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Coronavirus (COVID-19) roundup: 2 July 2020

ONS have published the latest data on economic impacts of COVID-19, including some of the impacts on the housing market.

ONS have also added the latest results from the COVID-19 Infection Survey. Some of the main points include:

  • In May 2020, there were 9,300 mortgage approvals, around a third of the number issued during the financial crisis of 2008, and the lowest since records began in 1993

  • Daily footfall at shopping destinations saw a substantial increase on 15 June 2020, when some non-essential shops were first allowed to reopen in England

  • At businesses continuing to trade, an estimated 23% of the workforce are furloughed, rising to a high of 70% in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector 

  • An average of 25,000 people in the community in England had COVID-19 at any time between 14 and 27 June 2020 (0.04% of the population)

  • As of 29 June 2020, 6.3% of those aged 16 years and over tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19; this equates to 1 in 16 or 2.8 million people in England

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