Covid bulletin #26
This is the twenty-sixth of a series of bulletins produced by ISE to update members on key data and policy on Covid-19. This covers the period 17/09/2020-23/09/2020.
You can access all of the Covid-19 bulletins on ISE insights.
Latest Covid-19 data
The spike in cases continued to gather pace over the last week with the number of cases doubling. The number of deaths continues to remains low although it is rising again. The UK has now had a total of 409,729 identified Covid-19 cases and 41,862 deaths. The number of worldwide Covid cases has passed 30 million.
- The Prime Minister has warned that the UK is entering the second wave of Covid.
Changes to lockdown and social distancing
- The government announced new measures to control Covid including £10,000 fines for failing to self-isolate and advising people to work from home. Leading some to fear that a new national lockdown was on its way. Dr Andrew Lee, a public health expert, provides some commentary on the new regulations.
- The number of people covered by local lockdowns increased with further restrictions in the North East.
- Schools are struggling to deal with the number of Covid cases they are experiencing. The number of tests available for schools is insufficient to meet the need.
- Concerns have already begun to be voiced about the viability and need for a plan for next year’s GCSEs and A levels.
- A large number of universities began term over the last week, but there were concerns that campuses may have to close again due to the spike in cases.
The labour market
- The Chancellor is reported to be considering new jobs schemes to ward off growing unemployment.
The student labour market
- Concerns about youth unemployment continue to grow. The Youth Employment Group publish their recommendations as to how government should address the youth labour market.
- Information is emerging about the Kickstart scheme (including this useful video for employers).
- Graduate labour market update from Charlie Ball.
- Visit the ISEs student recruitment and development events calendar.