Flexible Furlough Starts Today And Daily COVID-19 Figures

The daily figures for the UK have been released with 176 new deaths and 829 new cases being announced.

While the English figures count deaths for yesterday in Scotland one new death was reported and eight new cases confirmed, while Wales had six new deaths with 32 new cases and in Northern Ireland no new deaths were reported and only one new case was announced.

This brings the total deaths to 43,906 and 313,483 positive cases.

In other COVID-19 related news the changes to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme came in to action today meaning that businesses can bring employees back to work on reduced hours.

It is also the final month that the Government will pay 80 percent of wages and employer National Insurance (ER NICS) and pension contributions before it starts

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “Our number one priority has always been to protect jobs and businesses through this outbreak.

“The furlough scheme, which will have been open for eight months by October, has been a lifeline for millions of people and as our economy reopens we want that support to continue.

“Giving firms the flexibility to bring back furloughed workers on a part-time basis will help them work gradually and help them plan for the months ahead.”

In sport, Wigan Athletic have become the first club to appoint administrators as football clubs struggle with the loss of income due to fans not being allowed to attend matches.