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. Back to school
Millions of children in England will start returning to school today, many for the first time in six months. Things will definitely feel different, with metrics like staggered start times and one-way systems – take a look. Attendance is compulsory, but in Scotland, where schools returned several weeks ago, one in 10 pupils is absent. See what schools plan to do if children test positive for the coronavirus, and get advice if your child can’t wait to go home.
2. Local interlocks
Hundreds of thousands of people in Glasgow and two neighboring regions are waking up with the return of some lockdown measures. Following an increase in cases of the virus, they are being told not to mix with people from other households inside homes. Meanwhile, local restrictions affecting more than one million people in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire have been relaxed – despite strong opposition from two councils, Bolton and Trafford.
Coronavirus hot spots in Scotland
Positive test rate in restricted areas
3. Travel discussions
The UK government and decentralized administrations will hold urgent discussions later on introducing new quarantine measures for travelers. Scotland and Wales already have different rules for people arriving from Greece – and travel company Tui has canceled all resort vacations on the island of Zante. Ministers are also concerned about an increase in cases in Portugal, less than two weeks after the opening of the trip to the country.
4. PM criticized by activists
Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, which says it represents 1,600 families who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus, accused Boris Johnson of being “heartless” after refusing to meet them. The Prime Minister had said he would meet “of course” with anyone in their place, but a few days later wrote to them saying he was “unable” to do so. They made this letter public.
5. Employment program “to offer hope”
A £ 2 billion program is launched today with the aim of helping struggling young people during the pandemic find work. The Kickstart initiative will provide “a future of opportunity and hope,” according to the Treasury. Companies are encouraged to register as soon as possible and in return the government will pay them £ 1,500 to help them set up support and training. Learn more about the industries that are hiring right now.
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