Covid bulletin #41: Still a long way to go

Jan 21, 2021 | Sector & policy

This is the forty-first of a series of bulletins produced by ISE to update members on key data and policy related to Covid-19. This bulletin covers the period 14th – 20th January 2021.

You can access all of the Covid-19 bulletins on ISE insights.

Latest Covid-19 data

Data taken from Wikipedia and from the government’s Covid-19 dashboard.

The UK has now had over 3.5 million identified Covid-19 cases and 95,829 deaths (with Covid on the death certificate). The R rate is estimated to be between 1.2 and 1.3 with the daily infection rate growing by 2%-5%.

The growth in the number of new cases appears to have peaked and is starting to come down. However, the number of new cases a day remains very high with hospital numbers and deaths continuing to grow.


Covid news



  • Concerns about the quality of the food provided in place of free school meals resulted in the promise of a crackdown by Boris Johnson following a meeting with Marcus Rashford. But, the government is not planning to provide free school meals during the February half term. There are also concerns about the impact that digital poverty is having on students attainment and progression.
  • There have been delays in the rollout of the government’s traineeship scheme.
  • University students are mainly learning from home. The Office for Students has been scrutinising the situation, but it is not clear what can be done. David Kernohan explores approaches to compensation for students whilst Sonia Sodha argues that they deserve a refund. Meanwhile lecturers are considering strike action if they are forced back into the lecture hall.
  • Career guidance has received new attention this week with the publication of new research on international trends and how the field has responded to the pandemic.


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