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Coronavirus (COVID-19) roundup: 12 June 2020

ONS have published new Gross Domestic Product data and trade data capturing the direct effects of the pandemic across the economy.

They have also published analysis of COVID-19 deaths in England and Wales by local area and levels of deprivation, as well as analysis collating deaths figures from all four nations of the UK.

The roundup also includes latest results from the COVID-19 Infection Survey and analysis of the social impacts of lockdown.

Some of the main points include:

  • Monthly gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 20.4% in April 2020 (the largest fall since the series began in 1997), as government restrictions on movement dramatically reduced economic activity

  • The decline was widespread by sub-sector, with the largest falls occurring in air transport, which fell by 92.8%, and travel and tourism, which fell by 89.2%

  • Across the three months to April, GDP fell by 10.4%, with services down by 9.9%, production by 9.5% and construction by 18.2%

  • Exports fell by £33.1 billion and imports by £29.9 billion in the three months to April (both the largest falls since comparable records began in 1998)

  • The most deprived areas of England experienced more than twice the rate of deaths from COVID-19 than the least deprived between 1 March and 31 May 2020

  • Across the UK in March and April,

    • Scotland had the highest all-cause mortality rate but only the second-highest rate of deaths involving COVID-19 behind England (333.1 compared with 363.8 per 100,000 population);

    • Northern Ireland had the lowest (185.9)

  • The estimated number of people with COVID-19 in the community in England was 33,000 at any given time between 25 May and 7 June 2020 (0.06% of the community population)

Read the ONS roundup