Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Wednesday night. We will have another update for you on Thursday morning.
1. ‘Mutant Algorithm’ Caused Exam Chaos, PM Says
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has blamed a ‘mutant algorithm’ for the chaos of this year’s exam results, as the top Education Department official resigned. The department said Mr Johnson concluded he needed “new official leadership.” Visiting a school in Leicestershire, Mr Johnson told students that ‘your grades were almost derailed by a mutant algorithm’ prompting a union to accuse him of trying to ‘lazily ignore a disaster created by his own government ”.
2. The last minute mask-turn leaves teachers frustrated
Schools in Leicestershire are returning to class a week before the rest of England, which means they have had to adjust to a government decision to require face covers in common areas hours before opening. Teachers said they received “little or no notice” as they “broke their guts to prepare.” Northern Ireland also requires pupils to wear masks from August 31, while Wales said it was for schools and boards to decide. But why have there been so many political shifts lately?
3. I will meet the bereaved, says Johnson
After a group of 1,600 families who lost loved ones to the coronavirus said they asked Boris Johnson five times to meet with them, the Prime Minister said he was “unaware” of their letters. But he told Sky News: “Of course I will meet the bereaved. Families bereaved from Covid-19 for justice warn they are preparing legal action if a statutory public inquiry is not opened.
4. UK faces £ 22 billion loss in tourism revenue
While many Britons have taken their UK vacations this year, a tourism industry body is warning that the absence of foreign visitors could result in a loss of £ 60million in revenue a day. Foreign tourists “remain in droves” due to the impact of the pandemic on the UK, the World Travel & Tourism Council said. It comes as an international economic think tank reported that the UK was hit hardest among major economies by the coronavirus, ahead of Spain.
5. Some restaurants extend Eat Out for Help Out
The government’s Eat Out to Help Out program ends on August 31, but some restaurants have decided to attract more customers in September by funding the reduction themselves – 50% up to a maximum of £ 10. Click here for a list of some of those who have confirmed so far. Research suggests that only 27% of UK consumers feel comfortable eating in a restaurant right now, and only 23% are happy to go to a bar or pub.
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