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UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson admits there is not enough testing capacity; 3,991 new cases recorded

PM says testing capacity will be 500,000 per day by end of October; close to 4,000 lab-confirmed new cases reported in UKTameside hospital Covid deaths are ‘canary in the mineSouth Wales outbreak blamed on trip to Doncaster racesRayner rebukes Johnson over ‘collapsing’ test systemGlobal coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.30pm BST 5.28pm BST Scotland’s children’s commissioner has called for “clear and direct communication to children and families” from the Scott...
Tags: Politics, UK, Education, Wales, Scotland, UK News, Northern Ireland, Schools, Boris Johnson, Pmqs, Johnson, Brexit, Angela Rayner, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: PM admits there is not enough testing capacity but warns second lockdown would be 'disastrous'

PM says testing capacity will be 500,000 per day by end of October but warns of financial consequences of a new lockdown; Rhondda Valley outbreak linked to trip to Doncaster racesTameside hospital Covid deaths are ‘canary in the mineRayner rebukes Johnson over ‘collapsing’ test systemFamilies having to ‘hack’ system to get coronavirus testGlobal coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.30pm BST Sir Bill Cash, the Conservative chair of the European scrutiny committee, goes...
Tags: Politics, UK, Education, Eu, UK News, Northern Ireland, Schools, Boris Johnson, Pmqs, Johnson, Bill Cash, Brexit, Rhondda valley, Angela Rayner, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson to give evidence to Commons liaison committee; fresh restrictions in Wales

PM to face questions on Covid-19 and Brexit; Rhondda Valley outbreak linked to Doncaster races; patients urged not to go to A&E for testsTameside hospital Covid deaths are ‘canary in the mineRayner rebukes Johnson over ‘collapsing’ test systemFamilies having to ‘hack’ system to get coronavirus testGlobal coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.29pm BST Boris Johnson will start giving evidence to the Commons liaison committee in the next few minutes. It’s a committee made...
Tags: Politics, UK, Education, Wales, Serco, UK News, Greater Manchester, Northern Ireland, Schools, Boris Johnson, Andy Burnham, Doncaster, Pmqs, Johnson, Brexit, Burnham


UK coronavirus live: Rhondda Valley outbreak linked to Doncaster Races; patients urged not to go to A&E for tests

Fresh restrictions in south Wales after cluster of new cases; Bolton hospital boss says 100 people turned up to ask for Covid testsRayner rebukes Johnson over ‘collapsing’ test systemFamilies having to ‘hack’ system to get coronavirus testOne coughing child – and three fruitless trips to the same test centreGlobal coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.27pm BST 2.25pm BST Every household in Middlesbrough will be given free masks with information leaflets as the ele...
Tags: Politics, UK, Education, Wales, UK News, Northern Ireland, Schools, Boris Johnson, Pmqs, Johnson, Bolton, Middlesbrough, Brexit, Rhondda valley, Angela Rayner, PA Media


UK coronavirus live: Angela Rayner attacks Boris Johnson at PMQs over testing and care homes

News updates: Labour leader out of self-isolation but not in time for PMQs; testing shortage could lead to ‘lockdown by default’, says teaching union headSchoolchildren should be next in line for Covid tests, says BucklandFamilies having to ‘hack’ system to get coronavirus testOne coughing child – and three fruitless trips to the same test centreGlobal coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.29pm BST Joy Morrissey (Con) asks if the PM agrees the internal market bill wil...
Tags: Politics, UK, Education, UK News, Labour, Northern Ireland, Schools, Boris Johnson, Pmqs, Johnson, Brexit, Angela Rayner, Coronavirus outbreak, Ian Byrne Lab


Business owners in college towns are 'trying to do everything' they can to stay afloat

