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Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 9 October 2020

By October 14, 2020National News

The main points from this ONS report are

This week, lower levels of socialising were reported; when asked about changes to social contact with friends and family living outside their household in the past seven days, 43% of adults reported meeting with others less often compared with 1% meeting with others more often.

Levels of socialising varied by whether someone was in a “local lockdown” area; of those in lockdown 34% had not socialised with anyone outside their household, compared with 25% for those not in local lockdown areas.

Among those who have met up with people from outside their household either outdoors or indoors, the majority (82%) said they always or often maintained social distancing; those who said they did so sometimes, not very often, or never has stayed fairly consistent over the last 3 months and was 17% this week.

This week, around 7 in 10 (72%) adults were very or somewhat worried about the effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on their life right now; this is a similar proportion to last week (74%), which was the highest proportion since the end of April (75% over the period 24 April to 3 May).

Average anxiety scores for all adults have increased this week to 4.3, the highest figure since 3 to 13 April (4.9), while average scores for life satisfaction (6.9), worthwhile (7.4) and happiness yesterday (6.9) were at similar levels to last week.

Around 1 in 10 (9%) working adults expected to increase their working hours during the month of October, while 6% expected to reduce their working hours, and 2% expected to be made redundant.

To read the report in full go to the ONS website

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