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New Zealand confirms two NEW cases of coronaviru days after it ‘eliminated’ COVID-19 

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New Zealand‘s 24-day streak without a new coronavirus case is over after two women who arrived from Britain tested positive for the disease. 

The two women landed in New Zealand on June 7 and were allowed to leave quarantine under strict health conditions to visit a dying parent, officials said.  

They tested positive a week after New Zealand scrapped almost all its lockdown restrictions and PM Jacinda Ardern said the country had ‘eliminated transmission of the virus’.   

Passengers on their connecting flight from Brisbane and staff at their ‘managed isolation hotel’ are now being traced as officials try to prevent a new outbreak.  

Jacina Ardern (pictured, centre) speaks to the media on June 10, with New Zealand now reporting its first two cases of coronavirus for 24 days

Jacina Ardern (pictured, centre) speaks to the media on June 10, with New Zealand now reporting its first two cases of coronavirus for 24 days

Jacina Ardern (pictured, centre) speaks to the media on June 10, with New Zealand now reporting its first two cases of coronavirus for 24 days

The two women, one in her 30s and one in her 40s, stayed in a ‘managed isolation hotel’ in Auckland after they landed but were given permission to drive to Wellington on June 13. 

New Zealand’s director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield said they ‘had no contact with anyone else during that trip’ and ‘didn’t use any public facilities’. 

One of the two women was showing mild coronavirus symptoms, while another was symptom-free. They are now self-isolating in Wellington and are not in hospital. 

Another family member they met is now being tested, while others potentially at risk include their fellow air passengers and staff at the isolation facility.  

Officials are also set to watch CCTV footage of the two women’s arrival at Auckland Airport to see if any border staff need to be isolated.

Australian health authorities are also on alert after the passengers flew from the UK to Brisbane via Qatar before connecting to New Zealand.   

‘A new case is something we hoped we wouldn’t get but is also something we have expected and planned for,’ Bloomfield said. 

‘That’s why we have geared up our contact tracing and testing capability to be able to respond rapidly.

‘We know there are people continuing to come to New Zealand from countries where there is active community spread of COVID-19. This is managed through our requirement for two weeks in isolation at the border.’    

The two infections – the first newly identified cases since May 22 – stake New Zealand’s total to 1,506. There have been 22 deaths.  

Officials ended the country’s strict coronavirus lockdown rules from midnight on June 8, after the country recorded zero active cases. 

 Ms Ardern said the country had ‘united in unprecedented ways to crush the virus’. 

On June 8, health authorities reported the country’s only case had recovered, meaning there are no active cases of COVID-19 across the country.

Protesters are seen in Wellington on June 14 (pictured), when there were no active coronavirus cases in the country

Protesters are seen in Wellington on June 14 (pictured), when there were no active coronavirus cases in the country

Protesters are seen in Wellington on June 14 (pictured), when there were no active coronavirus cases in the country

The final patient, a woman in her 50s, recorded no symptoms for 48 hours, before being announced as recovered at St Margaret’s Hospital and Rest Home in Auckland.

Ms Ardern said the sacrifices made by New Zealanders, including a drastic seven-week lockdown that helped curb infection rates, had been rewarded.

Asked about her reaction upon hearing the news, she replied: ‘I did a little dance’ with baby daughter Neve.

‘She was caught a little by surprise but she joined in, having absolutely no idea why I was dancing around the lounge.’

The country has since moved to alert level 1.

Art galleries are open across New Zealand (pictured, Te Papa in Wellington on March 28) after coronavirus restrictions were lifted

Art galleries are open across New Zealand (pictured, Te Papa in Wellington on March 28) after coronavirus restrictions were lifted

Art galleries are open across New Zealand (pictured, Te Papa in Wellington on March 28) after coronavirus restrictions were lifted

A woman is seen heading to work on June 9 (pictured) in Wellington as New Zealand returned to normality

A woman is seen heading to work on June 9 (pictured) in Wellington as New Zealand returned to normality

A woman is seen heading to work on June 9 (pictured) in Wellington as New Zealand returned to normality

People eat at a restaurant in Auckland (pictured on May 16) after coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased

People eat at a restaurant in Auckland (pictured on May 16) after coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased

People eat at a restaurant in Auckland (pictured on May 16) after coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased

The move allowed weddings, funerals, hospitality and public transport to resume without any restrictions.

