Lockdown in numbers as the UK reaches the six-month mark

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A look at lockdown in numbers, six months on from the evening of March 23, when Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced nationwide restrictions.

– 41,825 Covid-related deaths in the UK, up from 1,000 on March 23

The day lockdown began, the toll for those who died after contracting coronavirus had already reached quadruple figures.

There had been 950 deaths in England and Wales, 43 in Scotland and seven in Northern Ireland, based on figures for death registrations.

This has since risen to some 41,825 fatalities, with cumulative cases at 403,551, according to the latest Government figures.

According to data from the Covid Symptom Study app, which was analysed by King’s College London researchers, up to 60,000 people in the UK are likely to be suffering with long-term symptoms after contracting coronavirus.

Co-leading scientist for the post-hospitalisation Covid-19 study Dr Rachel Evans said people suffering with “long Covid” are experiencing breathlessness, fatigue and neurological problems months after their initial infection.

This has put many people out of work, as they are unable to carry out their usual daily tasks.

– 695,000 employees dropped from payrolls

Around 695,000 UK workers have been removed from the payrolls of British companies since March, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Although the number of people who are estimated to be temporarily away from work has fallen, including furloughed workers, it was still in excess of five million in July.

Half of these were recorded as having been away from work for at least three months.

The claimant count also reached 2.7 million in August, an increase of 120.8% since March 2020.

Unemployment figures
UK workers on company payrolls have fallen 649,000 during lockdown (Philip Toscano/PA)

The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has recorded nearly 19,000 fines for coronavirus-related offences in England and Wales since lockdown began.

Some 16,021 fines were handed out in England and 2,662 in Wales up to August 17, according to the latest data.

Since face coverings became mandatory in some public spaces from mid-June, 46 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) have also been issued up to August 17. Of these fines, 38 were issued for failure to wear a face covering on public transport.

– 100% increase in the number of people experiencing depression

The number of adults suffering with some kind of depression doubled over the first three months of lockdown, according to an ONS study.

Nearly one in five people reported having depression in June this year, compared with one in 10 between July 2019 and March 2020.

(PA Graphics)
(PA Graphics)

The coronavirus crisis saw the economy contract by a record 20.4% between April and June, the ONS said.

This also followed a 5.8% drop in GDP in March – although the economy started to pick up again, with a 6.6% growth in July as restrictions were eased.

– 10 weeks of Clap For Our Carers

The country applauded the NHS and other key workers keeping the nation afloat from their doorsteps every Thursday evening for 10 weeks.

Clap For Our Carers was founded by Annemarie Plas, a Dutch national living in south London, and began on March 26.

Suicide figures
The number of people suffering from depression doubled in the first three months of lockdown (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

“Reduction in road vehicle activity has taken us back to levels similar to the 1950s,” said Dr David Carslaw, a reader in urban air pollution at the University of York.

He added: “In terms of emissions … we’ve probably gone back to the early 1900s.”

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