Owner Claudio Gianello stands in the doorway of his temporarily closed Café Beaudelaire restaurant, on June 23, 2020, in Ames, Iowa, where the coronavirus surge is serious enough to prompt several business owners near the Iowa State University campus to close voluntarily just weeks after reopening. AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall Businesses in college towns in the US are still reeling from the mass exodus of students that began in the spring and has now remained into the fall. Many schools hav...
Tags: Politics, News, Nbc, US, Trends, Athens, Schools, Patterson, Chapel Hill, University Of North Carolina, Sutton, Ames Iowa, Iowa State University, Charley, Linda, Charlie Neibergall


Cases of COVID-19 in children have increased 34% in Florida since schools started to reopen

Students at Hillsborough High School wait in line to have temperature checked before entering the building on August 31, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Octavio Jones/Getty Images Cases of COVID-19 among school-aged children in Florida have increased 34% since schools started to reopen last month, The Washington Post first reported. Further complicating matters, according to the report, is a lack of state data about COVID-19 in schools, and the state's decision to forbid certain districts from rel...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Politics, Science, News, Washington Post, US, Trends, Cnn, Schools, The Washington Post, Jones, Business Insider, Orlando Sentinel, Department, Chris Cuomo


Masks and disinfectant for schools will no longer be paid for by FEMA, which says they're not a 'direct emergency protective measure'

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2017 file photo, Department of Homeland Security personnel deliver supplies to Santa Ana community residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico. A government watchdog has found the Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires in 2017. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File) As of September 15, FEMA will no longer ...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, California, White House, Trends, Cnn, Fema, Schools, Npr, Department Of Homeland Security, Maria, Federal Emergency Management Agency, HHS, Santa Ana, Department of Health and Human Services


UK coronavirus live: Labour attacks Gavin Williamson over 'summer of chaos, incompetence and confusion'

Education secretary apologises to students once again; Hancock claims England’s test and trace system in global ‘top tranche’Councils in north-west England want lockdown to remain as cases riseJoy, tears and controls: children return to school in EnglandNo mass return of London commuters amid Covid concernsDecision due soon on GCSE and A-level delaysLatest global coronavirus updates 5.19pm BST In the Commons Bob Blackman, a Conservative, asks if the government is considering extending the sc...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, London, Education, European Union, UK News, Labour, Schools, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Williamson, Hancock, Commons Education Committee, north west England


UK coronavirus live: Hancock claims England's test and trace system in global 'top tranche'

Health secretary made claim as he faced MPs; Johnson says UK prepared for more ‘wretched Covid’; Gavin Williamson to face MPs after exams fiasco Councils in north-west England want lockdown to remain as cases riseJoy, tears and controls: children return to school in EnglandNo mass return of London commuters amid Covid concernsDecision due soon on GCSE and A-level delaysLatest global coronavirus updates 4.01pm BST According to the Financial Times’ Jim Pickard, figures from Transport for Londo...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, London, Education, European Union, UK News, NHS, Schools, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Financial Times, Brexit, Hancock, north west England


UK coronavirus live: Johnson says Britain prepared for more 'wretched Covid' as some pupils return to school

PM also claims workers heading back to offices ‘in huge numbers’; Gavin Williamson to face MPs after exams fiasco Downing Street lobby briefing - SummaryDecision due soon on exam delayGap between rich and poor pupils in England ‘grows by 46% in a year’Little room for manoeuvre as UK Covid cases increaseLatest global coronavirus updates 3.16pm BST 3.14pm BST NHS England has announced nine further coronavirus hospital deaths this afternoon. Seven were in the north west, one was in the sou...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Education, Wales, European Union, UK News, Britain, Schools, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Brexit, Gavin Williamson, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Johnson says country prepared for more 'wretched Covid' as some pupils return to school

