Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Wednesday morning. We will have another update for you at 6:00 PM BST.
1. “Serious error” in British border policy
A committee of MPs said the lack of border measures earlier in the pandemic was a “big mistake” and ministers had underestimated the risk that the virus could be imported from Europe rather than Asia. Members of the Special Home Affairs Committee said it was wrong not to tell people returning to the UK from Spain in February and March that they should be quarantined for 14 days. The Interior Ministry said “the right measures were introduced at the right time.”
2. Schools “the first to open, the last to close”
The Children’s Commissioner for England said schools should only close as a last resort if another lockdown is needed to tackle a resurgence of the coronavirus. Anne Longfield said pubs, restaurants and non-essential stores should be among the first to be closed, arguing that children play a lesser role in the spread of the virus and are less likely to get sick. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said getting all children back to full-time class next month was “a national priority.”
3. Is the UK better off than we think?
After another day of disturbing coronavirus headlines, could the UK be in a better position than you think? As ministers warn the number of infections rises and government scientists say the UK may have reached limits on easing the lockdown, our health correspondent Nick Triggle is examining whether there is place to worry. Things may not be as dark as the titles suggest.
4. The Duchess wears a mask for the trip to Sheffield
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, says she cried after visiting a charity in the South Yorkshire town that provides essential supplies to mothers in need. The Duchess was pictured wearing a floral mask for the first time during the visit. Other members of the royal family have also gone into disguise following the easing of the lockdown, including Catherine’s husband Prince William and her stepmother the Duchess of Cornwall.
5. Speed up TV and streaming lockdown
With most countries confined to their homes and having to spend more time indoors during the coronavirus lockdown, the results of Ofcom’s latest survey of our viewing habits may confirm the experience of many people – namely that we’ve watched a lot more TV and streaming services. According to the report, UK adults spent six hours and 25 minutes each day during the lockdown staring at screens. The study also shows that 12 million people have joined streaming services such as Disney + and Netflix.
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