The number of adults experiencing depression has almost doubled during the pandemic, according to new figures.
Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that almost one in five adults (19.2 per cent) were likely to be experiencing some form of depression in June.
– British tourists flock to south west coast but locals refuse to welcome them
Residents in the south west of England are reluctant to welcome more guests as large numbers of tourists decide against holidaying abroad and turn to vacations closer to home.
Many locals would have preferred lockdown to continue – but the region relied heavily on its tourism industry.
– Australia ‘to give all citizens free vaccine’
Australia will manufacture a coronavirus vaccine and give it to its citizens free, prime minister Scott Morrison has pledged.
The country has signed a deal with drugmaker AstraZeneca to secure a potential vaccine and plans to produce and distribute enough doses for its population, he announced.
“Under this deal we have secured early access for every Australian,” he said in an emailed statement.
“If this vaccine proves successful, we will manufacture and supply vaccines straight away under our own steam and make it free for 25 million Australians.”
Countries around the world are looking to secure supplies of Astrazeneca’s potential vaccine. Argentina and Mexico said last week they would produce it for much of Latin America.
Mr Morrison, however, warned that while AstraZeneca’s candidate is showing early promise, there was no guarantee it would materialise as an effective tool in preventing Covid-19.