Covid: Higher GCSE results predicted and UK economy growson August 12, 2021 at 6:53 am

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Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Thursday morning.

UK economic growth rose by 4.8% between April and June, according to official figures, as the coronavirus lockdown eased. The growth, fuelled by the relaxing of restrictions, was strongest in sectors hard-hit under lockdowns, such as wholesale and retail, hotels and restaurants. Despite the growth, it fell slightly below the Bank of England’s 5% prediction. Find out more here.

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