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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The latest news from across Gloucestershire on Friday, September 24

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, September 24

Update #8966 - 08.25 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 135,803 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 182 on the previous day's figures.

Across the UK, 36,710 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24-hour period and 7,565,867 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 48,674,154 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of September 22 and 44,600,070 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 47,515, as of Thursday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test sits at 954.

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

Gloucester - 12,445 cases (increase of 23)

Cheltenham - 8,747 cases (increase of eight)

Stroud - 8,397 cases (increase of 34)

Tewkesbury - 6,494 cases (increase of 11)

Forest of Dean - 5,955 cases (increase of 16)

Cotswold - 5,477 cases (increase of 15)

Thursday, September 23

Update #8965 - 11.55 Travel rule change delayed by test shortage

With the October half-term getaway fast approaching, changes to the Covid travel rules are being scuppered by a shortage of lateral flow tests.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said the shortage means the date when PCR tests will be removed for travellers returning to England has been delayed, as reported by the BBC,

Mr Shapps said it would take several weeks to switch from PCR tests to lateral flow tests for returning travellers.

Under the new rules, "day two" PCR tests will be replaced by cheaper lateral flow tests for fully vaccinated travellers returning to England in October.

Update #8964 - 10.00 Two more energy companies collapse

Two more energy companies have collapsed sending the number of customers affected to nearly 1.5 million.

Avro Energy and Green - serving more than 800,000 customers between them - have ceased trading as the wholesale price of energy soars and suppliers find their pricing curtailed by statutory caps designed to protect consumers from sudden hikes.

Green has 255,000 customers and 185 staff. Avro has 580,000 customers. The two companies supply 2.9% of the UK domestic energy market.

The energy crisis has already been felt in the wider economy with the closure of two fertiliser plants leading to a shortage of carbon dioxide, affecting food and drink production and forcing the government to step in with offers of tens of millions of pounds in subsidy.

Update #8963 - 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 135,621 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 166 on the previous day's figures.

Across the UK, 34,460 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24-hour period and 7,530,103 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 48,644,692 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of September 21 and 44,556,005 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 47,410, as of Wednesday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test sits at 954.

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

Gloucester - 12,422 cases (increase of 22)

Cheltenham - 8,741 cases (increase of 19)

Stroud - 8,363 cases (increase of 28)

Tewkesbury - 6,483 cases (increase of 11)

Forest of Dean - 5,939 cases (increase of 25)

Cotswold - 5,462 cases (increase of 17)

Wednesday, September 22

Update #8962 - 10.20 AstraZeneca snubs UK for Ireland

Drug company AstraZeneca is to build its new factory in Ireland instead of the UK following the Government's decision to order booster jabs from US rival Pfizer instead.

The pharmaceuticals giant confirmed that the £263 million plant will be set up at the Alexion Campus in College Park, Dublin, rather than in Macclesfield.

The decision comes despite the UK Government giving AstraZeneca £55 million in subsidies. The plant will create 100 high-skilled jobs in Ireland.

Pascal Soriot, Astra's boss, said the move would allow for the development of 'high value-added medicines.'

Update #8961 - 10.15 Taxpayer rescues carbon dioxide production

The taxpayer is to step in with tens of millions of pounds to keep CO2 production going.

The country faced a crisis that food producers were warning could cause empty shelves within days after two fertiliser plants were closed because of soaring energy prices.

The Environment Secretary George Eustice has told the BBC that the deal with American-owned CF Industries will not be a loan but a 'payment to underwrite some of their fixed costs'.

The closure threatened supplies of fertiliser to farmers but also, more urgently, carbon dioxide used in meat processing and the fizzy drinks industry.

Update #8960 - 08.25 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 135,455 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 203 on the previous day's figures.

Across the UK, 31,564 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24-hour period and 7,496,543 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 48,617,703 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of September 20 and 44,512,572 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 47,288, as of Tuesday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test increased to 954.

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

Gloucester - 12,400 cases (increase of 41)

Cheltenham - 8,722 cases (increase of 36)

Stroud - 8,335 cases (increase of 36)

Tewkesbury - 6,472 cases (increase of 26)

Forest of Dean - 5,914 cases (increase of 37)

Cotswold - 5,445 cases (increase of 26)

Tuesday, September 21

Update #8959 - 08.28 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 135,252 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 49 on the previous day's figures.

Across the UK, 36,100 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24-hour period and 7,465,448 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 48,593,019 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of September 19 and 44,466,121 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 47,086, as of Monday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test sits at 953.

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

Gloucester - 12,359 cases (increase of 48)

Cheltenham - 8,686 cases (increase of 46)

Stroud - 8,299 cases (increase of 41)

Tewkesbury - 6,446 cases (increase of 38)

Forest of Dean - 5,877 cases (increase of 33)

Cotswold - 5,419 cases (increase of 42)

Monday, September 20

Update #8958 - 10.50 Crisis talks over energy prices

Energy companies are in crisis as wholesale prices rise while consumer prices are protected from sudden hikes.

The Government is understood to be considering loans as companies struggle to stay afloat.

Four smaller companies have stopped trading in the last few weeks including People's Energy and Utility Point.

The country's sixth largest energy company - Bulb - is asking for an emergency bail out. Other smaller companies are likely to go bust without government intervention.

Update #8957 - 10.45 Lifting of travel restrictions welcomed

Airlines, the travel industry and business have welcomed the Government's relaxation of travel restrictions.

Industry body Airlines UK said simplifying the traffic light system and reducing testing requirements was 'a positive step' towards the full reopening of air travel.

The amber and green lists for travel are being scrapped from 4th October, leaving just a smaller red list.

People who have had two jabs will not need to take a test before departure. The PCR test on return will be replaced with a lateral flow test.

The British Chambers of Commerce said the move would provide business with 'confidence and clarity'.

Update #8956 - 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 135,203 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 56 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 7,429,746 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 48,573,881 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of September 18 and 44,428,209 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 46,838, as of Sunday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test sits at 953.

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

Gloucester - 12,311 cases

Cheltenham - 8,640 cases

Stroud - 8,258 cases

Tewkesbury - 6,408 cases

Forest of Dean - 5,844 cases

Cotswold - 5,377 cases

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