Coronavirus news latest: Student cases soar to highest level since January with fears schools will be forced to close

STUDENT cases have soared to the highest level since January with fears that schools will be forced to shut.

The number of outbreaks in schools has jumped from 96 to 148 – a massive 54 percent increase.

The Sunday Times reports that tens of thousands of pups are being sent home to isolate as Covid cases continue to rise.

Around 214,000 pupils were self-isolating at home due to "potential contact" with an infected person in the first week of June, with 16,100 absent last week.

Of the 214,000 children out of school, only 9,000 had confirmed cases of the virus.

Read our Coronavirus blog below for the latest news and updates...

  • Harvey Lindsay

    COVID BREACH COULD UNDERMINE EFFORTS AGAINST VIRUS AFTER HANCOCK BREACH

    Covid victims' families have hit out after Matt Hancock's breach of social distancing guidance when he passionately kissed an aide, fearing it could damage government messaging on fighting the virus.

    The health secretary has apologised after pictures and video footage emerged of him with Gina Coladangelo, reportedly taken on 6 May.

    The Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group said failing to sack Mr Hancock could lead to a "Cummings effect" and people breaking the rules. 

    The PM considers the matter closed.

    A Downing Street spokesman said Boris Johnson accepted Mr Hancock's apology, adding the prime minister had full confidence in the health secretary.

    Rivka Gottlieb, from the campaign group, told BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight: "If he were to announce another lockdown or further regulations why would anybody listen to someone who doesn't follow the rules themselves? It's a bit like the Cummings effect."

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MATT HANCOCK FACES CALLS TO BE SACKED OVER SHOCKING AFFAIR SCANDAL AS HE SCRAPS PUBLIC VISIT

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock has scrapped a public appearance today as he bunkered down following The Sun's bombshell revelations of a shameful affair with his close adviser.

    Hancock is fighting for his job after facing calls to be sacked over the shameful affair scandal.

    He was supposed to attend a vaccination centre at Newmarket in his Suffolk constituency today but trip would have been undoubtedly overshadowed by mounting questions of him snogging top adviser Gina Coladangelo.

    And this afternoon, Mr Hancock apologised for his actions, saying: "I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances.

    "I have let people down and am very sorry.

    "I remain focused on working to get the country out of this pandemic, and would be grateful for privacy for my family on this personal matter."

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MATT HANCOCK FACES CALLS TO BE SACKED OVER SHOCKING AFFAIR SCANDAL AS HE SCRAPS PUBLIC VISIT

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock has scrapped a public appearance today as he bunkered down following The Sun's bombshell revelations of a shameful affair with his close adviser.

    Hancock is fighting for his job after facing calls to be sacked over the shameful affair scandal.

    He was supposed to attend a vaccination centre at Newmarket in his Suffolk constituency today but trip would have been undoubtedly overshadowed by mounting questions of him snogging top adviser Gina Coladangelo.

    And this afternoon, Mr Hancock apologised for his actions, saying: "I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances.

    "I have let people down and am very sorry.

    "I remain focused on working to get the country out of this pandemic, and would be grateful for privacy for my family on this personal matter."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    HOLI-NO WAY!

    Holidaymakers may now face a longer wait for flight refunds and compensation after a change to complaint rules.

    A new process quietly introduced for "complex" cases could add months to the dispute resolution process making it more difficult for travellers to get the cash they are owed.

    Consumer experts believe the new rules from the regulator, which were designed to better protect consumers, could actually make the already "messy" claims process more difficult.

    Rory Boland, travel expert at consumer group Which? said: "This new rule gives airlines more room to argue that their claim is complex and novel, and that gives them further grounds to delay and dilute what is already a pretty messy claims procedure."

    More on the story here.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    EMAIL PROBE

    Matt Hancock is facing an investigation after using his personal email to negotiate multi-million pound PPE contracts during the pandemic, it has been revealed.

    Since March 2020, the former Health Secretary has been using a private email account to conduct government business.

    In documents obtained by The Sunday Times, it states that Mr Hancock routinely used his own email for PPE contracts and setting up the £37 billion Test and Trace programme.

    The revelation of the secret account appears in minutes of a December meeting between two senior officials at the Department of Health and Social Care.

    More on the story here.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    DRIVEN OUT

    Supermarkets will run out of food within weeks due to a shortage of lorry drivers, industry chiefs warn.

    Experts say around 100,000 lorry drivers are needed to avoid a looming food supply crisis.

    The warning comes as hundreds or thousands of eastern European workers flock back home because of the impacts of Brexit and Covid-19.

    Grocers are expected to run out of chilled food within weeks and could face shortages for all of summer as supply chains buckle from a lack of staff to keep them running.

    Circumstances have become so dire that industry leaders have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him to allow eastern bloc drivers back into the country by adding them to the "shortage occupation" list.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    BREAKING

    Former Chancellor and Home Secretary Sajid Javid will replace Matt Hancock as Health Secretary, Downing Street has announced.

    The highly experienced MP has been described as a "ready-made" minister for Boris Johnson's government.

