Coronavirus impact on shares

See how the FTSE100 has performed during the pandemic with our interactive timeline


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Use this page to find out how the Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 (FTSE 100) has changed since COVID-19 was first discovered, what events might have caused these changes and who the winners and losers are of a drop in share values. Our interactive chart below shows the correlation between key coronavirus-related events and our take on their impact on the FTSE 100.

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The table below shows the dates of coronavirus-related events and our take on their effect on the FTSE 100. Simply scroll through or use our search function to find a specific event.

Date Event
10/07/2020 Travellers arriving in the UK from 75 countries and British overseas territories will no longer have to self-isolate for two weeks
09/07/2020 It's announced that pools, leisure centres and beauty salons can reopen from 25th July
06/07/2020 Pubs and restaurants reopen in Scotland
04/07/2020 Travel restrictions are lifted and pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopen
03/07/2020 Nothern Ireland allows pubs and restaurants to reopen and the UK government announces that it's travel corridors scheme will start 4th July in England. It includes 59 countries that are exempt from the "all but essential travel rule", meaning those who travel to these destinations can do so without self-isolating from 10th July.
22/06/2020 Prime Minister announced that on 4th July social distancing measures will be reduced to 1 meter plus and that pubs, restuarants, hairdressers and musuems can reopen
19/06/2020 The UK's coronavirus alert level is reduced from four to three
15/06/2020 In England, shops reopen and new rules about wearing face masks on public transport are enforced
11/06/2020 The UK's GDP shrunk by 20.4% in April and signs of a second wave of coronavirus in the US hurt investor confidence
05/06/2020 UK records more than 40,000 coronavirus deaths
01/06/2020 Open markets, car dealerships and schools reopen in the UK
29/05/2020 Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed that the coronavirus furlough scheme will finish at end of October and employers will have to start sharing the cost of the scheme from August
18/05/2020 FTSE climbs as Europe sees decrease in new Coronavirus cases
12/05/2020 Chancellor of the Exchequer extends the Coronavirus Job Protection fuloughing Scheme to October
09/05/2020 Roadmap for easing the UK's lockdown is announced
05/05/2020 UK deaths exceed 30,000, making Britian the worst-hit country in Europe
29/04/2020 Global markets rallied as scientists get closer to finding treatments for Coronavirus and international oil prices rose
27/04/2020 The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, returns to work after recovering from Covid-19
26/04/2020 Covid-19 deaths reach 20,000 in the UK
21/04/2020 For the first in history US oil prices turned negative due to lack of demand
20/04/2020 The UK government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme goes live
18/04/2020 Covid-19 deaths reach 15,000 in the UK
16/04/2020 UK lockdown extended for three more weeks into early May
12/04/2020 Deaths in the UK due to Covid-19 reach 10,000 and the Prime Minister is discharged from hospital
07/04/2020 Boris Johnson is moved into intensive care as his covid-19 symptoms worsen
06/04/2020 As the death rate in continental Europe begins to stabilise some governments consider easing lockdown rules, raising hopes of increased economic activity causing global stock markets to rally
05/04/2020 The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is admitted to hospital due to persistent coronavirus symptoms
31/03/2020 Chinese manufacturing and service businesses slowly start to operate again after lockdown measures being lifted, causing global stock markets to rise
27/03/2020 Britain's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, tests positive for Coronavirus Covid-19
26/03/2020 Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced a support package for the self-employed, however it will not available until June 2020
24/03/2020 US government announced a $2 trillion stimulus package to shore up the US economy, causing stock markets across the world to rally.
23/03/2020 Boris Johnson announces new lockdown measures. People are to remain at home unless they are purchasing essentials, going to a medical appointment or hospital, exercising (allowed once a day) or they're a key worker going to or from work
20/03/2020 UK government announces that all pubs and restaurants should close
19/03/2020 The Bank of England makes an second emergency base interest rate cut this month from 0.25% to 0.1%, which is the lowest it has ever been
18/03/2020 UK government announces that school will be closed from Friday 20th March onwards
14/03/2020 US extends travel ban to the UK
12/03/2020 US President Trump announced a travel ban from the US to 26 European countries (excluding the UK)
11/03/2020 The Bank of England made an emergency base interest rate cut from 0.75% to 0.25% in response to the potential finicial impact of the Coronavirus outbreak
09/03/2020 Economic fears over the coronavirus outbreak coupled with an oil price war between Saudia Arabia and Russia meant the FTSE 100 lost £144billion (more than 8%), making this the worst day since the 2008 financial crash
05/03/2020 First death in the UK from Covid-19
02/03/2020 US central bank makes emergency rate cut
28/02/2020 The virus continues to spread, with most European countries now reporting at least 1 infected citizen
27/02/2020 Various US stock indices reported their biggest one-day falls since the 2008 financial crisis
26/02/2020 South Korea sees the number of infected people surpass 1,000, while the the USA announces its first case involving someone who hadn't travelled abroad
23/02/2020 Cases in Italy exceed 150, making it the country with the third highest amount of infections after China and South Korea
21/02/2020 Italy announces its first death from the virus, while a public health body in the USA announces only three states are capable of carrying out testing
14/02/2020 Egypt announces its first case, which is also the first in Africa
12/02/2020 London's first case is confirmed
11/02/2020 The virus is named as COVID-19 by the W.H.O
09/02/2020 As the virus spreads around China, total known cases in the country passes 40,000
05/02/2020 Cases in Wuhan exceed 10,000
04/02/2020 Hong Kong confirmed its first death as a result of the virus
31/01/2020 UK's first case of covid-19 confirmed.
24/01/2020 France first case of covid-19 confirmed, the first case in Europe.
23/01/2020 Vietnam's and Singapore's first case of covid-19 confirmed.
22/01/2020 Officials announce a quarantine of the greater Wuhan.
21/01/2020 United States' first case of covid-19 confirmed.
20/01/2020 South Korea's first case of covid-19 confirmed.
19/01/2020 First case in China that wasn't originated from Wuhan.
13/01/2020 Thailand's first case of covid-19 confirmed, first case outside of China.
09/01/2020 The first death from the virus occurred.
08/01/2020 Scientists in China announced the discovery of the new strain of coronavirus.
02/01/2020 41 admitted hospital patients in Wuhan, China.

