Around 12.5 million people in the UK have suffered from a loss of income during the coronavirus crisis, according to the latest figures.

The overwhelming impact of the lockdown on household incomes was revealed in the latest survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS survey also showed growing pessimism over the state of the economy. Expectation for the financial health of the UK in the year ahead dropped to levels not seen since September 2008.

Nearly two-thirds – 64.8 per cent – of employees felt their work was being affected by Covid-19 during a four-day snapshot survey taken in late May.

The proportion is up from 47.7 per cent earlier in May, as concerns about health and safety in the workplace grew.

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