Covid bulletin #54: Enter the ‘Indian variant’

May 20, 2021 | Sector & policy

This is the 54th 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 6th May – 19th May 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 4.4 million identified Covid-19 cases and 151,000 deaths (with Covid on the death certificate).

The number of cases and deaths are continuing to fall most weeks although the last full week of data saw a small rise in case numbers. However, there is concern that the growth of the ‘Indian variant’ may result in a new surge.

The international picture is more worrying with the number of cases peaking again over the last couple of weeks. This has led some to ask what lessons can be learned to prevent this from happening again.


Covid news

Data from the government’s Covid-19 dashboard.

  • Stage 3 of the lockdown roadmap took place as planned. But Devi Sridhar argues that there is a real risk of the third wave if the lockdown is eased too quickly.
  • There is growing evidence that vaccines prevent the transmission of Covid as well as its symptoms.




The economy


The labour market

Based on Office for National Statistics data on unemployment and NEET levels.


Changing patterns of work


Student recruitment and development

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