What is coronavirus and why has it affected the stock market?

In early 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) was alerted to a new strain of coronavirus, discovered in Wuhan, China. By 30 January 2020, the disease, which has since been named “COVID-19” had been declared a global emergency. On 11 March 2020, WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. As of the 2nd of April 2020 there have been over 940,000 cases and 47,000 deaths worldwide.

As a result, the stock markets have crashed and the value of the pound has decreased. This is because many companies are struggling or have even stopped trading in an attempt to control the spread of the disease.

Please note that this tracker only correlates changes in the FTSE 100 stocks to coronavirus-related events, other events that influence the rates won’t be recorded.

What events have had the biggest impact on the FTSE100?

28 February 2020: WHO commented that the risk of spread was “very high at a global level”.

5 March 2020: First UK death.

9 March 2020: Oil price war started between Saudi Arabia and Russia meaning the FTSE 100 lost £144 billion (more than 8%), making this the worst day since the 2008 financial crash.

11 March 2020: WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic with almost 5,000 deaths and more than 126,000 cases worldwide.

12 march 2020: President Trump announced a travel ban from the United States to 26 European countries.

20 March 2020: Schools closed in the UK, along with all cafes, bars, restaurants, pubs and leisure centres.

23 March 2020: Boris Johnson puts UK into coronavirus lockdown for at least 3 weeks.

What does this mean for the UK?

The Bank of England has cut interest rates to 0.1%, just a week after it cut rates from 0.75% to 0.25%. These cuts are an effort to address the coronavirus crisis. This can mean a gain for some consumers, but a loss for others.

Who will benefit?

Those on base-rate tracker mortgages
Tracker mortgages move parallel to the Bank of England base rate, so if you’re on one of these, you’ll notice that your payments will reduce.
Anyone about to take out a mortgage
You might see better deals now the Bank of England base rate has gone down, so if you’re about to take out a mortgage, you may benefit from this. This could benefit you if you’re due to remortgage, too.
Those with credit card debt
Some banks are reviewing their credit card rates to take into account the change in the Bank of England base rate, so you might see your credit card interest rate change in the coming weeks.

Who will lose out?

Those with pensions
If you’re still young, this isn’t likely to be an issue right now, as you have time for the stock market to correct itself before you retire. Those closer to retirement will have seen their pension pot fall in value if it is invested in stocks and shares. Annuity rates are also likely to be cut due to the change.
Some people with money in savings
Some banks may cut the interest rate on savings accounts to reflect the change to the Bank of England base rate. It’s still early days, so it’s worth keeping an eye on if you have money in savings.

Got money in investments?

If you have money in investments, the chances are that you’ve noticed a huge drop in the value. While this can make you feel uneasy about your money, it’s important to think about the longer term. It is not possible to predict how long this period of disruption will last but if we look at the decade after 2008 financial crisis, the FTSE rose by 39%. If you want to learn more about potential risks, check out our guide on investment risk.

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