The COVID-19 Infection Survey is changing. What does this mean for how the UK monitors the virus?

The COVID-19 Infection Survey is changing. What does this mean for how the UK monitors the virus?

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) COVID-19 Infection Survey was launched in April 2020 to provide valuable, timely estimates on how many people were infected with COVID-19. These data helped the governments of UK countries make decisions on how to respond to the evolving pandemic and provided information to the public.
The survey is changing during 2022. What do these changes mean and how will the survey continue to be valuable? Here, Sarah Crofts explains more.

How the ONS measures the price rises affecting business

The after-effects of the Covid pandemic and war in Ukraine have pushed consumer price inflation up to levels not seen in forty years. But it is not only consumers that are facing rising costs, businesses are too and these pressures often impact prices for the rest of us. Here, Brogan Taylor and Ryan Powell explain how we measure business prices, why these data are important and what they show.

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NIGELS IN DANGER – AND OTHER MORE SERIOUS ISSUES

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It’s bad news for the Nigels, Carols, Gordons and Cheryls of the world as shifting fashions consign their names to near extinction. Speaking on the latest episode of the Office for National Statistics’ podcast series “Statistically Speaking”, Dr James Tucker of the ONS explains how the annual list of the top baby names in England and Wales unfailingly reflects changing times.

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Two Years On: What the COVID-19 Infection Survey has achieved so far – and what comes next

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Launched at speed soon after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ONS-led COVID-19 Infection Survey has achieved international recognition as a “gold standard” source of vital data. Two years – and around nine million swab tests – later it continues to provide unique insight on infections and antibodies in the general population of the UK.

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First Census 2021 results are on the way

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The first results from Census 2021 in England and Wales will be released on 28 June. The population and household estimates from the decennial survey will guide the planning of local and national services we all rely on. But they are just the first brushstrokes of the detailed picture of the nation we will paint over coming months and years, a picture which will get richer and more detailed as we go.

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