    A statement from 10 Downing Street said: "The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WHAT COUNTRIES ARE ON THE GREEN 'WATCH LIST'?

    The countries on UK's "watch list" are:

    • Anguila
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Balearic Islands
    • Barbados
    • Bermuda
    • British Antartic Territory
    • British Indian Ocean Territory
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Cayman Islands
    • Dominica
    • Grenada
    • Madeira
    • Montserrat
    • Pitcairn Islands
    • Turks and Caicos Islands

    WHAT IS THE GREEN WATCH LIST?

    Grant Shapps admitted that the majority of the countries that were added to the UK's list are now on the green "watch list" as their "marginal" figures could soon cause them to be downgraded.

    Mr Shapps said sun-starved Brits should be aware that "things might change quickly" and make sure they have full insurance before booking a trip abroad.

    And he suggested only those who have "flexibility" in their summer plans should go ahead and plan a foreign holiday this summer.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      ALL ABROAD

      Between Brexit and coronavirus travel restrictions, going on holiday as a Brit has never been more complicated.

      The list of documents you need to have prepared is longer than ever, and that doesn't even take into account the need to test for Covid-19 when you get back.

      Fortunately, we've rounded up all the things you must have in order before you even think about booking a trip.

      The government has warned that passport renewals could take up to ten weeks because of a spike in demand.

      More on the story here.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      UK RECORDS 18,270NEW VIRUS CASES – THE HIGHEST SINCE FEB

      The United Kingdom recorded 18,270 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, the highest daily rise since Feb. 5, and 23 deaths, official data showed.

      Daily positive cases have been rising in Britain for a month but a rapid vaccination programme appears to have largely broken the link between infections and deaths, with daily fatalities remaining around 20 or lower.

      On Friday, 15,810 new cases were reported.

    • Harvey Lindsay

      LOOSE WOMEN’S NADIA SAWALHA GOES OFF ON MATT HANCOCK IN SWEARY RANT, SAYING HER ‘HEART BREAKS’ FOR FAMILIES OF COVID VICTIMS

      Nadia Sawalha launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock following the shocking revelation of Matt’s rule-breaking affair.

      The Loose Women star took to social media to compare the actions of Boris Johnson to those of North Korea, Russia and China.

      Nadia, 56, said: “I am sure we will still be expected to stick to all the rules and make our teenagers stick to all the rules, and our kids stick to all the rules, while these f***ers continually break them.

      “I don’t give a damn if anyone out of the government breaks a rule, it’s none of my business, I don’t care. 

      “But when the guy who stood on that podium week after week – with his family values face, and with his doing the right thing and pull together message – is groping someone who he has given a contract to in his ministerial office and the prime minister yet again comes out and says I accept his apology and the case is now closed.”

      Read the full story here

    • Harvey Lindsay

      SERIOUS QUESTIONS REMAIN OVER HANCOCK COLADANGELO APPOINTMENT

      Serious questions also remain about whether married Mr Hancock should have hired his millionaire lobbyist Ms Coladangelo for the £15,000-a-year job.

      But as of this morning Boris Johnson was sticking with his Health Secretary, with the Government line insisting it was a “private matter”.

      Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he “absolutely” had confidence in his Cabinet colleague.

      He told Times Radio: “We don’t live in a world where the responsibilities of public work and what somebody has done in their private life are one and the same thing.

      “We’re living in the 21st century and how people live their private lives is a private business.”

    • Harvey Lindsay

      GRANT SHAPPS SAYS QUARANTINE FREE TRAVEL FOR BRITS WITH TWO JABS WON’T BE READY FOR FREEDOM DAY

      Travel to amber countries won’t be relaxed for double-jabbed Brits in time for Freedom Day on July 19, Grant Shapps admitted today.

      With holiday hopes taking a blow, a blow the Transport Secretary said it will be “complicated” to exempt the fully vaccinated from quarantine.

      When asked about that prospect today, Mr Shapps replied: “It’s unfortunately more complicated than that.

      “One of the very big areas is what do you do if children are not going to be getting vaccinations?

      “So we’ll probably focus in phase one on UK people who’ve been double vaccinated, and what that means for their travel into other areas.”

    • Harvey Lindsay

      UK DELTA VARIANT CASES RISE 46% IN A WEEK

      Cases of the Delta variant which was first identified in India have risen 46% in a week across the UK, new figures show.

      Public Health England said there had been 35,204 more cases since last week.

      This week, 514 people were admitted to hospital in England with Covid-19, where reports show 304 were unvaccinated.

      Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said: "Through the success of our vaccination programme, data suggest we have begun to break the link between cases and hospitalisations. This is hugely encouraging news, but we cannot become complacent.

      "Two doses of vaccine are far more effective against Covid-19 than a single dose, so please make sure that you come forward to get your second dose as soon as you are invited.

      "Whilst vaccines provide excellent protection, they do not provide total protection, so it is still as important as ever that we continue to exercise caution."

