10 Things You Need To Know About the Effect of COVID-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has not gone away and continues to have a major impact on people’s lives.

You can explore the statistics that allow us to keep track of the pandemic; not just through the number of deaths or infections, but also with measures of the impact on the economy and businesses, as well as people’s well-being, working situation and their daily routine.

The Office for National Statistics has published 10 charts that show how the emergence of COVID-19 has affected life, society and the economy, including:

1. The number of deaths peaked at more than twice normal levels because of COVID-19


2. There have been more excess deaths in care homes and private homes than in hospitals


3. The mortality rate from COVID-19 has been highest among black men


4. The number of people newly infected with COVID-19 is increasing


5. The number of people visiting workplaces, shops and public transport hubs fell drastically because of lockdown


6. Parents working from home tended to work in the morning and carry out homeschooling duties later in the day


7. The economy is 11.7% smaller than it was pre-lockdown, despite recovering some ground since April


8. Almost one-third of jobs have been furloughed at some point, with young people most affected


9. With vacancies falling across all industries, people are competing for fewer jobs


10. Public sector debt has exceeded gross domestic product (GDP) for the first time since the early 1960s