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Coronavirus and the social impacts on the countries and regions of Britain: April 2020

By May 26, 2020National News

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been helping to inform understanding about the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities, with a series of weekly reports.

Today’s analysis of survey results from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN) explores differences and similarities in those impacts on the countries and regions of Great Britain.

Commenting on today’s findings, James Harris, Cities Statistician at the ONS said:

“This is the first time we have analysed the country and regional differences in our regular research into how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting people’s lives.

“Levels of worry and concern are high across all countries and regions, with many of us keeping in touch with families and friends, but we also find differences in how lockdown has affected people around Great Britain.

“People in London were more likely to be working from home, with those in the East and East Midlands least likely, for example. Those in Scotland and the North East were most optimistic about their household finances. People in the South West have been most likely to check on their neighbours. We also found that people in Wales tend to have access to a garden, unlike Londoners, who were more likely to use public parks.”

You can read the results here (opens in a new tab)

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