Coronavirus: Exam Results in Scotland and the Relevance of the Poetry


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. Results of Scottish school exams issued

Pupils in Scotland became the first in the country to receive their results under a grading system using teachers’ estimates, after exams were canceled due to the pandemic. Overall success rates at Nationals, Highers and Advanced Highers have increased. But opposition politicians warn there will be a “deluge” of appeals after a moderation process that has seen many ratings downgraded from their original estimates.

2. Warning from the World Health Organization regarding the Russian vaccine

The World Health Organization has urged Russia to follow international guidelines for producing a Covid-19 vaccine after the country announced it would start mass vaccinations in October. The Russian vaccine is not on the WHO’s list of six that have reached phase three of clinical trials, which involve more widespread testing in humans. Find out about potential vaccines in development in the US, UK and China that have reached this stage.

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3. Pizza Express plans to close 67 restaurants

Pizza Express is the latest restaurant group to undertake financial restructuring after the pandemic halted trading. The company plans to close 15% of its UK restaurants – 67 locations – which would result in the loss of 1,100 jobs. Meanwhile, 800 jobs will disappear from Currys PC World as the chain revises its store management structure to accommodate increased online sales.

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4. Holiday pay for 9.6 million workers

Figures from HM Revenue and Customs show the government has covered the salaries of 9.6 million employees as part of its job retention program, with the Treasury paying nearly £ 34 billion since April. An additional £ 7.8 billion has been spent on self-employed income support claims. If you’re wondering what happens when the vacation program ends in October, check out our explainer.

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5. Seven reasons not to give up poetry

Poetry will become an optional field in England next year, due to changes in English literature exams in response to the coronavirus pandemic. But what is its relevance today? Here are some reasons to continue studying poetry.

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