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- Covid test kit supplier joked to Hancock he had ‘never heard of him’
- Homeless and rough sleepers in England prioritised for vaccine
- Labour demands Johnson corrects record on party’s NHS deal vote
- Violence against women an ‘epidemic’ that needs more resources
I think we probably now have higher confidence that there will be consumption-led recovery even without intervention… Consumer confidence is at different levels and there’s actually a lot of pent-up desire.
Investment is different and has really suffered. It’s down 20% year on year and unlocking that is probably something where policy can make a real difference.
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The UK has recorded 6,753 new coronavirus cases, according to today’s government dashboard update. That is the highest daily figure for almost two weeks, and as a result new cases are now down 13.8% week on week, whereas yesterday they were down 20.1% week on week. But the amount of testing being carried out week by week is up by almost 70%, which would help to explain a rise in positive cases being uncovered.
And the UK has recorded 181 further deaths. Over the last week the total number of deaths is down 35.9% on the total for the previous seven days.