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Coronavirus (COVID-19) roundup: 16th December 2020

  • Unweighted data from the latest wave of the Business Impact of Coronavirus Survey (BICS) indicate that a large proportion of responding pub and bar businesses have experienced significant financial difficulty.

  • More than a quarter (27.9%) of reporting pub and bar businesses had low or no confidence in surviving the next three months in November, while 23.6% had no cash reserves or less than one month remaining.

  • The UK’s average house prices increased by 5.4% over the year to October 2020, to stand at a record high of £245,000; this is the highest annual growth rate since October 2016.

  • We have also published experimental estimates of the prevalence of long COVID symptoms, based on results from our COVID-19 Infection Survey.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) roundup: 17th December 2020

  • Initial estimates show 1.3% of school staff in England participating in an infection survey tested positive for current coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, along with 1.2% of pupils.

  • Testing was conducted in schools between 3 and 19 November 2020 and included swab results for pupils and staff.

  • According to our Business Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Survey (BICS), the proportion of UK businesses that are currently trading increased by 3 percentage points to 80% this week (30 November to 13 December).

  • A quarter of adults in Great Britain shopped for things other than basic necessities this week (week ending 13 December), the highest proportion in nine weeks. 

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