New Zealand’s borders have remained shut, after closing on March 19.

The country was forced into a strict four-week lockdown in March to slow the spread of the deadly virus.  

The government implemented a four-tier alert system where restrictions were slowly eased as the infection rate began to slow. 

The first stage of the lockdown kept Kiwis inside their houses, except for trips for health reasons or the supermarket.

New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern (pictured), had previously announced there were no active cases of coronavirus left in the country

New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern (pictured), had previously announced there were no active cases of coronavirus left in the country

New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern (pictured), had previously announced there were no active cases of coronavirus left in the country

A nurse dons PPE while testing a person for COVID-19 at a drive through testing centre (pictured in Auckland on April 2)

A nurse dons PPE while testing a person for COVID-19 at a drive through testing centre (pictured in Auckland on April 2)

A nurse dons PPE while testing a person for COVID-19 at a drive through testing centre (pictured in Auckland on April 2)

New Zealand COVID-19 alert levels:

Level 1: Prepare

Border entry measures to minimise risk of importing COVID-19 cases.

Intensive testing for COVID-19.

Rapid contact tracing of any positive case.

Self-isolation and quarantine required.

Schools and workplaces open, and must operate safely.

Physical distancing encouraged.

No restrictions on gatherings.

Stay home if you’re sick, report flu-like symptoms.

Wash and dry your hands, cough into your elbow, don’t touch your face.

No restrictions on domestic transport – avoid public transport or travel if you’re sick.

Level 3: Restrict

People instructed to stay home in their bubble other than for essential personal movement – including to go to work, school if they have to or for local recreation.

Physical distancing of two metres outside home (including on public transport), or one metre in controlled environments like schools and workplaces.

Bubbles must stay within their immediate household bubble, but can expand this to reconnect with close family/whānau, or bring in caregivers, or support isolated people. This extended bubble should remain exclusive.

Schools (years 1 to 10) and Early Childhood Education centres can safely open, but will have limited capacity. Children should learn at home if possible.

People must work from home unless that is not possible.

Businesses can open premises, but cannot physically interact with customers.

Low risk local recreation activities are allowed.

Public venues are closed, eg. libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, playgrounds, markets.

Gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed but only for wedding services and funerals. Physical distancing and public health measures must be maintained.

Healthcare services use virtual, non-contact consultations where possible.

Inter-regional travel is highly limited, eg. for essential workers, with limited exemptions for others.

People at high risk of severe illness (older people and those with existing medical conditions) are encouraged to stay at home where possible, and take additional precautions when leaving home. They may choose to work.

 

 

Level 2: Reduce

Physical distancing of 1 metre outside home (including on public transport).

Gatherings of up to 100 people indoors and 500 outdoors allowed while maintaining physical distancing and contact tracing requirements.

Sport and recreation activities are allowed if conditions on gatherings are met, physical distancing is followed and travel is local.

Public venues can open but must comply with conditions on gatherings, and undertake public health measures.

Health services operate as normally as possible.

Most businesses open, and business premises can be open for staff and customers with appropriate measures in place. Alternative ways of working encouraged, eg remote working, shift-based working, physical distancing, staggering meal breaks, flexible leave.

Schools and Early Childhood Education centres open, with distance learning available for those unable to attend school eg self-isolating.

People advised to avoid non-essential inter-regional travel.

People at high risk of severe illness (older people and those with existing medical conditions) are encouraged to stay at home where possible, and take additional precautions when leaving home. They may choose to work.

Level 4: Eliminate

People instructed to stay at home (in their bubble) other than for essential personal movement.

Safe recreational activity is allowed in local area.

Travel is severely limited.

All gatherings cancelled and all public venues closed.

