Recent financial data signalled local lockdowns and the threat of a nationwide lockdown was hampering economic recovery. Data from the new UK regions collected by the Centre for Cities revealed a “significant risk” of a W-shaped recovery or double-dip recession. A W-shaped recovery involves a sharp decline of economic activity followed by a sharp rise back upward, but then followed again by another sharp decline and ending with another sharp rise.
If this double-dip recession occurs economists predict rising unemployment.
The report points to the example of the city of Aberdeen, which after a new lockdown saw an economic bounce back in the city falling from 75 percent of normal levels to below 50 percent.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph Deutsche Bank UK economist Sanjay Raja warned: “The tightening in restrictions is economically important.
“Stricter social restrictions will weigh on the UK’s recovery.
“This is one reason we expect the recent GDP surge to be short-lived.”
After a second regional lockdown in Manchester footfall on the highstreets dropped to half of the pre-virus level.
When restrictions were reintroduced in the city of Leicester spending dropped to a fifth of normal levels.
Leicester had seen a slight recovery since the original lockdown but the second regional lockdown took its toll on the economy.