PM also claims workers heading back to offices ‘in huge numbers’; Gavin Williamson to face MPs after exams fiasco Decision due ‘very soon on delaying GCSEs and A-levelsGap between rich and poor pupils in England ‘grows by 46% in a year’Hancock favoured Tory areas with lockdown changesLittle room for manoeuvre as UK Covid cases increaseLatest global coronavirus updates 1.15pm BST Exams in Wales could be delayed next summer, the country’s education minister, Kirsty Williams, has said.Speaking ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Education, Wales, UK News, Williams, Schools, Boris Johnson, Tory, Johnson, Hancock, Josh Halliday, Kirsty Williams, Matt Hancock, Bolton Council


UK coronavirus live: Johnson says UK prepared for more 'wretched Covid' as some pupils return to school

PM also claims workers heading back to offices ‘in huge numbers’; Gavin Williamson to face MPs after exams fiasco Decision due ‘very soon on delaying GCSEs and A-levelsGap between rich and poor pupils in England ‘grows by 46% in a year’Hancock favoured Tory areas with lockdown changesLittle room for manoeuvre as UK Covid cases increaseLatest global coronavirus updates 12.19pm BST Ben Wallace, the defence secretary, has admitted he made a “mistake” when he broke social distancing guidelines b...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Sweden, Education, Australia, UK News, Tony Abbott, Schools, Boris Johnson, Defence, Tory, Johnson, Patrick Wintour, Abbott, State


Boris Johnson faces Tory wrath as party slumps in shock poll

Party in despair, senior MP says, as Labour draws level in wake of exam chaos and Covid U-turnsHow Labour gained 26 points on the ConservativesBoris Johnson is facing a showdown with furious Conservative MPs over his government’s chaotic handling of Covid-19, as a new poll shows the Tories have surrendered a massive lead over Labour in just five months.As MPs prepare to return to Westminster on Tuesday, Charles Walker, who is vice-chair of the 1922 committee of Conservative backbenchers, told th...
Tags: Politics, Conservative, Conservatives, UK News, Labour, Schools, Opinion polls, Exams, Boris Johnson, Tories, Westminster, 1922 Committee, Charles Walker, Gavin Williamson, Coronavirus outbreak, ConservativesBoris Johnson


Time for a 'Nightingale moment' for England's children, says watchdog

Exclusive: children’s commissioner calls for mental health support and focus on vulnerable teenagersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA “Nightingale moment” for children is needed, providing increased funding, extra training for teachers and counsellors in every school, the children’s commissioner for England has said.Invoking the gargantuan effort taken to build Nightingale hospitals for thousands of Covid patients in a matter of weeks, and the £35bn furlough scheme to...
Tags: Politics, England, Education, Children, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Schools, Education policy, Young People, Anne Longfield


Boris Johnson drops advice against face mask use in English schools

Prime minister makes another coronavirus U-turn days before return to classroomsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePupils in England will no longer be advised against using face masks in secondary schools after Boris Johnson made an 11th-hour U-turn days before classrooms reopen.In lockdown areas such as Greater Manchester, which have greater restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, wearing face coverings will become mandatory in school corridors where social distan...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Education, Society, UK News, Greater Manchester, Schools, Primary schools, Secondary Schools, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Sixth form, Coronavirus outbreak


Keir Starmer tells Boris Johnson: your 'chaos' puts schools return at risk

Labour chief attacks ‘confusion and incompetence’ from government as new educational year approachesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePlans to get all children back to school in early September are now at “serious risk” because of government incompetence and the chaos caused by the exams fiasco, the Labour leader Keir Starmer has warned.In one of his strongest interventions to date, which is bound to draw a furious response from Downing Street, Starmer told the Observer...
Tags: Politics, Education, Children, UK News, Labour, Schools, Education policy, Exams, Young People, Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer, Starmer, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Croatia, Austria and Trinidad and Tobago added to quarantine list

Shapps announces change as Portugal added to Covid safe list; Birmingham ‘likely to join Covid watch list’ as cases rise; Sturgeon keeps Scotland in current state of lockdown as country records 77 new casesCoronavirus cases in England rise by 27% in a weekGovernment spends £56m on consultants to help with pandemicEnd of eviction ban ‘could lead to Covid surge’UK insurer offers cover for European countries on quarantine listGlobal coronavirus live: latest updates 5.29pm BST Lockdown restricti...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, Education, Scotland, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Greater Manchester, Portugal, Schools, West Yorkshire, GCSEs, Exams, Boris Johnson


