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Traffic back to 93% of pre-coronavirus levels and public transport use at highest since mid-March as UK returns to work

TRAFFIC is almost back to pre-coronavirus levels and public transport use at the highest since mid-March – as the UK gets back to work.

Road traffic is bouncing back as Brits get back on the roads, with use at 93 per cent of what it was before the pandemic fully hit.

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People using trains, tubes and buses has steadily increased since lockdown restrictions were relaxed.

While carriages are still only about 30 per cent full, this is a dramatic increase back to footfall levels last seen before the country went into lockdown.

Boris Johnson called upon the country in July to get back to the office and stop working from home where possible.

He said: “It’s very important that people should be going back to work if they can now.

“I think everybody has sort of taken the ‘stay at home if you can’ advice – I think we should now say, well, ‘go back to work if you can’.”

And the latest data suggests Brits have begun to emerge from lockdown, braving public transport and the roads once more.

It signals a return to pre-lockdown levels of travel, as the country continues to battle the killer bug.

Around half of Brits are thought to have worked at home during the pandemic – after the Government urged people to in order to stop the spread of the virus.

But more and more people have been coming back to the office if safe to do so.

Last Monday National Rail passenger numbers were at 25 per cent and Tube numbers at 28 per cent of pre-pandemic levels.

The Government is being urged to launch a national scheme for flexible rail tickets as many people will continue working from home after the virus crisis ends.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) said the move would save commuters thousands of pounds.

Shave shown that huge numbers of workers will either continue operating from home, or split the week between their office and home.

It comes as flu has killed more people in the UK than coronavirus for eight weeks in a row, new figures show.

Almost seven times as many people are now dying of influenza or pneumonia than Covid-19, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics.

In the eight weeks up to August 7, the latest date for which figures are available, 3,144 people died of coronavirus – but 7,639 died of flu or pneumonia.

Eight weeks ago, a total of 1,002 died of influenza up to June 19 – compared with 783 Covid-19 deaths.

Yesterday, PHE confirmed a further three coronavirus fatalities in the UK, bringing the government’s official tally to 41,369.

It comes after the government ordered an urgent review into how the stats were counted, resulting in only deaths which occurred within 28 days of a positive test result being logged.

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