Businesses closed except for essential services (eg supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics, petrol stations) and lifeline utilities.

Educational facilities closed.

Rationing of supplies and requisitioning of facilities possible.

Reprioritisation of healthcare services.

 

 Source: NZ Government

 

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The grandparents who caused an internet blackout in their Welsh village at the same time every morning for 18 months have finally been identified. 

Pensioners Alun, 67, and Elaine Rees, 63, were unaware that their old 16′ Bush TV had been leaving their neighbours with poor broadband connectivity and slow speeds every morning at 7am in village of Aberhosan, Powys.

However the mystery, which also left engineers baffled, was finally solved when the ‘electrical noise’ responsible was finally traced to the couple’s home. 

The retired couple explained that the £30 TV set, which is in their bedroom, was turned on every morning to watch Good Morning Britain.

Alun, 67, and Elaine Rees, 63, were unaware that their TV had been leaving their neighbours with poor broadband connectivity every morning at 7am in Powys village of Aberhosan, Wales

Alun, 67, and Elaine Rees, 63, were unaware that their TV had been leaving their neighbours with poor broadband connectivity every morning at 7am in Powys village of Aberhosan, Wales

Alun, 67, and Elaine Rees, 63, were unaware that their TV had been leaving their neighbours with poor broadband connectivity every morning at 7am in Powys village of Aberhosan, Wales

Retired GP receptionist Elaine Rees said: ‘One morning during lockdown at around 8.30am we could hear two men outside talking about signal strength.

‘We looked out of the window and saw they were BT engineers holding some kind of meters. One of them was pointing at our front door.

‘Next thing they’re knocking the door and asking us to turn the telly off at the wall.’

Mrs Rees went on to explain: ‘I love watching Piers Morgan in the mornings.’

Retired farmer Alun Rees added: ‘He told me we’d better get rid of the set immediately because it was interfering with the internet connection all over the village.

‘He said we’d have the whole village on our doorstep if anyone found out we were the cause of the problem.

‘Our son lives next door and he was having building work done so we chucked it on his skip.’ 

Openreach engineer Michael Jones said the company’s chief engineering team helped to solve the mystery by using a spectrum analyser to look for a phenomenon known as ‘Shine’ (single high-level impulse noise). 

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Villagers living in the Powys village of Aberhosan (pictured), Wales, were suddenly struck with poor broadband connectivity and slow speeds every morning at 7am

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Engineers discovered an old-fashioned TV set in a house in the village (pictured) was emitting a burst of electrical interference in at 7am each day – causing the issue

He said: ‘As you can imagine when we pointed this out to the resident, they were mortified that their old second hand TV was the cause of an entire village’s broadband problems, and they immediately agreed to switch it off and not use again.

‘At 7am, like clockwork, it happened. Our device picked up a large burst of electrical interference in the village.

‘It turned out that at 7am every morning the occupant would switch on their old TV which would, in-turn, knock out broadband for the entire village.’

For 18 months, engineers were left scratching their heads when repeated visits to the village, located near to the market town of Machynlleth, found the network was working perfectly.

Baffled BT workers even replaced a large section of cable that served the village, which is home to around 400 people, in a bid to fix the mystery issue.

After exhausting their options, they were forced to call in the Openreach Chief Engineer team, a crack team described as the company’s ‘SAS’, in a bid to fix the problem.

Engineers were left scratching their heads for 18 months when repeated visits to the village, located near to the market town of Machynlleth, found the network was working perfectly

Engineers were left scratching their heads for 18 months when repeated visits to the village, located near to the market town of Machynlleth, found the network was working perfectly

Engineers were left scratching their heads for 18 months when repeated visits to the village, located near to the market town of Machynlleth, found the network was working perfectly

Engineers discovered the TV set was emitting a burst of electrical interference at 7am each day.

They traced the signal to a property in the village and Mr and Mrs Rees confirmed that they switched on their old television at that time every day – causing the broadband in the village to be affected.

There have been no further issues reported with the broadband network in Aberhosan since.     

