ONS: England’s Coronavirus Cases Continue to Fall

New ONS data out today has found that last week an estimated 28,300 people in England had COVID-19. This represents 0.05% of the community population. Far from a second wave, it marks a fall from the previous week’s estimate of 0.07%.

Whereas testing data shows a mild uptick, the number of tests being carried out in the UK has also zoomed up, meaning this data could simply be showing a reduction. It’s worth reading this explanation of why cases are not in fact rising, by the director of Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine Carl Heneghan. The new ONS number seem to support his research…

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National Statistician Explains Proportion of the UK Who Have Had Coronavirus
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ONS: No Uptick in Covid Cases Despite Lockdown Wind Down
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Weekly Deaths Consistently Below The Five Year Average

New figures from the ONS this morning reveal that the number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 26 June was 360 fewer than the previous week. Significantly it’s also 314 fewer than the five-year average number of deaths for this week of the year…

Fewer people dying than normal may indicate that Covid merely accelerated deaths that would have taken place later in the year. If this is sustained the year’s ‘excess death’ total will decline from the number it has reached already. Good news.

Local Government Minister Simon Clarke confirmed yesterday that even the Black Lives Matter mass gatherings did  not result in an increase in overall new cases or the number of fatalities, telling TalkRADIO’s Dan Wooton that “these gatherings happened and there hasn’t been a major resultant spike detectable in the figures.” Perhaps everyone can calm down about the revellers in SoHo on Saturday now…

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Excess Deaths Figure Finally Goes Negative

New figures from the ONS show excess deaths in England and Wales have gone negative for the first time in 14 weeks, with 65 fewer deaths recorded in the week to June 19th compared with the five year average.

Care homes (-49) and hospitals (-782) account for the significant fall, deaths at home still was 827 greater than the five year average. Encouraging news despite the turn of events in Leicester… 

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UK Debt Passes 100% of GDP for First Time Since 1963

The dire state of the UK’s public finance has been hammered home today, as new ONS figures show the UK’s debt to GDP ratio surpassing 100% of GDP for the first time in 57 years. A £55.2 billion borrowing surge in May – roughly nine times more than was borrowed in May 2019 – is the highest figure in any month on record. Total borrowing for the financial year is running at £87 billion more than last year…

There are glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel however. Retail is beginning to bounce back, with sales rising by 12%, with 33.4% of total sales being made online – the highest proportion ever. Fuel sales have increased 49% on April’s plummet, suggesting an increase in those commuting or taking up the government’s permission of being able to travel further afield for exercise.


The UK is only one month away from hitting a debt of £2 trillion…

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