Coronavirus: ministers consider quarantine of Portugal and delay of exams in England


We have five more things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Tuesday night. We will be back on Wednesday morning with another update.

1. UK plans to put Portugal back on the quarantine list

The government is considering reintroducing quarantine measures for people arriving in the UK from Portugal, sources told the BBC. Portugal recorded more than 20 cases per 100,000 inhabitants last week. Normally, when a country exceeds this mark, the UK government imposes 14 days of self-isolation on returning travelers. A decision is expected Thursday.

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2. Return of restrictions in the Glasgow area

Restrictions on visiting other households are reintroduced in the Glasgow area after an increase in coronavirus cases. Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the move shortly after 6:00 p.m. BST, after 66 new positive tests were recorded in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area. The restrictions will apply to people living in Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire. They will be in place for two weeks, but will be reviewed after one week.

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3. Decision on the promised review deadline “very soon”

A decision on whether to delay next year’s GCSE and A-level exams in England will be made “very soon”, Schools Minister Nick Gibb said. In June, the government announced that exams, typically taken in May and June, would likely be postponed until later in the summer to help cope with the impact of the coronavirus. Mr Gibb said a “range of factors” had to be considered, including the time it took to score and deliver the results by a certain date.

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4. Tens of thousands of absent Scottish pupils

In Scotland, school attendance fell to 84.5%. More than 100,000 pupils in Scotland are absent from school, according to Scottish government figures. However, only 22,821 of the absences are recorded as “related to Covid-19”. The Scottish government has said it is common for other viral infections to circulate after an ‘extended break’ away from school.

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5. Is the spread in Africa slowing down?

The World Health Organization has said the Covid-19 epidemic in Africa may have passed its peak, but it is warning governments not to be complacent as countries relax their restrictions. Globally, the number of new daily confirmed cases is dropping, but some countries are seeing an increase in cases. Here is what we know about the evolution of the disease in Africa.

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