Some of the UK’s fee-paying schools are in the process of setting up their own track and trace system to monitor coronavirus so they can reopen for the new academic year “come what may”. A governor at one of the private schools said there was “no confidence” left in the Government and headteachers are “furious” with ministers because schools “could have legally and safely opened in this term”.
He told the Daily Telegraph: “We have had enough. We will definitely open in September using our own hygiene measures, our own risk-based assessment of social distancing and our own test and trace system.
“There is no confidence left in the Government, given their failed promises. All schools should do the same.”
Private schools will use the Government’s own legal defence of it’s UK-wide lockdown policies to prove schools were never required to close to fight COVID-19.
Submitted to the High Court in response to a judicial review launched by businessman Simon Dolan, it says: “This constituted a request, not a direction.
“The Secretary of State has not exercised his powers to make a closure direction in respect of any school.”
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is expected to unveil plans for a summer “catch up” programme for secondary school pupils to ensure they are ready for the new term in September.
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7.57am update: Matt Hancock on concerns over Brazil
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Brazil was one country which the UK was worried about new cases of coronavirus arriving from.
Asked at least five times on Sky News what countries meant the quarantine on arrivals was necessary, he said air bridges were still being considered but would not state any other nations other than Brazil.
“It’s really sad to see some of the countries like, for instance, Brazil, where the numbers are really shooting up, so we do have to have this measure in place,” he said.
“I mentioned Brazil, there are others we are worried about. I’m not going to go into which countries.”
7.48am update: NorwegIan Air to resume flights to UK
Airline Norwegian has announced it will resume serving UK airports from July 1 due to increased demand.
The carrier will initially operate flights on four UK routes, connecting Gatwick and Edinburgh with Oslo and Copenhagen.
Since April, Norwegian has only operated domestic flights within Norway due to the collapse in passenger numbers caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Published at Wed, 17 Jun 2020 06:39:00 +0000