Coronavirus Hub
Key statistics

Understanding the impact of coronavirus

  • As of 1am on 9 April 2020, there are 1,395,136 confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world. [World Health Organisation]
  • As of 9am on 8 April 2020, there are 60,773 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK out of 232,708 tested. [GOV.UK]
  • 212 countries, areas or territories are affected by COVID-19 with Europe being the epicentre of the virus. [World Health Organisation]

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How are other businesses responding?

Find out how businesses in different sectors are responding to the outbreak

  • Financial Services

    • 40 accredited lenders are rolling out the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans to help viable businesses access the financial support they need, working with the British Business Bank and UK Finance
    • Aon has set up a dedicated ‘coronavirus response site’ to help businesses mount an effective infectious disease response
    • Marsh & McLennan has set up a coronavirus hub with webcasts and guidance documents
    • The British Insurance Brokers’ Association publish daily updates on the insurance industry site to help businesses with common questions and announcements
    • The Association of British Insurers is running a coronavirus information hub
    • HSBC has announced a $25 million COVID-19 donation fund, with £1 million donation to the National Emergencies Trust and the British Red Cross appeal in the UK
  • Manufacturing

    • Leading manufacturers and car firms are pivoting their operations to help produce essential medical equipment and products
    • Fiat has started converting their car parts to make face masks for health workers
    • Firms including Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Jaguar Land Rover have been sent a blueprint for making up to 20,000 ventilators to treat coronavirus patients.
    • Companies including BrewDog and Louis Vuitton are using their manufacturing centres and distilleries to produce hand sanitiser for the NHS and others
    • Ineos is building a hand sanitiser plant near Middlesbrough within 10 days to produce one million bottles a month for UK hospitals
    • With manufacturing firms less able to work from home, businesses have been introducing split shifts and rotational workforces to maximise social distancing.
  • Higher Education

    • Many universities have announced plans to move to remote learning and assessment
    • Some, such as Manchester Metropolitan University, are innovating through new creative approaches to online teaching
    • At some medical schools, final-year students will graduate early and be fast-tracked to hospitals to carry out tasks such as patient assessments and blood tests to help fight the pandemic
    • King’s College London has launched a new app that will allow people to record if they are suffering from coronavirus symptoms. It says it will help them track the progression of the disease
    • Meanwhile broadcasters and creative industries including the BBC are looking at educational programming and online lecture archives while schools and universities are closed.
  • Professional Services

    • Firms have published comprehensive guidance for employers – including legal and contractual guidance around sick pay and regulatory requirements
    • Some are advising clients on continuity and contingency plans and regulatory requirements 
    • Legal experts are also supporting people by publishing guidance around the impact of coronavirus on commercial contracts and sick pay
    • Services companies have transitioned to working from home, with many technology companies working hard to increase capacity to account for the additional pressure on their systems, from home working to online learning for schoolchildren
    • Marsh & McLennan has set up a hub with advice on coronavirus.
  • Construction

    • The Construction Industry Training Board has suspended its Levy for 2020 by three months to provide some financial relief to construction businesses. The Levy is usually paid by all businesses with an annual wage bill above £80k
    • Some businesses have begun organising their on-site workforces into ‘red and blue teams’ so that teams can carry out tasks separately from one another, reducing the risk of infection spreading across the wider workforce
    • The industry’s Construction Leadership Council, in conjunction with trade bodies and businesses, has produced new Site Operating Governance guidance for all businesses to follow on building sites
    • Firms have shut down construction sites so they can be assessed and work can re-start in a way that meets Public Health England's advice.
  • Logistics

    • Many logistics firms are helping share government advice with their staff, and taking sensible precautions like sterilising their operational sites
    • Following the government decision to relax rules on the number of hours drivers can spend on the road, firms are aiming to support the urgent distribution of essential items like food, drink and medical supplies while keeping their staff safe
    • Survival equipment company Survitec is conducting daily shipping site reviews and sterilisation across all service stations, tools, spare parts, vehicles and shipments.
  • Retail

    • Major supermarkets are introducing new measures to meet increased demand
    • Sainsburys, Tesco, and ASDA are restricting customers to buying a maximum number of products per line and have introduced specific shopping times for NHS workers, vulnerable citizens and the elderly
    • Waitrose, Lidl and others have announced new strategies to protect both staff and customers, which installing screens at check-out areas
    • Morrisons has pledged to create over 3,000 jobs to help meet increased delivery demand, and is supporting its supply chain through early payments.
  • Hospitality