Suzanne Rutherford of Openreach said such issues are not as rare as people may think.

‘Anything with electric components – from outdoor lights to microwaves to CCTV cameras – can potentially have an impact on your broadband connection,’ she said.

She advised people to ensure their electrical appliances are properly certified and meet British standards.

Aberhosan will be connected to fibre broadband later this year as part of Openreach’s work with the Welsh Government to expand the network in rural Wales.

After the cause of the poor broadband was made, residents said they were determined to track down the owner of the TV to make sure it was thrown out.  

One woman, who asked not to be named, said: ‘We don’t know who this person is with the TV but I’m going to find out.

‘We’re not early morning people so we had no idea that the problems were starting at 7am when the telly was being switched on.

‘Openreach say the person has promised not to use the telly any more – I want to make sure it’s been thrown out.’

Her husband added: ‘We’ve had engineers coming to visit all the time and none seemed to know what the problem was.

‘About a year ago one said that there was a strong electrical signal in the village that could be causing the problems but they didn’t know where it came from. Now I suppose they’ve identified this TV.’

Another villager said they were hoping the speed would be improved even more when a new fibre box was finally connected at the village chapel.

Neighbour Sara Williams said she has experienced broadband issues ever since moving into her home.

She said: ‘Just before lockdown it got to the point we couldn’t even use our phones on it.’Nothing would work then the landline would be down.

‘It’s only just the last couple of weeks that is has worked how it should have been when moving in.’

But Ms Williams says she had no idea it was down to an old television – and has no idea of the identity of the neighbour responsible.

She added: ‘I didn’t realise it was anything to do with a TV.’ 

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Protestors project number of times Donald Trump has played golf during Covid pandemic

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Protestors have projected the number of times Donald Trump has played golf and the total Covid-19 deaths during the pandemic onto one of his Scottish golf courses.

The illumination comes as the total coronavirus death toll in the US reached 200,005 today, the highest in the world.

Its total death rate is more than 60,000 higher than Brazil, the country with the second highest death rate at 137,272.

Footage of the increasing tally outside the US president’s Trump Turnberry resort in Ayrshire, Scotland, was posted by the Led By Donkeys campaign.

Protestors have projected the number of times Donald Trump has played golf and the total Covid-19 deaths during the pandemic onto one of his Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland

Protestors have projected the number of times Donald Trump has played golf and the total Covid-19 deaths during the pandemic onto one of his Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland

Protestors have projected the number of times Donald Trump has played golf and the total Covid-19 deaths during the pandemic onto one of his Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland

In the projection, a date flashes up of when the president has played a round of golf as the number of deaths linked to coronavirus in the US rises.

The video is accompanied by a soundtrack of Mr Trump criticising his predecessor Barack Obama for golfing while president and claiming he would not have time to play golf if he was elected.

By the end of the 57-second video, 24 games of golf have been accounted for since March 7, 2020.

It concludes with the audio of Mr Trump saying: ‘When you’re in the White House, who the hell wants to play golf?’

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America’s coronavirus death toll of 200,000 today was unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation.

‘It is completely unfathomable that we’ve reached this point,’ said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher.

The bleak milestone, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world, was reported by Johns Hopkins, based on figures supplied by state health authorities. 

But the real toll is thought to be much higher, in part because many Covid-19 deaths were probably ascribed to other causes, especially early on, before widespread testing.

The number of dead in the US is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 67 days. It is roughly equal to the population of Salt Lake City or Huntsville, Alabama.

On Sunday, the University of Washington predicting the number of coronavirus fatalities in the US will nearly double by January. 

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In May the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at University of Washington estimated around 180,000 deaths by October. 

Their predication now stands at around 378,000 deaths by January. 

On Sunday, Trump said the US could keep the death toll between 100,000 to 200,000 people it would indicate that his administration had ‘done a very good job’.

The US also set a one-day record with over 1 million coronavirus diagnostic tests being performed, but the country needs 6 million to 10 million a day to bring outbreaks under control, according to various experts. 

The virus continues to spread and there is currently no approved vaccine. 

