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16 April 2020updated 06 Oct 2020 9:45am

Lunchtime summary: New data shows true impact of coronavirus on British society

By Samuel Horti

A series of Office for National Statistics (ONS) surveys published this morning has laid bare the impact of coronavirus on businesses, household incomes and mental health. 

Nearly half of Britons are suffering from high anxiety, while one in four businesses has closed because of the pandemic, the surveys showed. 

The data, collected over late March and early April, also confirmed that men, the elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions are most likely to die due to coronavirus. Covid-19 was the third most common cause of death in England and Wales in March, with nearly one in 10 deaths involving the disease.

You can read analysis of the surveys from our data team by scrolling down on this blog.

Meanwhile, former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband, now CEO and president of the International Rescue Committee, has written for New Statesman about the four contests that will shape the post-Covid-19 world. “As the global order fragments, the alternative is not utopia. It is common sense as well as common humanity,” he writes.

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