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Coronavirus (COVID-19) roundup: 14 May 2020

Today ONS have published early results from the COVID-19 Infection Survey in England. Based on tests conducted between 27 April and 10 May 2020, we estimate 148,000 people in England had COVID-19 (95% confidence interval: 94,000 to 222,000).

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ONS have also added entries on access to private gardens and public parks, changing public attitudes and the business impact of COVID-19. Some of the main points include:

  • One in eight households (12%) in Great Britain has no access to a private or shared garden during the lockdown
  • This rises to more than one in five households in London (21%), easily the highest percentage of any region or country of Great Britain
  • The percentage of homes without a garden is higher among ethnic minorities, with Black people in England nearly four times as likely as White people to have no outdoor space at home
  • More than half (56%) of adults aged 16 to 69 believe Britain will be more united after the lockdown, compared with just 19% who said the country was united before the pandemic
  • A quarter of businesses reported their turnover has decreased by more than 50% compared to normal between 20 April and 3 May

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