UK coronavirus live: acting earlier would have made big difference to death rate – The Guardian

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UK dying toll rises by 351 to 36,393

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Publication of faculties recommendation reveals low-risk choices offered to authorities

The Sage group of scientific advisors modelled a variety of eventualities for varsity reopenings, together with low-risk choices for pupils attending on alternate weeks, earlier than the federal government settled on a June 1 reopening plan, in line with papers revealed on Friday.

The papers of scientific recommendation ready for Sage and its subcommittees additionally reveal excessive ranges of uncertainty round totally different eventualities for varsity reopenings and over the chance of transmission of Covid-19 virus by youngsters of various ages.

Some of the current papers, discussing the results of accelerating faculty attendance on transmission, concludes: “There’s substantial uncertainty, with the relative contribution of college openings being pushed additionally by the relative susceptibility and infectivity of youngsters of various ages in comparison with adults, in addition to the extent to which social distancing is or isn’t sustained within the wider inhabitants.”

Collectively, the scientific recommendation does little to assuage fears amongst mother and father and academics over the potential dangers to reopening faculties to reception, yr one and yr two yr teams as quickly as 1 June, as pledged by Boris Johnson earlier this month. Yesterday the governments of each Scotland and Northern Eire introduced that faculties in these nations wouldn’t return till after the summer season holidays.

You possibly can learn the total Sage recommendation for reopening faculties right here

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Lockdown adjustments being eased in London forward of different elements of the nation was hinted at by Downing Avenue right this moment.

Concentrate on the capital comes as Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick introduced that he and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will co-chair a London Transition Board on how the town may ease its approach out of the lockdown course of.

The capital reported no new Covid-19 instances in a 24 hours interval this week. The prime minister’s official spokesman stated that the federal government had already been clear that some elements of the nation might see measures lifted forward of others.

He stated: “What is obvious within the plans is that as we’re in a position to collect extra knowledge and have higher surveillance of the speed of an infection in several elements of the nation, then we will probably raise measures faster in some elements of the nation than in others. And equally we will put the breaks on without having to take action in different elements.”

London is the primary area within the nation to have an official restoration board nonetheless No 10 stated they’re in common contact with regional mayors on how they may reply to the easing of lockdown.

Johnson might meet Trump at G7 subsequent month

Boris Johnson might go to see Donald Trump for the G7 summit, which can happen on the White Home subsequent month.

At a briefing at Downing Avenue, reporters have been instructed:

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Downing Avenue Friday briefing

– Boris Johnson cd go to see Donald Trump subsequent month for G7**
– Extra on the quarantine, faculties and the R price
– No determination but on whether or not faculties shd open at earliest June 1
– 128,340 checks offered to 9am y’day
– Air-bridge concept nonetheless reside

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Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, has urged Johnson to present Trump “a little bit of encouragement” to consider the significance of following scientific recommendation on the coronavirus pandemic if he does go to.

Requested by the Guardian about experiences from Friday’s Downing Avenue media briefing that the prime minister might go to Trump, Sturgeon stated it was not her function to inform Johnson what he ought to ask the president, however stated Trump’s management on the pandemic had been worrying.

“I believe all of us, and I say this not simply as a pacesetter of a authorities, I say this as a citizen, want to see the president of the USA, in his manner and public utterances across the coping with this virus, be just a bit bit extra accountable within the messages he’s giving.

“We snigger generally about earlier feedback about disinfectant and a few of the feedback he has made not too long ago about testing however it’s so vital that leaders – all of us make errors, all of us get issues unsuitable, all of us – that we give clear recommendation and messages to individuals and we attempt to base that on the very best information, science and data we’ve acquired.

“And that’s a duty for leaders at the very best of occasions nevertheless it’s such an vital duty at occasions like this, so maybe a little bit of encouragement to consider the significance of that might not go amiss.”

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London might emerge from lockdown sooner than remainder of UK

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