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01 September 2020
NHS Scotland is purchasing 300 new machines capable of conducting a minimum of 500,000 tests in 12 minutes. The machines supplied by UK-based life sciences company LumiraDx can be used in remote locations. See LINK for more details This news is on top of the announcement that 11 walk-through testing sites are being set-up in Scotland. See LINK for more details. Mo...
01 September 2020
New research released today by IGD reveals there is still a significant appetite for change among UK consumers to shift towards healthy and sustainable diets, as they continue to grapple with the impact of COVID-19. IGD’s new consumer research draws on data from more than 1,000 UK consumers collected in July 2020 to explore the impact of COVID-19 on attitudes to healthy and sustainable diets...
26 August 2020
Your overview of political and economic news with a focus on the food and consumer goods industry, featuring the latest guidance on COVID-19 and planning for the end of the transition period with the EU. Impact of re-opening schools Chief Medical Officers from England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland have issued a joint statement emphasising the importance of children returning to sch...
25 August 2020
The government has announced additional measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Oldham, Pendle and Blackburn. This includes: From midnight on Saturday 22 August, residents in these three areas should not socialise with anyone from outside their household. To avoid using public transport except for essential travel Local restaurants will be encouraged to halt walk-ins and only seat ...
25 August 2020
The government has announced that the Office for National Statistic’s Infection Survey will test 150,000 people every fortnight in England, up from 28,000. The aim is to increase this to 400,000 people The aim to help the government to be more accurate and more localized in its response to COVID-19 outbreaks. These tests are conducted on households representative of the population, whether ...
25 August 2020
Public Health England (PHE), NHS Test and Trace and the analytical capability of the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) are being brought together to form the new National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP). The main aim of NIHP is to control infectious disease and deal with pandemics or health protection crises. NIHP will have a range of responsibilities including: Providing support and...
24 August 2020
The seventh round of trade talks between the EU and the UK ended last week. Some progress was made on areas of mutual interest, such as energy co-operation and action against money laundering. There was, however, no sign of a breakthrough on the major “red-line” issues, such as fisheries, rules on state aid and market regulation. The positions of the two sides are mutually opposed and nei...
21 August 2020
The government’s list of “safer” travel destinations continues to evolve. Latest changes take effect from 22 August 2020. Portugal has now been added to the list, meaning that UK citizens returning to England from Portugal will no longer need to self-isolate. However, Austria, Croatia, Trinidad and Tobago have been removed, meaning that they are now considered more dangerous, requiring tr...
21 August 2020
On 20 August, the government of Scotland confirmed that Scotland remains at Phase 3 of the “roadmap” for recovery from coronavirus. Sports and indoor leisure facilities will re-open on or ahead of schedule, subject to suitable safety measures being undertaken. However, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also drawn attention to the suspected role of hospitality businesses and indoor gather...
20 August 2020
ONS data shows that annual “all items” inflation in the UK edged upwards slightly in July, moving from +0.8% to +1.1% when measured on the CPIH basis. There is some evidence that motor fuel costs, which fell during the coronavirus emergency, are now rising once more, as citizens begin to drive more for work and leisure. Furniture, household goods and clothing also exerted some upward pres...