ONS publishes new statistics in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
25 March 2020
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today published its first statistics as part of a new webpage looking at the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the UK.
In the first of a series of statistical publications, two releases have been published today looking at the employment and proportion of people over 70 around the UK. People aged 70 years and over have been highlighted as being among those most at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and this information is aimed at helping policy makers target support more efficiently.
These releases follow a statement last week which outlined how the ONS plans to respond to the virus and our plans to provide comprehensive information on the impact of COVID-19 on our economy, labour market, population and society.
COVID-19 is a significant challenge for the UK and we are working to ensure that the UK has the vital information needed to respond to the impact of this pandemic on our economy and society.
This means we will need to ensure that information is provided faster, using new data sources and changing how our surveys operate, to ensure we provide the information necessary as the situation unfolds.