Coronavirus - 18 August


•  UK YoY inflation fell to 2.0% in July, from 2.5% in June
•  Israel brings in new proof of vaccine requirements for public space.
•  New York is the first US city to require proof of vaccination for some venue.
•  Qantas airlines to require frontline staff to be vaccinate.
•  Nando’s closes 50 UK outlets due to supplier staffing issues

World news

• Israel begins new measures requiring vaccination certificates or negative tests to enter public spaces. This includes restaurants, bars, cultural and sports venues, hotels and gyms

• New York has become the first US city to require proof of vaccination to enter gyms, theatres and restaurants.

• Qantas airlines is to require all of its frontline employees to be vaccinated. This includes cabin crew, pilots and airport workers.

• New Zealand’s cluster in Auckland has grown to ten, with genomic sequencing linking it to the Delta outbreak that began in Sydney. The country went into national lockdown on Monday.

• The UK inflation rate fell to 2% in the year to July, from 2.5% in the year to June, driven by price falls in clothing and footwear. The price of games, toys and hobbies were also down along with package holidays, which fell slightly compared with a year ago. However, the decreases were largely offset by price rises in transport, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

• UK property prices rose by 13.2% in the year to the end of June, according to the ONS. The increase was driven by the North West and North East of England as well as Wales, Yorkshire and the Humber. The price of the average UK home was £266,000. Annual UK house price change by region Source: National Statistics, HM Land Registry

• Total spending by the Scottish and UK governments and other public bodies rose to £99.2bn, while income from taxes fell to £62.8bn. This leaves a public spending deficit of £36.3bn, equating to 22.4% of GDP. The deficit for the UK as a whole over the same period was 14.2% of GDP.

• Nando’s has closed 50 outlets because of supply problems. The group has blamed the closures on staffing issues at its suppliers' factories and said it has seconded 70 staff to the suppliers to resolve the issue.

• Mental health referrals from GPs in Northern Ireland fell by 29% in the 12 months from February 2020.