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Growing pains

Young people have struggled during Covid-19. Missing school and being cut off from friends, together with anxiety over exams, essay deadlines or work, have left many suffering from poor mental health. The climate crisis appears to be deepening this effect.

Health, physical & mental

What does football reveal about the impact of Covid-19 on work performance?

Amid concerns about the potentially lower workplace productivity of people who have had Covid-19, evidence from professional football suggests that even six months after an infection, a player’s performance is reduced. Team performance also suffers from more players being infected.

Data stories

Inflation: what do the latest data reveal about UK prices?

UK inflation has risen to 3.2%, an increase that partly reflects the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which lowered the price of dining out last year and is no longer in the data. Sustained price rises and evidence of a tighter labour market create a policy conundrum for the Bank of England.

Aid & international development

How important is international cooperation in the vaccine rollout?

Early procurement and stockpiling of doses by wealthier countries has led to inequality in the vaccine rollout. International coordination and initiatives such as COVAX may offer a path to close the gap.

Business, big & small

Update: Which firms and industries have been most affected by Covid-19?

Businesses across the UK have been negatively affected by the pandemic, but the damage has not been equal. Certain sectors and certain firms within them have suffered more than others – and many have faced highly uncertain futures.

Data Hub

Live and interactive charts and visualisations, making sense of the latest numbers

Recession & recovery

Will inflation take off in the UK?

Inflation is likely to rise from its current low level due to supply shortages and increased spending. The most probable outcome is a range of 2-3% a year, but it could go higher. Any increase above 3% should be temporary as long as fiscal and monetary policy are set appropriately.

Health, physical & mental

Update: How is coronavirus affecting the mental health of adolescents?

Young people’s mental health has suffered more than that of older age groups during the pandemic. There is a particular need for support for vulnerable children, teenagers and young adults to prevent existing inequalities in education and employment from widening.


A place of greater safety

Poorer countries remain a long way behind in the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines. Greater international cooperation is essential to ensure that everyone is safe – and to address the big post-pandemic challenges, notably global warming.

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