Fewer than one in 5 folks working in cities throughout the UK had returned to the workplace by the top of July, figures have revealed.
A report from the Centre for Cities thinktank mentioned employee footfall in 30 large cities stood at a mean of simply 18% of pre-pandemic ranges within the instant aftermath of most Covid legal guidelines being scrapped in England.
The largest migration of staff again to the workplace has occurred in Brighton, with 49% of individuals having returned to their desks, an increase of 6% on the earlier week. This was adopted by Gloucester (39%), Southend (38%) and York (37%).
Cities the place solely a fraction of staff have gone again to the workplace embody Glasgow, with an 8% determine – the town has had coronavirus restrictions in drive for longer, given Scotland’s slower easing than England – adopted by London and Oxford (15%) and Sheffield and Milton Keynes (16%).
Daytime employee footfall fell by 1% within the ultimate week of July in contrast with the earlier seven days, and on common was working at barely half the pre-Covid ranges:
New Zealand particulars plans to reopen border
New Zealand will proceed to pursue its bold Covid-19 elimination technique indefinitely, Jacinda Ardern has mentioned, including that borders would by no means be the identical as she laid out plans for a cautious, phased, reopening of the nation.
The prime minister set out the nation’s much-awaited reopening technique on Thursday, and warned that New Zealand would at all times want some form of safety at its border. “Similar to after 9/11, the border won’t ever be the identical after Covid … issues can change, however that doesn’t imply we are able to’t adapt to them in a manner that ultimately feels regular once more.”
Nonetheless, she additionally indicated, that every one going properly, vaccinated travellers from low-risk nations shall be allowed to skip quarantine and enter the nation early subsequent 12 months.
There are additionally plans to hurry up the vaccine rollout to guard in opposition to the specter of the Delta variant.
New Zealand’s elimination technique, which has included strict border measures, brief and intensive lockdowns and fast contract-tracing strategies, has proved profitable, with no group circumstances of the virus in 165 days and a complete of 26 deaths because the pandemic started:
England ends ‘pingdemic’ for vaccinated
Totally vaccinated folks in England will now not be legally required to self-isolate upon contact with a optimistic Covid case from Monday, and can as a substitute be suggested to take a PCR check – in a marked shift from guidelines which have led to greater than 14m directions to remain at house.
Ministers have confirmed that the authorized requirement to isolate shall be changed with non-binding recommendation to take a check for the double-jabbed, in addition to these 18 and beneath. And those that do come into contact with the contaminated won’t be informed to isolate whereas ready for his or her outcomes. For individuals who do check optimistic, isolation will proceed: