tests before and after their return, the transport secretary said. Grant Shapps told MPs that under-18s returning from amber list places would also be exempt from quarantine. Currently, anyone returning from amber or red list countries must isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccine status. “To be clear, a full vaccination means 14 days have passed since your final dose of the vaccine,” Mr Shapps said.

He added: “In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travellers the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same.”

England’s Euro 2020 progress could be behind infections rising faster among men than women in the past two weeks, Imperial College London data suggests.

The React study, which tested more than 47,000 volunteers across England between 24 June and 5 July, confirms a “substantial third wave of infections”.

And the men were 30% more likely than the women to test positive for Covid.

The infections had not translated into a large number of people in hospital or dying, however, the study found.

And vaccinated men and women were much less likely than others to catch the virus.

“We have 12 unfilled jobs and no applications”

Mark Lee runs the Red Lion Country Inn, a B&B in Yorkshire, but like many employers he cannot find enough staff: “If we were to open up in full swing it would be at least 12 jobs unfilled, but it’s six unfilled at the moment.”

According to a survey of big recruitment firms, the number of permanent jobs available in England rose at its fastest rate since 1997 in June as the economy reopened. But at the same time availability of workers hit a 24-year low.

Despite advertising on a range of sites, Mr Lee has not received a single application for jobs posted. Before the pandemic, he would frequently receive 50 or more applications per advert. He has also used agencies to find staff, but when he asked for a sous chef they could only provide an employee who had never worked in a catering kitchen before.

REGIONAL & LOCAL NEWS:  

Businesses across the North-West received almost £7.6bn in funding under the government’s two largest Covid-19 loan initiatives, according to new data.
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) provided financial support for the entire country before closing for applicants at the end of March 2021. Outside London and the South-East, the North-West reported the largest usage of both. Nearly 164,000 loans worth more than £4.8bn have been provided across the region under the BBLS, while more than 10,600 loans worth about £2.7bn were provided under the CBILS. Dr Sophie Dale-Black, UK network director for the North of England at the British Business Bank, said: “The Covid-19 loan schemes have been an important part of the government’s response to the pandemic, providing businesses with much-needed breathing space and reducing cash-flow concerns for many. “We’re pleased to see evidence that they have helped smaller businesses right across the North-West and look forward to helping more businesses to prosper and grow as we look towards economic recovery.”

MAG eyes recovery after pandemic year
The impact of the pandemic on Manchester Airports Group’s (MAG’s) financial performance has been laid bare, with revenues plummeting during what chairman Sir Adrian Montague called the “toughest year in the history of aviation”. However, chief executive Charlie Cornish believes the business is “particularly well-placed to recover quickly when conditions allow”. For the year to 31 March 2021, Manchester Airports Holdings – which is behind East Midlands Airport, Manchester Airport and London Stansted – reported income of £178.6m compared to £893.4m the prior period.

New bike library scheme launches across Greater Manchester
A new scheme has launched across all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester to help communities set up a sustainable bike library to help city-region residents take up cycling. 
Organisations based or working across the city-region can bid to TfGM for a £5,000 grant to set up a community bike library. These libraries will allow people to try cycling for free, with the aim of encouraging people to take advantage of the new cycling routes that are being delivered Greater Manchester-wide as part of The Bee Network.

Stockport Pop-Up vaccination clinics for the next 8 weeks
To get your Covid-19 vaccination, Stockport residents can attend local walk-in clinics taking place across the borough or book in for an appointment at community pharmacy vaccination sites in Stockport, or at a large-scale vaccination centre. Stockport Covid-19 Vaccination Pop Up Locations.

The clinic, supported by Stockport Council, will be moving across the borough offering first and second AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines to all adults. This is a walk-in service – no appointment is required. The schedule has been released so that people can make a note of the sessions and choose a time and date convenient to them. Those who are waiting for their second vaccination are invited to come along eight weeks after the first dose in line with NHS guidance.

