Coronavirus: Chief Ofqual resigns and latest advice on masks in schools


Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Tuesday night. We will have another update for you on Wednesday morning.

1. Chief Ofqual leaves after exam chaos

England’s exam regulator Sally Collier has resigned after thousands of students were demoted for exams they were unable to take due to the coronavirus pandemic. Chief Ofqual had been criticized after a controversial algorithm altered the A-level ratings, triggering charges of unfairness. This led to many students losing their places in college before a government turnaround meant that teachers’ estimated grades could be used after all.

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Sally Collier turned down interview requests last week

2:00 p.m .: School mask advice may change

The government could still change advice on wearing face masks in schools in England. The official directive is that masks are not required by teachers or students, but Boris Johnson said: “We will look at the evolution of medical evidence as we go and if we need to change the advice, we will. Scottish secondary school pupils are to wear face masks in hallways and common areas from next Monday. Parents have spoken to the BBC about their general fears about the big return to school, and the BBC Reality Check has looked at the risks.

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Media legendBoris Johnson: “If we have to change our mind, of course we will”

3. Birmingham bars and restaurants warned

Birmingham restaurants, pubs and bars that fail to manage the risk of coronavirus could be closed. The city was placed on a government watch list last week due to its rate of infection. Even as this figure is falling, “enhanced measures” – agreed with the government – will allow council officers and police to shut down businesses that do not follow guidelines on preventing the spread of Covid-19 . Over the weekend, police said they had disrupted 70 unlicensed rallies in Birmingham.

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Birmingham was placed on a government watch list last week

4. Notts woman “first to catch coronavirus in UK”

The first person to contract coronavirus in the UK can now be identified as a 75-year-old woman from Nottinghamshire, scientists say. She tested positive on February 21, according to analysis of samples by the University of Nottingham, and is also believed to be the first in the UK to die after contracting Covid-19. In June, it was established that there was no ‘patient zero’ in the UK epidemic.

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5. Oven ready: the big comeback of Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off will return to our screens this fall with a similar appearance to the one before. The show was filmed at a location in July that housed all of the cast, crew, hotel staff, and their families – and the crew had to self-isolate for nine days and spend three Covid-19 tests before entering the hotel. Kelly Webb-Lamb, deputy director of programs at Channel 4, said it was an “incredible feat” to get the show back into production.

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Bake-Off junkies will soon see Prue Leith & Co back in action

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