UK News Loneliness during pandemic ‘greater in areas with more young people’
HALF of England's population in areas with nearly no new Covid cases
Some 4,307 areas in England have had so few Covid cases that Public Health England has not published their data for a month to protect the identities of the few people with positive tests. The neighbourhoods - including parts of Devon and Cornwall - could have had two new cases but likely had none in the week up to April 4.Meanwhile, 1,091 places - with a population of 8.2 million people - have had no data published since the end of February.News about the country's dropping figures will no-doubt pile more pressure on Boris Johnson to accelerate his roadmap out of lockdown.
Levels of loneliness during the Covid-19 pandemic have tended to be greater in areas with high concentrations of younger people and higher rates of unemployment, new figures suggest.
People in areas with higher crime rates or with higher levels of anxiety were also more likely to report feeling lonely.
Loneliness rates were lower in countryside areas compared with urban and industrial locations, however.
The figures, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), suggest 7.2% of the adult population of Britain felt lonely “often or always” between October 2020 and February 2021.
Britain is blanketed by April flurries as temperatures plunge to -5C
Britons heading to the beer garden tomorrow could be in for a chilly evening as temperatures are set to plunge to a frosty 23F (-5C) overnight, following a flurry of snow showers across UK this evening.Those heading to the beer garden tomorrow may need to don their thermals, as swathes of the Midlands and parts of southern Scotland are experiencing snow showers, which could be set to move further south throughout tomorrow.
This is the equivalent of around 3.7 million people – up from 2.6 million, or 5.0% of the population, between April and May 2020.
North-east England recorded the highest loneliness rate of any region in England (8.7%), while eastern England recorded the lowest (6.5%).
In Wales, 8.3% of adults surveyed said they felt lonely “often or always”, compared with 7.3% in England and 6.5% in Scotland.
The ONS said places with a lower average age have generally experienced higher rates of loneliness during the pandemic, and that “higher rates of loneliness reported by young people are particularly associated with urban areas outside London”.
Living in a single-person household, difficulties with relationships caused by the pandemic, and not having anyone to talk to have also contributed to experiences of loneliness.
During the period October 2020 to February 2021, of those who said their wellbeing had been affected in the last seven days by the pandemic, 38.6% (around 10.5 million people) said it was because they were lonely, the ONS said.
Young people and single people were found to have been most affected by this seven-day measure, or “lockdown loneliness”.
Of those who said their wellbeing had been affected by the pandemic, the odds of someone aged 16 to 24 reporting feeling lonely in the last seven days were around four times greater than someone aged 75 or over, the ONS found.
Primrose Hill will be SHUT after 10pm TONIGHT and over weekend .
Primrose Hill in Camden, North London, will close after 10pm tonight, tomorrow and Sunday after scores of maskless ravers attended an illegal party at the picturesque park on April 3.Police said the beauty spot in north London will be temporarily closed then reopen again the following morning with officers breaking up groups after 'recent incidents of anti-social behaviour'.