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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The latest news from across Gloucestershire on Friday, July 9

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.

Punchline is committed to trying to keep you up to date with all the news that matters to you and your business.

Our team will update this story throughout the day, to ensure the latest important developments can be found in one - clickbait free - place.

If you or your business has any news, views or advice to share with the Gloucestershire business community, get in touch with Punchline team at news@moosemarketingandpr.co.uk.

Friday, July 9

Update #8800 - 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 128,336 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 35 on the previous day's figures.

Across the UK, 32,551 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hour period and 5,022,893 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 45,601,445 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of July 7 and 34,198,779 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 27,415, as of Thursday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test remains at 922.

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

Gloucester - 7,819 cases (increase of 53)

Cheltenham - 4,859 cases (increase of 44)

Stroud - 4,440 cases (increase of 31)

Tewkesbury - 3,822 cases (increase of 29)

Forest of Dean - 3,426 cases (increase of 24)

Cotswold - 3,049 cases (increase of 31)

Thursday, July 8

Update #8799 - 10.30 Government to review sale of microchip firm to Chinese

The Prime Minister has called for an investigation into the sale of a South Wales-based microchip manufacturer to a Chinese-owned company.

As reported by Punchline Gloucester yesterday, Newport Wafer Fab, the UK's biggest manufacturer of semiconductors, has been sold to Nexperia which is owned by the Chinese firm Wingtech Technology.

While signalling a review, Boris Johnson told MPs he did not want an "anti-China spirit" to turn away every investment from China.

There is currently a global shortage of microchips which is affecting car and technology manufacturers.

Update #8798 - 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 128,301 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 33 on the previous day's figures.

Across the UK, 32,548 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hour period and 4,990,916 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 45,514,492 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of July 6 and 34,027,302 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 27,203, as of Wednesday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test remains at 922.

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

Gloucester - 7,766 cases (increase of 60)

Cheltenham - 4,815 cases (increase of 31)

Stroud - 4,409 cases (increase of 44)

Tewkesbury - 3,793 cases (increase of 31)

Forest of Dean - 3,402 cases (increase of 18)

Cotswold - 3,018 cases (increase of 30)

Wednesday, July 7

Update #8799 - 13.15 Online deliveries for groceries continue to grow.

Two major online grocery operators have reported continued sales growth despite an easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Trading updates from Sainsbury's and Ocado suggest there has been no let-up in the trend as customers continue to eat meals at home despite the reopening of pubs and restaurants, Sky News reports.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the supermarket sector to invest heavily as demand for deliveries surged as people stayed at home.

Sainsbury's said 18% of all food sales were now made via its website compared with 8% pre-pandemic. Meanwhile, Ocado said its joint venture with M&S enjoyed a 20% rise in revenue during the first half of its financial year to 30th May

Update #8798 - 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 128,268 - 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, 28,773 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hour period and 4,958,868 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 45,428,681 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of July 5 and 33,874,176 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 26,989, as of Tuesday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test remains at 922.

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

Gloucester - 7,706 cases (increase of 54)

Cheltenham - 4,784 cases (increase of 35)

Stroud - 4,365 cases (increase of 29)

Tewkesbury - 3,762 cases (increase of 38)

Forest of Dean - 3,384 cases (increase of 14)

Cotswold - 2,988 cases (increase of 26)

Tuesday, July 6

Update #8797 - 13.15 Self isolation to end for 'double jabbed'

Health Secretary Sajid Javid says the 'double jabbed' will no longer have to self-isolate if they've come into contact with a person who has had a positive test.

The new rules are set to be in place from 16th August.

He told the House of Commons that both doses could reduce symptomatic infection by almost 80%.

But he said that double jabbed people contacted by NHS Test and Trace to say they'd been close to someone who had coronavirus would still be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible.

And anyone that tests positive would have to self-isolate whether they had had the jab or not. He described the vaccine as a "wall of defence".

Update #8796 - 12.05 Call for no 'rush' to return to office working

A leading human resources charity has urged caution on changes to working arrangements, following the Prime Minister's announcement yesterday.