SECTOR SPECIFIC CORONAVIRUS-RELATED NEWS: 

ARMED FORCES:

Number of COVID-19 tests in defence and positive cases in the UK Armed Forces 2021
Summary statistics on the number of defence personnel who have had a COVID-19 test; and for the UK Armed Forces, the number of positive cases of COVID-19.

BUSINESS:   

HM Treasury coronavirus (COVID-19) business loan scheme statistics
HMT management information about the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS), Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) and Future Fund Scheme – Future Fund 30 June stats added

CARE:

Adult social care in England statistics: methodology
How the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) puts together the data in its monthly reports – updated to include the background quality for the statistics.  

Adult social care extension to Infection Control and Testing Fund 2021
Sets out the measures that the extension to the Infection Control and Testing Fund supports, including distribution of funds, conditions and reporting requirements. We’ve extended the fund until 30 September 2021. 

COMMUNITY:   

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 – updated the general list of providers.  

EDUCATION:    

Covid-19 pandemic leads to boom in virtual work experience
Young people across the UK have continued to gain access to workplace and careers-related learning through a boom in virtual work experience opportunities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. 
Young people have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 restrictions, suffering major disruption to their education and reduced opportunities for in-person extra-curricular activities. However, since the pandemic, Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) has become a lifeline to those looking for involvement in the professional world while adhering to all guidelines and staying safe. According to figures from Speakers for Schools, an education charity run by ITV political journalist, Robert Peston, the number of work experience placements rose by 5,890 in the year April 2020 to March 2021 despite the pandemic. Of the new placements created, 71% were virtual work experience.

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19
Information for parents and carers about attending schools, nurseries and colleges in 2021 – new guidance including updates on testing, face coverings, contact tracing, isolating and bubbles, which come into force from Step 4 of the Roadmap. The current guidance (dated May 2021) remains in place until Step 4.

HEALTH & WELLBEING:

Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England)
Experimental statistics from the NHS Test and Trace service and related documents.

PROPERTY:  

House prices continue to rise as supply shrinks
A lack of available properties is helping to push up house prices, surveyors say.
As a result, a majority of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) members   think prices will continue to rise over the next year. The shrinking supply meant the number of new properties coming to the market fell by a third in June.

But with no let-up in demand, all parts of the UK continued to report robust increases in house prices, RICS said. “Respondents are pretty unanimous in once again highlighting the challenge around supply, whether in the sales or rental markets,” said Simon Rubinsohn, RICS chief economist.

RETAIL:

Online building supplies retailer to create 100 new jobs in the region
An online retailer and marketplace for DIY and building supplies, Gasqet, has revealed plans to create 100 new jobs in Greater Manchester and the wider North- West in the next three years. The firm, which was launched during the pandemic by Ethar Alali, the MD of a Manchester based IT firm, provides sustainable alternatives to rubber products for pipework, serving both the home improvement and commercial markets. The new jobs planned for Gasqet form part of the firm’s ambitious plans for rapid growth in the next three years. The majority of new roles will be created in the firm’s Manchester city centre headquarters in its sales and digital teams. The firm is also looking to recruit a fleet engineers to serve business customers in the construction and petrol station sector, creating field-based roles based in Stockport, Liverpool, Warrington and locations in Cheshire.

TRAVEL:  

The rules for travelling to popular holiday destinations explained
Foreign holidays are legal, but under the traffic light system very few countries are on the green list of safe destinations.

Malta, Spain’s Balearic Islands, the Portuguese island of Madeira and a number of other destinations including some Caribbean islands are now green.

However, with the exception of Malta, all are on the “green watchlist” – which means they are at risk of moving to the amber list.

The UK government says you should not holiday in amber and red countries.

If you do, quarantine rules apply and you need to take compulsory Covid tests before and after you return. The government says it wants to scrap the need for fully vaccinated travellers to isolate on return to England from an amber country. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is due to set out further details soon.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): domestic cruise ship travel
Domestic cruise operators with a passenger COVID-19 vaccination policy in place can operate at 50% capacity.

