Covid bulletin #50: Young people have been hit hardest

Mar 25, 2021 | Sector & policy | 0 comments

This is the 50th 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 18th March – 24th March 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 4.3 million identified Covid-19 cases and 148,000 deaths (with Covid on the death certificate). The R rate is estimated to be between 0.6 and 0.9 with the daily infection rate shrinking by between 3% and 6%.

The number of cases and the number of deaths have been falling for ten weeks. The number of new cases is now well below the October average although it is still considerably higher than it was during summer 2020. The number of deaths has also been dropping for seven weeks and is now below the October level.

 

Covid news

Data from the government’s Covid-19 dashboard.

  • There have been some concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine, but the data continues to suggest that it is safe and effective.
  • How Covid bounced back after previous lockdowns.
  • Experts caution the government against allowing overseas holidays.

 

Education

 

The economy

  • A year of Covid lockdowns has cost the UK economy £251 billion. As a consequence government borrowing levels remain very high.

 

The labour market

Data taken from the Office for National Statistics data on unemployment and NEET levels.

 

Changing patterns of work

 

Student recruitment and development

Insights

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