UK coronavirus live: Birmingham 'likely to join covid watch list' as cases rise

Fears city could be a week away from facing a lockdown; Nicola Sturgeon keeps Scotland in current state of lockdown as country records 77 new casesGlobal coronavirus live: latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.24pm BST Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy, president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, has written an interesting blog post about the decision to disband Public Health England (PHE) and replace it with a new body.You can read it in full here, but here are a few highligh...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, Education, Scotland, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Nicola Sturgeon, Schools, GCSEs, Exams, Boris Johnson, Birmingham


UK coronavirus live: Scotland records highest number of daily cases in almost three months

Nicola Sturgeon confirms Scotland will remain in phase three of four-part plan for easing lockdown restrictionOfqual ignored exams warning a month ago amid ministers’ pressureDisadvantaged pupils will be biggest winners from GCSE resultsFollow global coronavirus developments See all our coronavirus coverage 1.26pm BST The government has urged holidaymakers to “keep an eye out” for changes to the travel quarantine list, amid increasing speculation Croatia could be included after a rise in cor...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Education, Scotland, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Nicola Sturgeon, Schools, Croatia, GCSEs, Exams, Boris Johnson, A-levels, Sixth form


UK coronavirus: top GCSE grades surge to record high in England – live news

Nearly 550,000 pupils in England receive GCSE results awarded entirely by assessment for first time, but BTec students face further disruptionOfqual ignored exams warning a month ago amid ministers’ pressureDisadvantaged pupils will be biggest winners from GCSE resultsFollow global coronavirus developments See all our coronavirus coverage 10.22am BST The GCSE results are in and a first look at the data (which came to us very late) appears to show that this year’s results chaos has benefited ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, Education, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Schools, GCSEs, Exams, Boris Johnson, A-levels, Sixth form, Gavin Williamson, Coronavirus outbreak


California Superintendent Has Plan To Bring Students Back Into Classroom — But Not Their Teachers

(CNN) — Most schools in California will not be reopening for in-person education this month — but one superintendent in the Los Angeles area has come up with a plan to welcome some students back to class. And it doesn’t involve their teachers. On August 19, when Glendale Unified School District kicks off the academic year, 20 of the district’s elementary schools will open some empty classrooms for remote learning. But instead of the traditional 24 students per classroom, there will be no more th...
Tags: School, Education, California, White House, California News, Los Angeles, Cnn, United States, Glendale, Schools, Donald Trump, Los Angeles County, Department of Public Health, LA County, Johns Hopkins University, Los Angeles Unified School District


Gavin Williamson seeks to blame Ofqual for exams debacle

Education secretary forced into humiliating reversal on A-level and GCSE grades in EnglandWhat does the UK government’s U-turn on exam results mean?U-turn on exams may create new set of problems in EnglandGavin Williamson has tried to lay the blame for the exams fiasco at the door of the regulator Ofqual after a humiliating climbdown that overturned up to 2.3m grades but left thousands of pupils in limbo.Two days after saying there would be “no U-turn, no change”, the education secretary apologi...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Education, UK News, Higher Education, Schools, Education policy, GCSEs, Exams, Universities, A-levels, Sixth form, Ofqual, Gavin Williamson, EnglandGavin Williamson


UK coronavirus: university admissions cap to be lifted in England – live news

Gavin Williamson apologises over ‘inconsistencies’ as regulator Ofqual announces all A-levels and GCSEs in England will now be graded according to teacher assessment Boris Johnson urged to intervene as exam results anger escalatesOfqual ‘blindsided’ government by revoking A-level appeals processFollow the latest global live updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.24pm BST The education secretary Gavin Williamson has said it became apparent “over the weekend” that there were “unfairnesses”...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Education, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Schools, GCSEs, Exams, Boris Johnson, A-levels, Department for Education, Williamson, Gavin Williamson, Coronavirus outbreak