Some public health experts fear infections could spike this fall and winter, perhaps even doubling the death count by the end of the year. 

If the US could keep the death toll between 100,000 to 200,000 people, Trump (pictured speaking in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly today) said, it would indicate that his administration had 'done a very good job'

If the US could keep the death toll between 100,000 to 200,000 people, Trump (pictured speaking in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly today) said, it would indicate that his administration had 'done a very good job'

If the US could keep the death toll between 100,000 to 200,000 people, Trump (pictured speaking in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly today) said, it would indicate that his administration had ‘done a very good job’

Yet the grim milestone and the prospect of more American deaths to come have prompted no rethinking from the president about his handling of the pandemic and no outward expressions of regrets. 

Instead, Trump has sought to reshape the significance of the death tally, trying to turn the loss of 200,000 Americans into a success story by contending the numbers could have been even higher without the actions of his administration.

‘If we didn’t do our job, it would be three and a half, two and a half, maybe 3 million people,’ Trump said Friday, leaning on extreme projections of what could have happened if nothing at all were done to fight the pandemic. 

‘We have done a phenomenal job with respect to Covid-19.’

Mr Trump last played at his Ayrshire resort in 2018 during a four-day trip to the UK – a visit that cost more than £14.2 million to police. 

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Trump last played at the last played at his Trump Turnberry Ayrshire resort in 2018 during a four-day trip to the UK

Trump last played at the last played at his Trump Turnberry Ayrshire resort in 2018 during a four-day trip to the UK

Before that, Mr Trump last visited Turnberry in 2016 to reopen it after a multimillion-pound refurbishment

Before that, Mr Trump last visited Turnberry in 2016 to reopen it after a multimillion-pound refurbishment

Before that, Mr Trump last visited Turnberry in 2016 to reopen it after a multimillion-pound refurbishment

Thousands of protesters gathered outside the golf course while the president played but Police Scotland later praised the demonstrators for their good behaviour. 

Before that, Mr Trump last visited Turnberry in 2016 to reopen it after a multimillion-pound refurbishment.

At the time, he was the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and staff at the course wore caps with the message ‘made Turnberry great again’, in a nod to his campaign slogan.

Turnberry became his second golf course in Scotland after Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, the construction of which was marred in controversy as he clashed with residents, environmental campaigners and politicians.

The Balmedie course eventually opened in 2012.

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House sales rise in August after stamp duty holiday but are still down 16 per cent compared to 2019

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UK house sales rose by 15.6 per cent in August after the Government introduced a temporary stamp duty holiday for residential properties worth up to £500,000, it has been revealed.

Figures from HM Revenue and Customs found the move, which will last until March 31 2021, saw an estimated 81,280 sales take place in August and also helped to protect nearly 750,000 jobs in the housing sector and wider supply chain.

However transactions were still down by 16.3 per cent compared with the same month in 2019, figures show. 

House sales in the UK rose by 15.6 per cent in August after the introduction of a temporary stamp duty holiday

House sales in the UK rose by 15.6 per cent in August after the introduction of a temporary stamp duty holiday

House sales in the UK rose by 15.6 per cent in August after the introduction of a temporary stamp duty holiday 

Total UK residential property transactions saw an increase in August 2020 compared with those in July. While the transactions have gradually increased month-on-month they still below levels observed in recent years

Total UK residential property transactions saw an increase in August 2020 compared with those in July. While the transactions have gradually increased month-on-month they still below levels observed in recent years

Total UK residential property transactions saw an increase in August 2020 compared with those in July. While the transactions have gradually increased month-on-month they still below levels observed in recent years

On July 8, the threshold for stamp duty, which applies in England and Northern Ireland, was raised to £500,000.

The holiday means nine out of ten people getting on or moving up the property ladder will pay no stamp duty, according to the Treasury. The average saving has been put at £4,500.

The HMRC report said: ‘It’s likely early impacts have been captured within provisional August 2020 transactions statistics.

‘Similar measures were introduced in Scotland and Wales from July 15 2020 and July 27, 2020 respectively.’