Checks to make sure you’re following quarantine rules after international travel
How NHS Test and Trace carry out checks by phone and in person on people who have a legal duty to quarantine at home after travelling abroad – added information on how contact tracers from NHS Test and Trace will contact you to check you’re following quarantine rules. Previously this information was published on GOV.?UK as part of ‘Quarantine and testing if you’ve been in an amber list country’.

CORONAVIRUS GRANTS FOR BUSINESSES IN STOCKPORT:

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

Discretionary Grants summary:

As at 01/07/2021

  • Received: 2,911
  • Processed: 2,911 (100%)
  • Grants Funding Issued: £10,493,716

Restart Grants summary:

Grant allocation: £14,652,603
Number of businesses eligible: 1,816
Number received a grant: 1,738
Total value of payments made: £12,408,150

Stockport Council details of Government’s Restart Grant

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Applications closed on 30 June 2021

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.

Make your workplace COVID-secure:

You can find recordings of webinars covering other types of workplace here

HMRC:

Coronavirus COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme:
Providing an overview of the scheme, this webinar looks at who can claim, when to start paying SSP, employees you can claim for, making a claim, keeping records, and more.  Choose a date and time to view webinar

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.

Twice weekly: EnterprisingYou

Finance support for the self-employed webinars For info about latest webinar date announcements please visit the website https://enterprising-you.co.uk/latest-news/

ACAS

A series of courses to help businesses with transition from lockdown

Useful information and links:

Useful Government links for easing out of lockdown:

Coronavirus Roadmap out of lockdown – what and when?

From 29 March:

  • People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the “rule of six”, including in private gardens
  • The stay at home rule will end, but the government will urge people to stay local as much as possible
  • Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, including golf courses and tennis and basketball courts, and formally organised outdoor sports can restart
  • Weddings attended by up to six people can take place in any circumstances

Stage two (no earlier than 12 April):

  • All shops allowed to open, along with close-contact services, including hairdressers and beauty salons (including in people’s homes)
  • Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres
  • Members of the same household can take a holiday in the UK in self-contained accommodation
  • Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place

Stage three (no earlier than 17 May):

  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors
  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings or other life events, like christenings
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open
  • Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children’s play areas can open
  • Performances and large events can restart, but with limits on audience numbers
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
  • International leisure travel may resume
  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart

Stage four (no earlier than 21 June):

  • 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

Publishing information about your claimsIn January HMRC published the list of employers who claimed under the CJRS for periods from December onwards, on GOV???.UK.

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.

Check if your business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national restrictions (for closed businesses)

Check if your business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national restrictions (for closed businesses)

Check if your business is eligible for the coronavirus Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment

Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Additional Restrictions Grant

Check if your nightclub, dance hall or adult entertainment business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national restrictions

Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses)

Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant (for open businesses)

Check if you’re eligible for the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

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

Coronavirus – Guidance for employees and employers in Stockport: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses

COVID-19 Winter Plan
The government’s plan for managing COVID-19 through the end of 2020 and into the start of 2021.

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.

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.

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.

Local COVID Alert Level Posters
A series of graphical posters displaying information about the Local COVID Alert Level.

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.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension
Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can get.

Visit the Stockport Council website to report details of any outbreaks online.  https://www.stockport.gov.uk/coronavirus-in-stockport/report-a-coronavirus-outbreak

The SMBC website and produce a form for completion online if anyone wants to report an outbreak. The links are now live and are below:
https://www.stockport.gov.uk/coronavirus-in-stockport/report-a-coronavirus-outbreak  
https://www.stockport.gov.uk/guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses

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.

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.

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 SchemeFrom 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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    Total visits this period:

    492,332

    Busiest time of the day:

    12.00 - 13.00

    Average dwell time:

    141 mins

    Average visits per day:

    16,410

    (Provided by Sept 2021 research)