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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The latest news from across Gloucestershire on Friday, August 13

The ongoing coronavirus situation is changing by the hour with announcements being made about businesses and services that are being forced to adapt and change.

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Friday, August 13

Update #8896 12.04 Job ads on the rise

There were 1.7 million active job advertisements in the UK in the first week of August.

Adverts for photographers were up by 19 per cent on the week before. Insurance underwriters were sought after by 15.5 per cent more and plasterer job ads increased by eight per cent.

This is according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

This is the highest number of job adverts since mid-May.

However, adverts for teaching professionals and playworkers declined by 14.7 and 20 per cent respectively.

As reported by the BBC Katie Shoesmith, Deputy chief executive of the REC said:

"Recruiters are working flat out to help find the best people but there are shortages of workers in almost every sector across the country," she explained.

While she said that this is "starting to translate" into higher pay and better benefits for some workers in particular sectors, she added that employers also need "more support from government", including a more flexible immigration system and an "effective, long-term plan on skills."

"We mustn't overlook the thousands of workers who need a chance to skill up and improve their earnings but this alone won't meet demand," she added. 

Update #8895 - 08.57 Latest coronavirus figures for the UK and Gloucestershire

The latest data for coronavirus cases and deaths of patients with COVID-19 were released yesterday by the Government's department of health and social care and NHS England.

Updated UK figures show the total number of deaths within 28 days of positive test rose to 130,701 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 94 on the previous day's figures.

Across the UK, 33,074 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hour period and 6,179,506 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 47,170,968 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of August 12 and 40,013,470 have received their second dose.

Latest Public Health England figures show that the total number of cases within the county since the start of the pandemic rose to 37,232, as of Thursday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test has remained at 930.

Cases for the latest 24-hour period are split across the following regions:

Gloucester - 10,289 cases (increase of 83)

Cheltenham - 6,831 cases (increase of 69)

Stroud - 6,280 cases (increase of 83)

Tewkesbury - 5,127 cases (increase of 43)

Forest of Dean - 4,605 cases (increase of 23)

Cotswold - 4,100 cases (increase of 39)

Thursday, August 12

Update #8895 - 08.51 Latest coronavirus figures for the UK and Gloucestershire

The latest data for coronavirus cases and deaths of patients with COVID-19 were released yesterday by the Government's department of health and social care and NHS England.

Updated UK figures show the total number of deaths within 28 days of positive test rose to 130,607 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 104 on the previous day's figures.

Across the UK, 29,612 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hour period and 6,146,800 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 47,129,400 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of August 11 and 39,839,709 have received their second dose.

Latest Public Health England figures show that the total number of cases within the county since the start of the pandemic rose to 36,892, as of Wednesday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test has remained at 930.

Cases for the latest 24-hour period are split across the following regions:

Gloucester - 10,206 cases (increase of 101)

Cheltenham - 6,762 cases (increase of 61)

Stroud - 6,197 cases (increase of 55)

Tewkesbury - 5,084 cases (increase of 47)

Forest of Dean - 4,582 cases (increase of 36)

Cotswold - 4,061 cases (increase of 34)

Wednesday, August 11

Update #8896 - 09.45 Deliveroo orders double as lockdown habits continue

Food delivery service Deliveroo has revealed a double in orders to 148.8 million in the first half of the year, as the demand of its services strengthened.

The firm also said that the value of its transactions had also doubled to £3.4bn, contributing to a narrowing of pre-tax losses to £104.8m when compared to a pre-tax loss of £128.4m for the same period in 2020.

Deliveroo said it expected customer behaviour to moderate over the coming months, but remailed "excited about the opportunity ahead".

Chief executive Will Shu said: "Demand has been high amongst consumers. We have widened our consumer base, seen people continuing to order frequently and we now work with more food merchants than any other platform in the UK.

"At the same time, more riders are choosing to continue to work with the company because they value the work we offer." 

Update #8895 - 08.27 Latest coronavirus figures for the UK and Gloucestershire

The latest data for coronavirus cases and deaths of patients with COVID-19 were released yesterday by the Government's department of health and social care and NHS England.

Updated UK figures show the total number of deaths within 28 days of positive test rose to 130,503 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 146 on the previous day's figures.

Across the UK, 23,510 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hour period and 6,117,540 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 47,091,889 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of August 9 and 39,688,566 have received their second dose.

Latest Public Health England figures show that the total number of cases within the county since the start of the pandemic sits at 36,558, as of Tuesday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test has risen to 930.