The Treasury said housebuilders, estate agents, tradespeople, DIY stores, removal and cleaning firms could also benefit from the increased activity.  

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: ‘Owners doing up their homes to sell and buyers reinvesting stamp duty savings to make their new house feel like a home are also firing up local businesses, supporting, creating and protecting jobs across the country.’

Strict social distancing measures were introduced for the property market from March 26 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Measures were eased from May 13 in England, and the market gradually reopened later in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Seasonally adjusted non -residential transactions estimated for August 2020 also increased compared to July

Seasonally adjusted non -residential transactions estimated for August 2020 also increased compared to July

Seasonally adjusted non -residential transactions estimated for August 2020 also increased compared to July

Transaction figures from August 11 to August 20 saw that impacts from coronavirus were evident in August 2020

Transaction figures from August 11 to August 20 saw that impacts from coronavirus were evident in August 2020

Transaction figures from August 11 to August 20 saw that impacts from coronavirus were evident in August 2020

Data showed residential transactions decreased in April 2020 due to the impact of coronavirus and public health measures but have since gradually increased month-on-month. The figures are still below levels observed in recent years

Data showed residential transactions decreased in April 2020 due to the impact of coronavirus and public health measures but have since gradually increased month-on-month. The figures are still below levels observed in recent years

Data showed residential transactions decreased in April 2020 due to the impact of coronavirus and public health measures but have since gradually increased month-on-month. The figures are still below levels observed in recent years

Mike Fairman, CEO at Checkatrade, said: ‘Since the Government’s stamp duty changes came into effect earlier this year, we’ve seen record numbers of home improvement inquiries to the site suggesting that consumers are planning to reinvest their stamp duty savings straight back into their homes.’

Mark Harris, chief executive of mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, said: ‘Despite only being introduced the previous month, the stamp duty holiday was already filtering through to transaction numbers in August as buyers rushed to take advantage of the saving.

‘Despite the recovery in number of transactions compared with the previous month, the pandemic has had a significant impact on the market with August’s numbers down significantly on last year’s.

‘The data illustrates just how long it takes for property transactions to complete and at the moment, with some lenders struggling with service levels, along with surveyors and lawyers, it is all taking longer than it usually would.

‘Buyers need to be patient, as well as engage good advisers who can help steer the transaction through in as prompt a fashion as possible.’

Joshua Elash, director of property lender MT Finance, said: ‘The significant rise in house sales in August compared with the previous month reflects a positive response to the Chancellor’s stamp duty initiative in the short term but sadly, it is not sustainable.

‘With the ongoing threat of further and more serious lockdowns looming, combined with the end of the furlough scheme in coming weeks, this may represent the peak of transactional activity before what will be an unpleasant fall in the final quarter of the year.’

Jeremy Leaf, a north London estate agent and a former residential chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said: ‘Transactions are a better barometer of market health than more volatile house prices.

‘On the ground, we have noticed no sign of sales collapsing, renegotiating on deals or price reductions in the past few days – more of a determination to carry on.’

Nick Leeming, chairman of Jackson-Stops, said: ‘Our own data is in line with today’s figures and shows a steady rise in market activity, with accepted offers and new listings up month-on-month across the Jackson-Stops network.

‘Despite this, the lingering impact of the housing market lockdown is also clear from today’s data. 

‘Residential transactions in August were still lagging behind 2019 figures, but we expect this to correct itself in the coming months with a flurry of transactions likely to be recorded in September.

‘Looking ahead to the rest of the year, we can expect to see a bounce in the autumn as pent-up demand continues to build. With people spending far longer in their homes than usual, many home owners are likely to get itchy feet where their current property is no longer suitable for their needs or lifestyle.’

He added: ‘Towards the end of the year, buyers will be looking to move particularly quickly to ensure they secure their dream property ahead of the stamp duty holiday coming to an end in March 2021.’

Anna Clare Harper, CEO of asset manager SPI Capital said: ‘For investors, it is becoming increasingly important to understand both the bigger picture and local variations.’

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