Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Friday night. We will have another update for you tomorrow morning.
1. Holidaymakers on the run to return to the UK
Thousands of British tourists are scrambling to return to the UK before a 14-day quarantine is imposed by countries like France and the Netherlands. The new rules were announced Thursday evening and come into effect in the wee hours of Saturday morning (04:00 BST). Travel agencies advise people to check online before going to airports, train stations or ferry terminals. Here are some of the stories of those affected by the rule change.
2. Stable virus cases in most of England
Despite coronavirus outbreaks in local hot spots, cases in England appear to be stabilizing, according to estimates by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The ONS, which has regularly tested people in private households since April, said evidence of a “slight increase” in those who tested positive in July has now leveled off. However, the latest government figures released on Friday showed that the number of positive daily tests in the UK was the highest since June 14, with 1,441 confirmed cases.
3. YO! Sushi to close restaurants and cut 250 jobs
YO! Sushi – the company known for its conveyor belt service – has announced it will close 19 restaurants and lay off 250 employees as part of a company-wide restructuring. He said he had to take “decisive action to adapt to lasting changes” brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The company launches a voluntary company agreement, allowing it to close loss-making sites.
4. Labor wants a U-turn ‘exam fiasco’
Labor has called on the government to drop the process used to assign A-level grades in England this year – after exams were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic – and to accept teachers’ recommendations instead. Party leader Sir Keir Starmer said the young people had been “betrayed” by a system that led to a drop in marks of 280,000 students. Many students were left with questions – here the experts answer some of them.
5. The official portrait of Capt Sir Tom Moore unveiled
Captain Sir Tom Moore has become one of the faces of the coronavirus lockdown after his fundraising efforts have raised more than £ 32million for NHS charity, and now his face has been immortalized in an oil painting. An official portrait of the 100-year-old army veteran has been unveiled at the National Army Museum in London.
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