Coronavirus news LIVE: UK officially enters recession as Oldham on the brink of local lockdown and deaths hit 46,628
THE UK has officially entered into recession for the first time in 11 years, after the economy shrunk by a record 20.4 per cent in the three months to June.
Economists consider two consecutive three-month periods where GDP falls as the technical definition of a recession.
The latest GDP figures revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this morning showed that GDP fell by 20.4 per cent between April to June.
It follows a drop of 2.2 per cent between January to March.
Meanwhile, Oldham is on the brink of a local lockdown after new figures revealed that the area had the worst infection rate nationally.
Oldham’s infection rate now stands at 107.5 cases per 100,000 people, overtaking Blackburn with Darwen which has 65.8 per 100,000 people.
Council data shows the number of new cases in Oldham doubled from 137 for the week ending August 1, to 255 for the one ending August 8.
This comes as deaths hit 46,628 after 21 more deaths were recorded.
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'IT IS PAYING OFF', SAYS LEICESTER HEALTH CHIEF
Noting a decline in transmissions in Leicester, Professor Browne added: “The good news is that the sacrifices we’re all making are paying off, as infection rates are continuing to fall.
“My message remains the same: please don’t visit other people’s homes; work from home if you can; keep social distancing; keep practising good hand hygiene, get a test at the first sign of coronavirus symptoms and, most importantly, please stay at home and self-isolate for at least 10 days if you test positive for coronavirus – and make sure others in your household quarantine for 14 days to stop the virus from spreading.”
He added: “If we can do this, and bring the infection rate right down, we will be in a much better position as we head towards winter.”
LEICESTER HEALTH BOSS URGES RESIDENTS OF CITY TO FOLLOW THE RULES
Leicester City Council’s director of public health, Professor Ivan Browne, has urged residents of the city to continue to follow the rules forbidding visits to another household despite last week's lifting of restrictions.
He said today: “Restrictions on meeting up with other households indoors, and visiting friends and families in their homes and gardens, are to remain in place for a little while longer in Leicester.
“These restrictions will help prevent the spread of coronavirus between households, but I appreciate that it’s not easy to stay away from those closest to us.
“I want to thank everyone who’s followed the guidance and stayed away from their friends and family’s homes for all these months, but we need to keep doing what we’re doing to stop this virus from being passed on.”
IN PICTURES: AUCKLAND PLUNGED BACK INTO LOCKDOWN
Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak as the nation's largest city of Auckland went back into lockdown.
The four cases reported from one household in the city marks the country's first locally transmitted cases in 102 days.
SWEDEN'S HEARD IMMUNITY PLAN 'FAILS'
Sweden's coronavirus herd immunity push appears to have failed as only 15 per cent of residents have antibodies despite there being no lockdown, new research shows.
However the study's lead author, Professor David Goldsmith, says it’s too soon to “judge” Sweden, as it’ll take up to another two years to gauge the full impact of measures.
The country's policy of allowing coronavirus to spread among the population hasn't delivered the country's goal of herd immunity, according to University College London's analysis.
Sweden steered clear of imposing a strict lockdown on the population, and kept businesses including restaurants and shops open.
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FIELD HOSPITAL SET UP AS COVID CASES RISE
Spain's army is setting up a field hospital in Zaragoza as the northern city struggles to stop a new spike in coronavirus cases.
Aragon has led the country in coronavirus cases recently, with 242 hospitalisations and 32 deaths in the past week.
The hospital should be in place by Friday, officials say.
GERMAN INSTITUTE OFFERS VACCINE HOPE
Germany's leading infectious disease institute has said that a first vaccine against the coronavirus could be available as early as autumn.
However, the Robert Koch Institute also warned that it may take longer to control the pandemic.
“Preliminary projections make the availability of one or several vaccines seem possible by autumn 2020,” the Robert Koch Institute said in a statement on its website, citing a global effort to bring immunisations to market.
“It would be dangerous at this point to trust that a vaccination from autumn 2020 can control the pandemic,” it cautioned.
UK SLIDES INTO RECESSION
More now on the news that the UK has slipped into recession.
The latest GDP figures released by the Office for National Statistics this morning showed that GDP fell by 20.4 per cent between April to June.
It follows a drop of 2.2 per cent between January to March.
And today Mr Sunak said: “I’ve said before that hard times were ahead, and today’s figures confirm that hard times are here.”
Here's what you need to know.
FIVE FURTHER DEATHS IN WALES
Another five people who tested positive for coronavirus in Wales have died, bringing the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,586.
Public Health Wales said the total number of cases in the country increased by eight, bringing the revised total of confirmed cases to 17,484.
MIDDLE EAST AND ASIA UPDATE
Here's all the latest from Africa and Asia.
- According to state media in China, a city in eastern Anhui province found the virus on the packaging of shrimps from Ecuador
- Lebanon announced a record daily number of infections and seven deaths as the country grapples with the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion.
- Jordan will close its only land trade border crossing with Syria for a week after a spike in cases coming from its northern neighbour, officials said on Wednesday.
- Indonesia has reported 1,942 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours and 79 new deaths, taking the total number to 5,903, the highest COVID-19 death toll in Southeast Asia.
DEATHS BY REGION
- East of England – 0
- London – 0
- Midlands – 0
- North East & Yorkshire – 1
- North West – 4
- South East – 1
- South West – 0
DEATHS IN ENGLISH HOSPITALS UP BY SIX
A further six people, who tested positive for the Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,431.
Patients were aged between 57 and 96 years old.
All had known underlying health conditions.