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The impact of the coronavirus so far: the industries that struggled or recovered

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Temporary closures, a shift to online shopping and reduced travel meant the first wave of the coronavirus (COVID-19) had an enormous impact on business – but some industries fared far worse than others. The economic downturn resulting from coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions has been concentrated among certain types of business.…


London Stock Exchange welcomes Conduit Holdings Limited to the Main Market

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The FINANCIAL -- London Stock Exchange welcomes Conduit Holdings Limited to the Main MarketLondon Stock Exchange welcomes Conduit Holdings Limited (Conduit), the Bermuda based start-up global reinsurer, following its initial public offering on the main market under the ticker “CRE”.…

UK and Kenya sign trade agreement

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The FINANCIAL -- UK signs Economic Partnership Agreement with Kenya, benefiting UK-Kenya trade which was worth £1.4 billion in 2019. The UK has signed an Economic Partnership Agreement with Kenya. The deal was signed in London by International Trade Minister Ranil Jayawardena and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Trade, Minister Betty Maina.…

The United Kingdom has become the first Western nation to begin vaccinating its citizens with a Covid-19 shot outside of clinical trials -- a landmark moment in the coronavirus pandemic.

What could the impact of COVID-19 be on UK demography?

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The FINANCIAL -- Past epidemics and pandemics have had lasting effects on the structure of the population. The impacts have been seen through changes in births, deaths and migration. Here, Sarah Crofts from the ONS Centre for Ageing and Demography, considers the potential impact of COVID-19 on the future population of the UK.…

153,464 live births occurred during the second quarter of 2020 coinciding with the period of the strictest lockdown measures in England and Wales

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The FINANCIAL -- In England and Wales, the stillbirth rate decreased from 4.0 stillbirths per 1,000 total births in 2019 to 3.9 in the first three quarters (Jan to Sept) of 2020, in line with the long-term trend.The proportion of all preterm live births decreased for the second year in a row, from 7.8% in…

Number of UK ice days slipping away

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The FINANCIAL -- Analysis of the Met Office's UK Climate Projections reveals that climate change is expected to decrease markedly the number of so-called ice days, where the daily maximum temperature doesn’t exceed 0.0 °C.…

Backing UK agriculture through Brexit and beyond

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The FINANCIAL -- UK farmers face a ‘triple wave’ of coronavirus, Brexit and climate change. We hear from Barclays’ Mark Suthern and Oliver McEntyre about why, in anticipation of the end of the UK’s transition period after Brexit, the bank has been helping the UK farming sector embrace technology and move towards sustainability.…

500 hectare planting boost for England’s Community Forests

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The FINANCIA L-- New £12.1 million fund to plant over 500 hectares of trees in ten Community Forests over the next five months. Over 500 hectares will be planted with trees across England’s ten Community Forests, from Yorkshire to Somerset, backed by £12.1 million of investment, the government announced today (6 December). This will also build…

Lenders continue to provide financial support for customers impacted by Covid-19

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. 127,000 mortgage payment deferrals in place in mid-November, a significant reduction in customers seeking this form of support from June’s peak of 1.8 million . 55,000 credit card and 22,000 personal loan payment deferrals in place for customers facing financial difficulty, reduced from 84,000 payment deferrals on credit cards and 50,000 on personal loans…

COVID-19 positivity rates are level or decreasing in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; rising in Scotland

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The FINANCIAL – The number of people with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in England appears to be levelling off, with 633,000 people estimated to have had COVID-19 in the most recent week (15 to 21 November 2020). This equates to 1 in 85 people.…

There was a fall in work and study visas granted for non-EU nationals since the coronavirus pandemic

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The FINANCIAL – The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a major impact on people’s lives and the UK economy, with significant disruption to worldwide travel.…

Boris Johnson outlines his 10 point plan to create and support up to 250,000 jobs

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The FINANCIAL — The Prime Minister Boris Johnson today sets out his ambitious ten point plan for a green industrial revolution which will create and support up to 250,000 British jobs. Covering clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies, the Prime Minister’s blueprint will allow the UK to forge ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate…

New antibiotic-resistant infections rise to 178 per day in England

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The FINANCIAL — Antimicrobial resistance remains a serious threat to the health of people in England, with 178 AMR infections diagnosed each day, according to a PHE report. The antimicrobial resistance (AMR) report, published at the start of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW), 18 to 24 November, shows there were an estimated 65,162 AMR infections…

Janssen’s coronavirus vaccine trials begin across the UK involving 6,000 volunteers

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The FINANCIAL — Global pharmaceutical company Janssen will begin clinical trials of its potential vaccine in the UK from today (Monday 16 November), involving 6,000 volunteers across the country. The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, part of Johnson & Johnson, is the latest study in the UK, jointly funded by the UK government’s Vaccine Taskforce, to test…

UK-piloted space telescope to untangle cosmos’ mysteries

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The FINANCIAL — The European Space Agency has given the green light to the world’s first space telescope dedicated to studying how exoplanet atmospheres form and evolve Its mission is to understand the links between a planet’s chemistry and its environment by charting approximately 1,000 known planets outside our own Solar System, arming scientists with…

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