A-level and GCSE results in England to be based on teacher assessments in U-turn

Williamson and Ofqual apologise, scrapping standardisation model after outcryGavin Williamson and Ofqual have apologised to students and their parents, as they announced that all A-level and GCSE results in England will be based on teacher-assessed grades.In a spectacular U-turn, the education secretary announced the government would scrap the controversial standardisation model drawn up by the exams regulator to award grades in lieu of exams. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, England, Education, Conservatives, UK News, Schools, GCSEs, Exams, A-levels, Sixth form, Williamson, Ofqual, Gavin Williamson, AS-levels


UK coronavirus: government U-turns on exam results after mass outcry – live news

Exams regulator Ofqual announces all A-levels and GCSEs in England will now be graded according to teacher assessment following similar moves in Wales, NI and ScotlandBoris Johnson urged to intervene as exam results anger escalatesOfqual ‘blindsided’ government by revoking A-level appeals processFollow the latest global live updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.23pm BST Mary Curnock Cook, the former chief executive of Ucas, said the government must announce immediately that the cap on u...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Education, Wales, UK News, BBC News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Schools, GCSEs, Exams, Boris Johnson, A-levels, Williamson, Ucas


UK coronavirus: Welsh government U-turns on exam results – live news

Welsh U-turn comes as No 10 faces intensifying pressure over the A-levels and GCSEs exam grading crisis in EnglandBoris Johnson urged to intervene as exam results anger escalatesOfqual ‘blindsided’ government by revoking A-level appeals processFollow the latest global live updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.19pm BST School leaders in Wales have welcomed the announcement in the last hour that it would accept teacher-assessed grades for A-Levels and GCSEs.Eithne Hughes, director of the ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Education, Wales, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Northern Ireland, Schools, GCSEs, Exams, Boris Johnson, A-levels, Coronavirus outbreak, EnglandBoris Johnson, BST School


UK coronavirus: Tory MPs criticise exams chaos amid reports of announcement later – live news

Government faces intensifying pressure over the A-levels and GCSEs exam grading crisis in EnglandBoris Johnson urged to intervene as exam results anger escalatesOfqual ‘blindsided’ government by revoking A-level appeals processFollow the latest global live updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.22pm BST At least 28 Conservative MPs have publicly criticised the exams fiasco, reports Steven Swinford of the Times. These include the serving Cabinet Office minister Penny Mordaunt and Graham B...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Education, UK News, Bbc, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Schools, GCSEs, Exams, Boris Johnson, A-levels, Times, Cabinet Office, Steven Swinford


UK coronavirus: calls for U-turn over exam grading crisis intensify – live news

Follow the latest on the coronavirus outbreak in the UK as the government faces pressure over the A-levels and GCSEs exam grading crisis in England and its plans to scrap Public Health EnglandBoris Johnson urged to intervene as exam results anger escalatesOfqual ‘blindsided’ government by revoking A-level appeals processFollow the latest global live updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 10.18am BST A theatre company which hoped to stage the only live Fringe event at the Edinburgh festival ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Education, UK News, Public Health, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Schools, GCSEs, Exams, Boris Johnson, Edinburgh, A-levels, Johnson, Edward Leigh


UK coronavirus: calls for Boris Johnson to intervene in exams crisis – live news

Follow the latest on the coronavirus outbreak in the UK as the government faces pressure over the A-levels and GCSEs exam grading crisis in England and its plans to scrap Public Health EnglandBoris Johnson urged to intervene as exam results anger escalatesOfqual ‘blindsided’ government by revoking A-level appeals processFollow the latest global live updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 8.16am BST Tory MP Sir Robert Syms said deciding A-level results by the algorithm is “more unfair” than ...
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