The number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week before the Easter weekend has fallen to the lowest level in six months, new figures show. In the week ending 2 April, there were 400 registrations where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is the lowest number since the week ending 2 October and down by 44% on the previous week. Of these, 308 had COVID-19 recorded as the underlying cause of death (77%). Around one in 20 (4.9%) of all deaths registered in England and Wales over the seven days to 2 April mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate. Advertisement Live COVID updates from across the UK and around the world Across the same week, the number of deaths of care home residents registered as involving COVID-19 dropped below 100 for the first time since the week ending 15 October. More from Covid-19 COVID-19: Which regions saw … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Number of deaths in England and Wales before Easter at lowest level in six months, ONS data shows
University students in England who have been studying online since Christmas, have been told by the government they cannot return to campuses until at least 17 May. The Department for Education announced that as part of the route out of lockdown, all students who have not yet resumed in-person teaching will do so "no earlier than 17 May". The return will coincide with step three of the government's wider roadmap, also due to begin that day, where restrictions on social contact and indoor mixing will be further eased. However, as with all steps, progression to the next stage remains dependent on a review of the latest data and the impact of step two which began on Monday with the opening of non-essential shops, pub gardens and outdoor dining . Since March, only students on creative and practical courses have been allowed in-person teaching. It is estimated around half of university students in England were not eligible to return to campuses. Advertisement … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Remaining England university students cannot return to campus until 17 May ‘at the earliest’
Despite jubilation over the partial reopening of pubs in Britain, the industry — which has been under threat for decades — has seen a rapid decline over the past year of lockdowns, with some 2,500 pubs shutting down for good in 2020. On Monday, pubs were permitted by the government to open back up, however, only those with outdoor seating were actually allowed to serve their customers. The joy of finally being able to raise a glass with mates was perhaps best typified by the scenes witnessed in Soho in London, which is said to have resembled a carnival atmosphere on the first night of reopening. Hard to believe this is central London on a Monday night as opposed to some decadent festival. Spontaneous cheering. People quite literally dancing in the streets- the liberation is palpable. pic.twitter.com/gxHeuKcood — Matthew Thompson (@mattuthompson) April 12, 2021 When looking at the country at large, however, a bleaker portrait of the economic devastation inflicted … [Read more...] about Last Call: 2,500 British Pubs Closed For Good During Lockdown, as Less Than Half Reopened on Monday
DRINKS are back on at pubs, bars and restaurants now lockdown restrictions have lifted - outside for now and then indoors from May 17. If an Aperol Spritz is your tipple of choice you can get one for free worth £8 next time you're out. To celebrate the latest freedoms from lockdown rules easing, 100,000 Aperol Spritz's are being given away and you can get it at any place they serve the popular summer drink. To get the freebie, you'll need to register first on its website here , sharing your name, email and date of birth (you must be over 18 years of age) and do it before May 17. You'll then receive an email with a link to a redemption form which you have until 31 August to use, so there's no need to head out if you're not ready yet. To redeem the offer, you'll need to buy your Aperol Spritz first and one for a friend too, then provide your receipt showing the purchase of both drinks to get a refund for one of them. You'll need to buy two drinks to use this … [Read more...] about How to get a free Aperol Spritz worth £8 as pubs reopen
The rollout of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine across Europe has been delayed, while US officials have recommended a "pause" in the use of the jab as reports of blood clots are investigated. The healthcare giant said on Tuesday it had "made the decision to proactively delay the rollout of our vaccine in Europe". It comes after officials from America's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said they are looking into six reported cases "of a rare & severe type of blood clot" in women aged 18 to 48. The symptoms occurred six to 13 days after they received the jab. A total of 6.8 million doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the US. Advertisement The company said that "no clear causal link" has been found between their vaccine and the clots. Live COVID updates from across the UK and around the world More from Covid-19 COVID-19: … [Read more...] about COVID-19: European rollout of Johnson & Johnson COVID jab delayed as US officials investigate clots
Shoppers have been flocking back to high streets and other retail destinations in some parts of the country more than others as lockdown rules were eased in England and Wales. Across the UK, footfall climbed by 155.2% compared to the previous week though - partly blamed on wintry weather - the numbers were still 15.9% below pre-pandemic levels in 2019, according to data from Springboard. Diane Wehrle, insights director at the firm, said: "The first day of retail reopening was an amazingly positive result and one which finally offers retailers some positive news. "The strong uplift highlights that consumer demand is higher than even forecasted and shows that bricks and mortar still holds a key position within the retail sector." Retailers are desperate to see a recovery in trade after the sector shed 67,000 jobs last year and lockdowns cost £27bn in lost sales, according to industry estimates. Advertisement Scenes of shoppers queuing outside stores … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Which regions saw footfall return closest to pre-pandemic levels as lockdowns eased?