The latest news from across Gloucestershire on Tuesday, November 24

The latest news from across Gloucestershire on Tuesday, November 24


The ongoing coronavirus situation is changing by the hour with announcements being made about businesses and services that are being forced to adapt and change.

Punchline is committed to trying to keep you up to date with all the news that matters to you and your business.

Our team will update this story throughout the day, to ensure the latest important developments can be found in one – clickbait free – place.

If you or your business has any news, views or advice to share with the Gloucestershire business community, get in touch with Punchline team at news@moosemarketingandpr.co.uk.

Update #8106 – 16.45 IKEA find optimism among drop in profits

The owners of IKEA saw profits fall by almost a third in the year to the end of August, but predicted a recovery in the next 12 months.

Ingka Group, which also operates shopping malls, said operating profit was down 29 per cent to 1.43 billion euro as sales at IKEA’s 378 shops and online fell four per cent to 35.2 billion euro.

Chief financial officer Juvencio Maeztu told Reuters: “Overall, if you take out the Covid-19 impact we see good performance across all markets.”

Update #8105 – 12.51 Javelin Park fight will go on insists pressure group

Environmental group Community R4C has vowed to continue its legal fight against the Javelin Park waste incinerator, despite losing its latest challenge to Gloucestershire County Council.

As reported last week, the group saw its latest bid to appeal a High Court decision over the awarding of the contract rejected by the Court of Appeal.

The contract was awarded to Urbaser Balfour Beatty but Community R4C said it had been working on a proposal for cheaper, greener processing plant while the council argued it undertook a legal tender process.

An original legal challenge against the contract was rejected in July.

Community R4C director Tom Jarman said: “We will continue to challenge this contract on the grounds of unfair competition and breach of state aid laws.”

Update #8104 – 12.43 Tests could more than halve quarantine

Quarantine for people arriving in England from overseas could be more than halved if travellers pay for a Covid test.

Anyone arriving from a country not on the Government’s list of travel corridors has to self-isolate for 14 days.

But that could be cut to as low as six days if they pay £65-120 for a test after five days with the results available within 24 and 48 hours.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said the scheme, which will be introduced from December 15, would “bolster international travel while keeping the public safe”.

Update #8103 – 12.16 Pets at Homes enjoys lockdown pet boom

A boom in the number of people buying puppies during lockdown head head to a surge in sales for pet supplies retailer Pets at Home.

The business today posted a 5.1 per cent rise in sales to £574.4 million for the 28 weeks to October 8.

Pre-tax profits also increased by 14.4 per cent to £38.9 million during the period.

Peter Pritchard, group chief executive officer at Pets at Home said: “In spite of the ongoing and wide-ranging impact of COVID-19, there is much to be optimistic about.

“The market in which we operate remains resilient, with recent changes to our work and leisure patterns supporting rising levels of pet ownership, a good proxy for future growth in both the underlying market and our business.” 

Update #8102 – 12.05 JD Sports emerges as front runner to buy Debenhams

The future of troubled retailer Debenhams could become clearer amid reports that JD Sports is in talks over a deal to rescue the business from administration.

The Times reported the sportswear specialist is looking at buying the entire Debenhams business.

Any deal would apparently include Debenhams online operation as well as its high street shops which has 124 shops, including one in Gloucester, and around 12,000 staff.

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Update #8101 – 08.30 Latest coronavirus figures for the UK and Gloucestershire

The latest data for coronavirus cases and deaths of patients with COVID-19 were released yesterday by the Government’s department of health and social care and NHS England.

Updated UK figures show the total number of deaths within 28 days of positive test rose to 55,230 – which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 206 on the previous day’s figures.

Across the UK, 15,450 people have tested positive for the virus over the last 24 hours and 1,527,495 since the outbreak began.

Latest Public Health England figures show that the total number of cases within the county sits at 7,211 as of Sunday afternoon.

The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test sits at 453 – an increase of five on the day before.

Cases are split across the following regions:

Gloucester – 1,943 cases (increase of 30)

Cheltenham – 1,429 cases (increase of 16)

Stroud – 1,277 cases (increase of 22)

Tewkesbury – 896 cases (increase of 12)

Cotswolds – 922 cases (increase of four)

Forest of Dean – 744 cases (increase of 10)

Update #8100 – 12.03 Hospitality sector being ‘made a scapegoat’, says Tom Kerridge

Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge claims the hospitality industry is being made “a bit of a scapegoat” in its treatment by the Government during the pandemic.

Speaking to Sky News, the celebrity chef, who was brought up in Gloucester, said: “Each hospitality business in the industry operates very differently and that’s why we find it very frustrating that it kind of gets blanket bans up and down the country.

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Update #8099 – 11.51 Oxford University breakthrough on global COVID-19 vaccine

The coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford stops 70 per cent of people developing Covid symptoms, it was announced today.

But data suggests that perfecting the dose could increase protection up to 90%.

Although Pfizer and Moderna results show 95 per cent protection, the Oxford jab is far cheaper, and is easier to store and get to every corner of the world than the other two.

If approved by regulators, it is likely to play a significant role in tackling the pandemic.

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Update #8098 – 10.13 PM to make end of lockdown rules announcement this afternoon

Boris Johnson is expected to give further details this afternoon about what will happen, and which restrictions will be enforced when England’s lockdown ends on December 2.

It is reported that the three-tier system that was in place before lockdown will be re-introduced and strengthened, but some measures will be relaxed.

Expected announcements from the PM include:

  • Gyms and non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen in all areas
  • Relaxation of the 10pm closing time for pubs and restaurants, with last orders at 10pm but customers have an extra hour before closing.
  • The lifting of bans on outdoor grassroots sports
  • Mass testing to be introduced in areas in the highest tier

The PM is also expected to make an announcement for measures over the Christmas period on Thursday, moved from today due to a delay in national plans being agreed.

Update #8097 – 08.30 Latest coronavirus figures for the UK and Gloucestershire

The latest data for coronavirus cases and deaths of patients with COVID-19 were released yesterday by the Government’s department of health and social care and NHS England.

Updated UK figures released yesterday show the total number of deaths within 28 days of positive test rose to 55,024 – which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 398 on the previous day’s figures.

Across the UK, 18,662 people have tested positive for the virus over the last 24 hours and 1,512,045 since the outbreak began.

Latest Public Health England figures show that the total number of cases within the county sits at 7,117 as of Sunday afternoon. The total number of deaths in Gloucestershire within 28 days of a positive test sits at 448.

Cases are split across the following regions:

Gloucester – 1,913 cases

Cheltenham – 1,413 cases

Stroud – 1,255 cases

Tewkesbury – 884 cases

Cotswolds – 918 cases

Forest of Dean – 734 cases





2020-11-24 08:50:17

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