Cases for the latest 24 hour period are split across the following regions:

Gloucester - 10,105 cases (increase of 57)

Cheltenham - 6,701 cases (increase of 55)

Stroud - 6,142 cases (increase of 38)

Tewkesbury - 5,037 cases (increase of 28)

Forest of Dean - 4,546 cases (increase of 12)

Cotswold - 4,027 cases (increase of 27) 

Tuesday, August 10

Update #8894- 11.36 BioNTech to make billions this year from vaccines

Vaccine making pharmaceutical giant BioNTech has been able to reverse its fortunes this year, going from £75m profit in the second quarter of last year to £2.3 billion in the second quarter of this year.

The German company worked with Pfizer to create one of the most widely distributed coronavirus vaccines, leading it to become a household name.

It expects to gain £13.5 billion in profit from the vaccine alone at the end of the year, after distributing over a billion doses, with plans to spend a lot of that money on research and development. It has signed agreements to provide around 2.2 billion doses of the covid vaccine. 

Update #8894 - 11.18 Ocado workers told they can work remotely 'anywhere in the world'

Employees of online supermarket business Ocado are being allowed to work from anywhere they want for one month a year.

The firm's chief people officer Claire Ainscough told The Times that staff requests to work internationally had become a "top question" during the pandemic and this offer is a response to that.

Ocado hopes the option will prove popular with staff who want to spend time with friends and family overseas, without having to use their annual leave.

Update #8863 - 10.59 Deliveroo shares jump 11 per cent after rival buys stake

Online food delivery platform Delivery Hero has purchased a five per cent stake in Deliveroo, boosting its share price.

Deliveroo shares rose 11 per cent to 360p yesterday after the news, its highest price since it went public in March 2021.

The deal is estimated to be worth around £284 million, according to the BBC.

Update #8862 - 08.30 Latest coronavirus figures for the UK and Gloucestershire

The latest data for coronavirus cases and deaths of patients with COVID-19 were released yesterday by the Government's department of health and social care and NHS England.

Updated UK figures show the total number of deaths within 28 days of positive test rose to 130,357 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 37 on the previous day's figures.

Across the UK, 25,161 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hour period and 6,094,243 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 47,059,639 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of August 8 and 39,551,538 have received their second dose.

Latest Public Health England figures show that the total number of cases within the county since the start of the pandemic sits at 36,341, as of Monday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test remains at 928.

Cases for the latest 24 hour period are split across the following regions:

Gloucester - 10,048 cases (increase of 41)

Cheltenham - 6,646 cases (increase of 50)

Stroud - 6,104 cases (increase of 43)

Tewkesbury - 5,009 cases (increase of 34)

Forest of Dean - 4,534 cases (increase of 18)

Cotswold - 4,000 cases (increase of 31)

Monday, August 9

Update #8861 - 11.23 July footfall down 28 per cent on pre-pandemic levels

According the latest BRC-Sensormatic IQ Footfall monitor, overall retail footfall in July was below pre-pandemic levels.

Findings show that total UK footfall dropped by 28 per cent in July compared to 2019, as bad weather kept shoppers away from bricks and mortar stores for most of the month.

Footfall on high streets decreased by 34.6 per cent, while shopping centre retail saw a 38.4 per cent decline. Retail parks saw a lesser decline of 15 per cent on 2019 figures.

BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said: "After improvements in footfall in the early part of 2021, the situation has plateaued with little change in footfall levels for a third month in a row.

"However, the last week of July offered a glimmer of hope for retailers as the easing of restrictions lead to the best weekly performance of 2021." 

Update #8860 - 08.34 Latest coronavirus figures for the UK and Gloucestershire

The latest data for coronavirus cases and deaths of patients with COVID-19 were released yesterday by the Government's department of health and social care and NHS England.

Updated UK figures show the total number of deaths within 28 days of positive test rose to 130,320 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 39 on the previous day's figures.

Across the UK, 27,429 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hour period and 6,069,362 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 47,036,796 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of August 7 and 39,429,468 have received their second dose.

Latest Public Health England figures show that the total number of cases within the county since the start of the pandemic sits at 36,124, as of Sunday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test remains at 928.

Cases for the latest 24 hour period are split across the following regions:

Gloucester - 10,007 cases

Cheltenham - 6,596 cases

Stroud - 6,061 cases

Tewkesbury - 4,975 cases

Forest of Dean - 4,516 cases

Cotswold - 3,969 cases 

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