Covid-19: School isolation reviewed and 40,000 fans at England matchon June 29, 2021 at 6:31 am

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Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Tuesday morning.

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Tuesday morning. We’ll have another update for you this evening.

With frustration building over the number of children being required to isolate at home, having been in contact with confirmed coronavirus cases at school, Health Secretary Sajid Javid says he will address the issue. Last week’s figures showed more than 250,000 children in the UK were absent – the vast majority close contacts of positive cases. The Scottish government is also reviewing its approach while, in Wales, the education minister says he’s looking at ways to ensure the numbers isolating are not disproportionate.

Proportion of state pupils in England absent due to Covid
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Research suggests close-fit FFP3 masks – designed to filter out airborne virus particles – could offer health workers up to 100% protection from coronavirus. After finding staff on Covid wards faced a risk 47 times higher than colleagues on wards kept free from infection, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust issued FFP3 masks during December’s second coronavirus wave. The rate of infections dropped to the level on non-Covid wards, says the research, which is yet to be peer reviewed.

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Hong Kong is banning all flights from the UK from Thursday, to curb the spread of the Delta variant of Covid. The UK is to be classified as an “extremely high-risk” country, the highest rating Hong Kong has for pandemic travel, meaning anyone who has recently spent more than two hours in Britain will be barred from flying to Hong Kong from any airport.

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For many, the pain of losing loved ones has been magnified by restrictions on visits imposed in the face of the pandemic. The parents of Ollie Bibby, 27, say they were treated “like criminals” as they were prevented from seeing their son during his final weeks in hospital with leukaemia. Here’s their story.

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Relaxed restrictions mean 40,000 fans will be at Wembley for England’s Euro 2020 last-16 tie with Germany this evening. The vast majority will be willing the home side to avenge a series of defeats in tournament football. England manager Gareth Southgate, who missed a crucial penalty in his side’s Euro 96 defeat to their rivals, says his players have a chance to create happier memories.

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You can find more information, advice and guides on our coronavirus page.

Here’s what’s happening with plans to end restrictions.

Government statistics show 128,103 people have now died, with 3 deaths reported in the latest 24-hour period. In total, 4,755,078 people have tested positive, up 22,868 in the latest 24-hour period. Latest figures show 1,505 people in hospital. In total, 44,454,511 people have received their first vaccination.
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