From 19th July workers will be able to go back to the office when Covid restrictions are due to end.

Government guidance that people should work from home where they can, is set to end.

But human resources body Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development said the changes "shouldn't signal a mass return to workplaces".

Peter Cheese, CIPD CEO, said: "Businesses shouldn't rush to simply revert to how they used to work now we have experience and evidence that it can be done differently, and with positive impacts on employee health and wellbeing, inclusion and productivity."

Update #8795 - 12.00 School Covid rules set to change

Rules for schools on Covid testing are set to change after complaints about the number of children being sent home.

The Government is expected to move away from sending "bubbles" home after a single positive test result.

There has been concern that thousands of pupils may be missing school unnecessarily.

Last month the number sent home for Covid-related reasons quadrupled - but only about 4% were confirmed cases, with most pupils sent home because of a potential contact at school.

Last week more than 375,000 children were sent home.

Update #8794 - 11.55 Future of Covid tracing app uncertain

A question mark hangs over the NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app.

Restrictions are due to relax on 19th July. The Prime Minister indicated that the QR code would be scrapped as a requirement to enter venues.

The BBC reports that there have been complaints from businesses that the app is sending out too many alerts, causing disruption as employees are sent home.

But Government advisor, Professor Alan Woodward said: "It can be a nuisance but it's a nuisance for a reason."

Update #8793 - 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 128,231 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

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

Across the UK, 27,334 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hour period and 4,930,534 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 45,351,719 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of July 4 and 33,726,362 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 26,793, as of Monday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test remains at 922.

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

Gloucester - 7,652 cases (increase of 74)

Cheltenham - 4,749 cases (increase of 40)

Stroud - 4,336 cases (increase of 32)

Tewkesbury - 3,724 cases (increase of 30)

Forest of Dean - 3,370 cases (increase of 22)

Cotswold - 2,962 cases (increase of 23)

Monday, July 5

Update #8792 - 12.18 John Lewis plans to build 10,000 homes

Department store John Lewis has revealed plans to move into the residential property market, in an effort to address the national housing shortage.

The business said that over the next few years, it wanted to build 10,000 homes across the UK, with tenants having the opportunity to rent furnished with John Lewis products or use their own.

John Lewis said it would give the firm a long-term income, as well as provide new job opportunities within the group. More than 7,000 of the homes will also be on sites in its existing property portfolio.

Nina Bhatia, executive director of strategy and commercial development for the John Lewis Partnership, told the BBC: "As a business driven by social purpose, we have big ambitions for moving into property rental".

Update #8791 - 10.29 Jeff Bezos steps down as boss of Amazon

After founding the company 27 years ago to the day, Mr Bezos's reign at Amazon ends today.

The billionaire is to step away from day-to-day running of the business and will become executive chair of the board.

And aside from Amazon, he intends devote some of his new found free time for a flight into space later this month on the first crewed expedition made by his company Blue Origin.

Mr Bezos's replacement is current chief executive of Amazon Web Services Andy Jassy, who joined the company in 1997. 

Update #8790 - 10.07 PM to announce England's final Covid lockdown easing

Later today, PM Boris Johnson is reportedly expected to confirm that the majority of remaining Covid lockdown restrictions will be lifted from July 19.

At a No 10 conference at 5pm, he is set to outline changes to face coverings, social distancing, care home visits and working from home.

In a statement, Mr Johnson said he "must stress that the pandemic is not over and that cases will continue to rise over the coming weeks."

And said he added that he would "set out how we can restore people's freedoms".

Update #8789 - 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 128,222 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 15 on the previous day's figures.

Across the UK, 24,248 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hour period and 4,903,434 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 45,274,497 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of July 3 and 33,614,952 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 26,572, as of Sunday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test remains at 922.

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

Gloucester - 7,578 cases

Cheltenham - 4,709 cases

Stroud - 4,304 cases

Tewkesbury - 3,694 cases

Forest of Dean - 3,348 cases

Cotswold - 2,939 cases

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