Coronavirus UK Update: virus death rate plummets with 30 deaths a day on average

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In the week ending July 24, the number of deaths fell from 295 the week before according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. This fall represents a drop to an average of 30 a day.

– According to the latest figures, 305,623 have tested positive for Covid-19, with 938 additional cases recorded in the past 24 hours. The numbers released by the Government cover fatalities in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. Meanwhile, the scientist who discovered SARS was extremely worried about the gravity of coronavirus back in January, months before it was declared a pandemic.

-Key workers like nurses, teachers, and police officers could be given priority access to more affordable housing in the capital under proposals drawn up by Sadiq Khan.

The Mayor of London said the pandemic had shown how such workers were needed to keep London running “even during a time of crisis”.

Vast swathes of the capital are unaffordable for people on lower and middle salaries, with average rents in many inner areas coming to 75 per cent of average incomes by some measures.

– Microbusiness owners including retailers, hairdressers and builders fear they have just nine weeks left before being forced to stop trading despite lockdown being eased.

A study of 1,000 microbusiness owners – those with less than 10 employees – revealed the pandemic has had a crippling effect on their finances.

Three quarters of those polled are unsure how they will continue to keep their business afloat in the coming weeks and months.

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