The Office of National Statistics (ONS) is launching two new online surveys as the organisation steps up its efforts to gather enough data to help it understand the effects of the coronavirus on society and the economy.
The ONS Opinions and Lifestyles survey now includes a Covid-19 module to monitor public understanding and the impact on daily life.
The module, which was designed and launched within a week with input from senior analysts, statisticians and decision-makers across government, has already attracted over 1,500 responses.
The second survey is covering the impact the pandemic is having on business, and is being used to collect data on financial and operational performance. More than 4,500 businesses have responded over the past fortnight.
Among the initial consumer findings is that 86% of people have been worried that someone in their family could be infected, while only 51% had someone offering to bring food or other essentials if needed.
For the business community, nearly a third (29%) have had to reduce staff numbers in the short term, although two-fifths (40%) are confident they can continue operating.
ONS deputy national statistician Ian Bell said: “What this has also shown us, is that now, more than ever, surveys are vitally important to gauge public mood and opinion and the impact on business."