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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The latest news from across Gloucestershire on Friday, September 3

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 3

Update #8933 - 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 132,920 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 178 on the previous day's figures.

Across the UK, 38,154people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hour period and 6,862,904 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 48,131,996 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of September 2 and 43,023,372 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 43,398, as of Thursday afternoon, an increase of 364.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test sits at 944.

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

Gloucester - 11,623 cases (increase of 67)

Cheltenham - 8,068 cases (increase of 62)

Stroud - 7,577 cases (increase of 77)

Tewkesbury - 5,940 cases (increase of 51)

Forest of Dean - 5,337 cases (increase of 62)

Cotswold - 4,853 cases (increase of 45)

Thursday, September 2

Update #8932- 09.53 Credit card usage surges 

Credit card usage on the August bank holiday weekend was the highest amount in the UK since Christmas 2019. Leisure and hospitality industries had the most credit card usage, with the number of people venturing onto the high street only 18.6 per cent lower than in August of 2019.

Credit card transactions were 9.4 per cent higher than in the same month two years ago and 14.4 per cent higher than last year. This is according to data by Barclaycard, who process a third of all UK card transactions.

Update #8931 - 09.37 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 132,742 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 207 on the previous day's figures.

Across the UK, 35,693 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hour period and 6,825,074 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 48,086,605 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of September 1 and 42,908,022 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 43,034, as of Wednesday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test is 944, an increase of 4.

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

Gloucester - 11,556 cases (increase of 49)

Cheltenham - 8,006 cases (increase of 36)

Stroud - 7,500 cases (increase of 58)

Tewkesbury - 5,889 cases (increase of 22)

Forest of Dean - 5,275 cases (increase of 39)

Cotswold - 4,808 cases (increase of 33)

Wednesday, September 1

Update #8930 - 10.01 Shop prices went up in August 

Prices of items in shops have gone up by 0.4 per cent in the last month, a report by the British Retail Consortium has revealed. This is due to the driver and supply chain shortage that has been caused by the 'pingdemic' and a post-Brexit shortage of workers. A shortage of microchips caused a large increase in prices of electrical items.

This is thought to affect the prices and supply of items at Christmas, with some toys thought to be in short supply by the time December comes around.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the BRC, said: "There was a slight rise in prices on the previous month. There are some modest indications that rising costs are starting to filter through into product prices.

"Food retailers are fighting to keep their prices down as far as possible. But mounting pressures - from rising commodity and shipping costs as well as Brexit-related red tape, mean this will not be sustainable for much longer, and food price rises are likely in the coming months.

"Disruption has been limited so far, but in the run-up to Christmas the situation could get worse, and customers may see reduced choice and increased prices for their favourite products and presents."

Update #8929 - 09.46 Vaccine passports for event venues to go ahead

The government has announced its intent to roll on with plans to use vaccine passports in nightclubs and events venues. This means that from the end of September, concert, sporting event and nightclub goers will be required to prove double vaccination.

The Prime Minister's spokesperson said: "We set out broadly our intention to require our vaccination for nightclubs and some other settings and we'll be coming forward in the coming weeks with details for that,"

Politicians on both sides and leaders in the hospitality industry have criticised the plans. Labour has called the plans "costly, open to fraud and impractical."

Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey tweeted: "As predicted the Government has reheated their Covid ID card scheme.

"They are divisive, unworkable and expensive and the Liberal Democrats will oppose them."

Update #8928 - 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 132,535 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 50 on the previous day's figures.

Across the UK, 32,181 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hour period and 6,789,581 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 48,048,009 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of August 30 and 42,790,585 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 42,797, as of Tuesday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test is 940.

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

Gloucester - 11,507 cases (increase of 50)

Cheltenham - 7,970 cases (increase of 32)

Stroud - 7,442 cases (increase of 62)

Tewkesbury - 5,867 cases (increase of 35)

Forest of Dean - 5,236 cases (increase of 22)

Cotswold - 4,775 cases (increase of 28)

Tuesday, August 31

Update #8927 - 12.46 Ryanair predicts sharp increase in foreign holidays

European short-haul flights will help Ryanair achieve a "very strong recovery", says its CEO, Michael O'Leary.

Ryanair is Europe's largest airline if it is looked at through the lens of passenger count.

The addition of more places onto the UK's green list for travel, alongside the easing of costly restrictions for fully vaccinated holiday-goers will increase demand for autumn and winter holidays.

"Through the winter, pricing will continue to build, but it will still be below pre-Covid," Mr O'Leary said at a news conference.

"We don't expect pricing to go back to pre-Covid levels until the summer of 2022," he added.

Update #8926 - 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 132,485 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 48 on the previous day's figures.

Across the UK, 26,476 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hour period and 6,757,650 since the outbreak began.

But on a more positive note, 48,024,928 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of August 29 and 42,718,652 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 42,568, as of Monday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test is 940.

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

Gloucester - 11,457 cases

Cheltenham - 7,938 cases

Stroud - 7,380 cases

Tewkesbury - 5,832 cases

Forest of Dean - 5,214 cases

Cotswold - 4,747 cases

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