Latest UK figures

Latest figures show 2,711 new cases of COVID-19 in the UK, taking the total to 246,405. There were 160 new deaths, taking the total to 34,796.

Latest Global figures

Total reported cases: Approx. 4,890,680 (+88,805 / 1.8% increase overnight)

Total deaths: 320,125 (+3,454 / 1.1% increase overnight)

Total recovered: Approx. 1,908,024 (+49,223 / 2.6% increase overnight)


Key stories:

  • More than one in three 18 to 24-year-olds is earning less than before the outbreak, research by the Resolution Foundation claims. It said younger workers risk their pay being affected for years, while older staff may end up involuntarily retired. Around a quarter of 18 to 24-year-olds have been furloughed and a further 9% have lost their jobs altogether - the highest figure out of all age groups.
  • Stock markets in the US and UK rose on Monday amid hopes that a COVID-19 vaccine is in sight. Airlines and travel companies led the rally after Moderna revealed positive results in early tests for an experimental vaccine. In London, the FTSE 100 added nearly 250 points to rise by 4.3% to 6,048 points. There were double-digit rises for five companies including easyJet, InterContinental Hotels Group, Carnival and IAG.
  • Health secretary Matt Hancock has announced that everyone aged five and over in the UK with symptoms can now be tested for coronavirus. He was speaking in Parliament after the loss of taste or smell was added to the list of COVID-19 symptoms, alongside a fever and a new persistent cough, and said the government was "expanding eligibility for testing further than ever before".
  • Germany and France announced on Monday that they have joined to advocate for a €500bn EU recovery fund, in efforts to create a co-ordinated European fiscal response to COVID-19.
  • US President Donald Trump has said he is taking hydroxychloroquine to ward off coronavirus, even though health officials have warned it may be unsafe. Speaking at the White House, he told reporters he started taking the malaria and lupus medication recently. "I'm taking it for about a week and a half now and I'm still here, I'm still here," was his surprise announcement. There is no evidence hydroxychloroquine can fight off coronavirus, though clinical trials are under way.

Company announcements:

  • Antofagasta has announced that the Board has decided to revise its recommendation in respect of the 2019 final dividend. In a stand-alone announcement, the company noted a revised recommendation of 7.1 cents per ordinary share, representing a reduction of 16.3 cents per share from the previous recommendation.
  • Compass Group issued Interim Results and an announcement regarding its intention to raise new equity through the placing of new ordinary shares. In conjunction with the Placing, directors and members of the senior management team of the Company intend to subscribe for new ordinary shares and to contribute approximately £1.1m in total.
  • DCC released Full Year Results, noting a strong performance for the year with all divisions delivering growth. The company proposes a final dividend of 95.79 pence per share, a 2.6% increase on the prior year, with the total dividend for the year up by 5.0% to 145.27 pence per share.
  • Energean Oil & Gas announced that it has agreed to terminate the agreement for Neptune Energy to acquire Edison E&P's UK and Norwegian subsidiaries from Energean. A further announcement noted its intention to re-structure the Edison E&P transaction.
  • Imperial Brands announced Half Year Results, with adjusted operating profit down 7.7% and operating profit down 19.6%, reflecting a goodwill impairment and associated disposal costs of the Premium Cigar Division as well as higher restructuring cost. The dividend is to be rebased by one third, with all dividend savings to be used to reduce gearing.
  • Homeserve released Preliminary Results, with revenue up 13% to £1.1bn and adjusted profit before tax up 12% to £181.0m. The company notes strong performance across its Membership & HVAC and Home Experts divisions and the Board proposes a final dividend of 17.8p, to take the total dividend for the year to 23.6p, up 10%.
  • Other companies reporting include Micro Focus International, Greencore Group and Topps Tiles.


Total reported cases globally

Approx. 4,890,680 (+88,805 / 1.8% increase overnight)

Total deaths

320,125 (+3,454 / 1.1% increase overnight)

Number of countries/territories with confirmed cases

213

Recovered cases globally

Approx. 1,908,024 (+49,223 / 2.6% increase overnight)

*Please note that figures are approximate and time sensitive