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UK – Coronavirus deaths drop to lowest number in one week since before lockdown, ONS data shows

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England and Wales have recorded the lowest number of weekly deaths involving coronavirus since the UK went into lockdown in March.

A total of 8,945 deaths were registered in England and Wales in the week ending August 7, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – 157 fewer than the five-year average of 9,102.

This is the eighth week in a row that deaths have been below the five-year average.

Of the deaths registered in the week to August 7, 152 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate – the lowest number of deaths involving Covid-19 since the week ending March 20 (103 deaths).

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Coronavirus cases stable across most of England

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Coronavirus cases across England appear to be levelling off, despite flare-ups in local hotspots, according to estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

An estimated 1 in 1,900, or 28,300 people in England currently have the virus.

The ONS said evidence of a “small increase” in people testing positive in July has now stabilised.

It has been regularly testing people in private households since April.

The ONS survey provides a consistent picture of what’s been happening, because it regularly tests a large group of people – whether they have symptoms or not.

That means any changes are down to fewer or more infections, not just because more testing is taking place.

In areas where there have been spikes, more testing takes place.

Looking at the government’s figures, this can make it look like cases are rising, when in fact more are simply being uncovered.

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Rises in UK retail sales and business activity boost Covid-19 recovery hopes

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Hopes of a rapid recovery in Britain’s economy from the coronavirus lockdown have been boosted by a summer rebound in retail sales and the strongest monthly growth in business activity for five years.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics showed retail sales rose by 13.9% in June compared with May as pent-up demand among consumers returned overall spending close to pre-pandemic levels.

A health check on business activity from IHS Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply also showed Britain’s private sector economy returned to growth in July as clients and customers returned to spending and businesses were able to open their operations as staff returned.

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Zero confirmed coronavirus deaths in Scotland for a week

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No deaths among confirmed coronavirus patients have been recorded in the past seven days.

Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the figures at Wednesday’s Scottish Government Covid-19 briefing.

Weekly statistics from National Records of Scotland up to last Sunday show 13 deaths of Scots linked to the virus, counting both confirmed and presumed cases.

But it has been seven days since the Scottish Government announced any deaths of people confirmed to have the virus through a test.

There are five new cases in Scotland overall, taking the country’s total over the course of the pandemic to 18,373.

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Ontario adds jobs in June for first time since COVID-19 pandemic is declared

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Canada’s national statistics agency has reported an increase in Ontario’s employment for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared.

After losing more than one million jobs in a three-month time span, Ontario has added about 378,000 jobs in June, Statistics Canada said on Friday. This brings Ontario’s unemployment rate down to 12.2 per cent from 13.6 per cent last month.

The majority of jobs added in Ontario over the last month are full-time positions while only about 158,000 of them are part-time.

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New daily cases in Scotland down to single figures

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The number of new coronavirus cases in Scotland has fallen to single figures after a rise on Friday led Nicola Sturgeon to warn against complacency.

Scottish government statistics show that 18,340 people have tested positive for coronavirus, an increase of seven in the last 24 hours.

No Covid-19 deaths were reported over that period, meaning the total number of fatalities remains at 2,490.

It is the third day in a row without any new deaths.

There were 18 new positive cases reported on Friday, which was higher than any daily tally for the past three weeks.

The first minister said at the time that the rise was being “looked at very closely” and served as a reminder the virus has not gone away.

On Twitter on Saturday, Nicola Sturgeon said: “Positive cases in past 24 hrs back in single figures (7) after yesterday’s increase

“Also, another day with no registered deaths amongst people who had tested positive.

“Progress still good – but with significant easing of lockdown next week, we all must take care StaySafe.”

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Immunity may be more widespread than tests suggest

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People testing negative for coronavirus antibodies may still have some immunity, a study has suggested.

For every person testing positive for antibodies, two were found to have specific T-cells which identify and destroy infected cells.

This was seen even in people who had mild or symptomless cases of Covid-19.

But it’s not yet clear whether this just protects that individual, or if it might also stop them from passing on the infection to others.

Researchers at the Karolinksa Institute in Sweden tested 200 people for both antibodies and T-cells.

Some were blood donors while others were tracked down from the group of people first infected in Sweden, mainly returning from earlier affected areas like northern Italy.

This could mean a wider group have some level of immunity to Covid-19 than antibody testing figures, like those published as part of the UK Office for National Statistics Infection Survey, suggest.

It’s likely those people did mount an antibody response, but either it had faded or was not detectable by the current tests.

And these people should be protected if they are exposed to the virus for a second time.

Prof Danny Altmann at Imperial College London described the study as “robust, impressive and thorough” and said it added to a growing body of evidence that “antibody testing alone underestimates immunity”.

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Netherlands: No new Covid-19 deaths since June 24

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The number of people in the Netherlands known to have died from respiratory illness Covid-19 herald at 6,105, public health agency RIVM said on Sunday. It was the second time in a week that the death toll did not rise as a result of the coronavirus disease.

Nobody in the country is known to have died from the disease since June 24, and there were also no deaths linked to Covid-19 on June 22. Prior to that, the last time there had been a date without a Covid-19 fatality was on March 9.

The agency constantly updates its statistics as new data becomes available, which could mean that a fatal case is linked to a date in which previously there had been none. The same holds true for new hospitalizations, with 11,871 people having been admitted to hospital for the disease since late February.

That reflects an increase of three, the RIVM said. At least two of those admissions took place in the past week, a figure which could rise when more data is processed by the agency.

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UK records lowest excess deaths since late March

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The UK has recorded the lowest level of excess deaths since the last week in March with a steady reduction in coronavirus mortality recorded in the week ending May 29.

The Office for National Statistics reported on Tuesday there were 1,653 more deaths than the average of the past five years across England and Wales in the last week in May with earlier official data showing another 145 excess deaths in Scotland and Northern Ireland in the same period.

The ONS data showed mortality levels still 20 per cent higher than the five year average, but this was a significant improvement against the peak of the pandemic in mid-April when weekly death rates were 113 per cent higher than normal.

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Sweden records first week with no excess mortality since pandemic struck

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Sweden last week recorded no excess mortality compared to the average of the past five years for the first time since COVID-19 struck a country whose death toll in the pandemic has eclipsed that of its neighbours, statistics showed on Monday.

Preliminary data from Statistics Sweden showed the country registered 1,524 deaths last week, slightly lower than the average for 2015–2019, which was 1,569 deaths.

“That is the first week since the corona outbreak that has happened,” Statistics Sweden said in a statement, adding the deaths might still be revised up to show a slight excess mortality.

The agency said the only demographic with excess mortality in Sweden last week were people aged 90 and above.

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