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The location of every North West Covid-19 case as job losses soar

Written by on June 16, 2020

There are now 26,759 confirmed cases of coronavirus across Lancashire and the North West.

The latest data from Public Health England last night (June 15) show that in the area controlled by Lancashire County Council, there are now 3,792 confirmed cases of the virus.

In Blackburn with Darwen the number of Covid-19 cases stands at 420 while in Blackpool, cases stand at 676.

And while cases increased by 10, no further deaths were reported by any of Lancashire’s five hospital trusts.

It means the death toll for the county remains at 949.

230 patients have lost their lives under the care of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust while 216 have died at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

195 people have died at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and 165 people at the University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, which also has hospital sites outside of Lancashire.

143 people have lost their lives at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Across the North West as a whole, including Cumbria, Manchester, and Liverpool, there are now 26,759 cases.

There are 1,044 confirmed coronavirus cases in Bolton, 803 in Bury, 1,303 in Cheshire East, 1,206 in Cheshire West and Chester, 2,257 in Cumbria, 411 in Halton, 675 in Knowsley, 1,665 in Liverpool, 1,676 in Manchester, 1,138 in Oldham, 861 in Rochdale, 966 in Salford, 965 in Sefton, 759 in St Helens, 1,070 in Stockport, 832 in Tameside, 868 in Trafford, 799 in Warrington, 1,230 in Wigan, and 1,343 in Wirral.

Throughout the country, 600,000 workers have so far lost their jobs amid the coronavirus lockdown and benefit claims soared by a record 1.6 million.

But experts warn the worst is yet to come for Britain’s labour market.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said early estimates showed the number of paid employees dropped by 2.1% or 612,000 in May compared with March while job vacancies also slumped to a record low last month.

Claims under Universal Credit by the unemployed and those on low incomes jumped 23.3% month-on-month in May to 2.8 million and have rocketed 125.9% or 1.6 million since March – with a record rise of over 1 million in April alone.

The grim ONS data also showed the number of people temporarily away from work, including furloughed workers, rose by six million at the end of March into April, hitting 8.4 million at the end of April.

This saw hours worked each week tumble by a record 94.2 million, or 8.9% year-on-year, in the three months to April, the ONS said.

But the UK jobless rate remained largely unchanged quarter-on-quarter at 3.9% in the three months to April, with unemployment at 1.34 million as nearly nine million workers were furloughed under the Government’s support scheme.

Experts said while the data shows the painful toll taken by lockdown, the true impact will only be shown after the current furlough scheme to support workers ends in October.

Yael Selfin, chief economist at KPMG UK, said: “The true impact of the crisis on the labour market is likely to only be revealed once the job retention scheme starts unwinding in the second half of the year.

“Many businesses are expected to bring only part of their furloughed workers back, while they seek to tentatively reopen after the lockdown.

“Hiring new workers is also likely to be put on hold for some time.”

Job vacancies also laid bare the impact of lockdown, plummeting to an estimated 476,000 between March and May – down 342,000 on the previous quarter and the lowest since current records started in 2001.

The ONS said vacancies also slumped around 60% in May compared with March.

Jonathan Athow, deputy national statistician for economic statistics at the ONS, said: “The slowdown in the economy is now visibly hitting the labour market, especially in terms of hours worked.”

Figures showed employee average pay growth slowed notably in April 2020 and the three months to April saw total pay including bonuses fall in real terms for the first time since January 2018 – down by 0.4% after inflation.