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How Londoners’ coronavirus experience differs from the rest of the UK

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Julian Dailly EVP 22/04/2020

Coronavirus daily tracker: April 22nd 2020

People in London are more worried, have lost more disposable income and are more likely to be working fewer hours than normal

Almost a quarter (23%) of Londoners say that their physical health has improved since the outbreak of COVID-19.

Data from our daily coronavirus tracker shows that the pandemic has affected people in the capital differently than the rest of the country. This is perhaps unsurprising as London has the highest death toll across the UK followed by the Midlands and the North West.

One in ten people in London think they have symptoms of the virus although they haven’t been tested — a higher number than other regions across the country. Almost a quarter (24%) of people in the capital also say they are the most worried they have ever been; the next highest figures for this metric are in the North and the Midlands and Wales where 19% of people are experiencing the highest levels of worry.

What’s more, half of Londoners say that their income has decreased, the highest number in the country and they are least likely to say that their income has increased – 8% compared with 12% in the North. This decrease in income tallies with the fact that 22% of Londoners say that they are working fewer hours than normal, again more than any other region.

In terms of daily activities, people in London are most likely to say they visited a supermarket (31%) or a shop other than a supermarket yesterday (15%) and also to have made a video call (48%). While the figures for seeing empty shelves were much higher in the capital last week, this has evened out in line with the rest of the country with 45% of those who went shopping saying that they did not see any empty aisles when they bought groceries yesterday.

Almost a quarter (23%) of Londoners say that their physical health has improved since the outbreak of COVID-19 but 19% say it has become worse – reflecting the wide socio-economic disparities within the capital. Both are the highest regional figures.

People in London are also most likely of all regions to say that their mental health has improved over the past month (13%), while people in the North (33%) and Scotland (34%) are most likely to say their mental health has suffered.

This article focuses on the coronavirus data for London. See the full dataset for the comparative figures for other regions across the UK.

We will be updating our coronavirus tracker daily and weekly as this unprecedented pandemic unfolds. Please get in touch for more information

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