    • Harvey Lindsay

      BORIS JOHNSON VOWS ONE METRE RULE WILL BE SCRAPPED ON JULY 19

      Boris Johnson is reportedly determined to scrap the one-metre social distancing rule on July 19 even if other Covid measures have to remain in place.

      Cabinet sources suggest the prime minister is set to prioritise the removal of the restriction to give a much-needed boost to the hospitality industry and the arts, reports the Mail.

      However, a recent surge in Covid cases has raised fresh doubts that all restrictions will be eased on July 19.

      It also means that the suggestion Freedom Day could be brought forward two weeks is not likely to happen.

      Ministers will review the latest data this weekend before announcing a formal decision at the “mid-point review”.

      However, a source told the Mail that the early easing of restrictions is “not happening”.

    • Harvey Lindsay

      EXPERT REVEALS ALLOWING QUARANTINE-FREE TRAVEL FOR DOUBLE-JABBED BRITS IS 'SENSIBLE'

      Easing restrictions for fully-vaccinated travellers is a "sensible approach", leading expert professor Neil Ferguson says.

      Professor Ferguson, from Imperial College London, who was appointed during the first lockdown in March 2020, said people who have had both doses of a coronavirus vaccine are less likely to become seriously ill or transmit the virus.

      Prof Ferguson said: "The effectiveness of two doses of vaccine preventing infection is, depending on the vaccine, somewhere between, we think, 80-90%.

      "Even if you do get infected, first of all you're much less likely to be severely ill.

      "But you're also, and this is important for travel, much less likely to transmit – probably half as infectious as somebody who wasn't vaccinated.

      "So overall that leads to double vaccinated people really only posing somewhere between five and 10% of the risk of importing a case than somebody who wasn't vaccinated."

    • Harvey Lindsay

      ASHLEY CAIN’S GRIEVING PARTNER SAFIYYA SLAMS MATT HANCOCK AFFAIR AFTER HER FAMILY ‘FOLLOWED RULES’

      Ashley Cain’s grieving partner Safiyya Vorajee has taken to social media to slam Matt Hancock for ‘breaking rules.’

      It comes after the devastating loss of the couple’s eight-month old baby Azaylia, with strict lockdown measures in place during their time spent in hospital meant that she couldn’t visit friends and family for extra support.

      Safiyya, 34, said: “I was just in mid conversation and thought I’d share it with you guys about the whole Matt Hancock situation.

      “And I feel really disheartened that this has all come to light about what he’s done really, because being in a hospital for such a long time and following all these restrictions and not being able to do so much and having time with your family together…

      “And then seeing him doing what he did is so disappointing.”

      Read the full story here

    • Harvey Lindsay

      MALTA TO ONLY ALLOW FULLY VACCINATED BRITS TO ENTER WITHOUT QUARANTINE AFTER UK GREEN LIST

      Malta will only allow fully vaccinated Brits to enter without quarantine after UK green list addition.

      Malta will only allow fully jabbed Brits to enter without quarantine after holidays to the island were given the green light.

      Earlier this week, Malta was added to the UK's green list – thanks to its low daily Covid case rate and high number of vaccinations.

      But the country announced tighter restrictions for UK holidaymakers less than 24 hours after it was added to our green list.

      They said that Brits who have not received both jabs will have to quarantine upon arrival.

      This means that those who arrive in Malta on June 30 or after will have to quarantine for up to 14 days if they cannot prove they have had two doses.

    • Harvey Lindsay

      GREEK PM WANTS DOUBLE JABBED BRITS TO HOLIDAY AND SLAMS EU THREATS

      Greece's Prime Minister has slammed EU threats to slap a holiday ban on Brits — and he vowed to get double-jabbed tourists on to his beaches.

      Kyriakos Mitsotakis lashed out at France and Germany for plotting to try to bar UK families from all 27 countries across the bloc.

      He told Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel they should focus on getting jabs in arms and butt out of people’s holiday plans.

      Siding with Spain and Portugal in the holiday wars, Mr Mitsotakis came out swinging.

      He said: “We should not adopt a logic of new restrictions but, on the contrary, accelerate the vaccinations. Those who have been vaccinated are protected, those who have not are in danger.”

    • Harvey Lindsay

      PLANS FOR A CABINET RESHUFFLE ARE BEING BROUGHT FORWARD AS HANCOCK TO BE GIVEN A ‘DIGNIFIED’ DEPARTURE FROM HIS JOB.

      We exclusively revealed the Health Secretary’s affair with aide Gina Coladangelo, including how they were caught on camera snogging on May 6.

      Conservative sources have claimed that the Health Secretary could be given a lower-profile role after a number of high profile scandals.

      Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been considering a reshuffle for months, and had decided recently to postpone it until the autumn.

      But it could be brought forward to early next month, allowing the Prime Minister to move Hancock as soon as possible.

      Speaking to the Daily Mail, a Tory MP said: “I think you will see the Prime Minister bring forward his reshuffle quite quickly now.

      “Hancock doesn’t want to quit and the PM doesn’t want to sack him, but it is quite clear that a dignified way has to be found to move him on.”

      Read the full story here

    • Harvey Lindsay

      MATT HANCOCK ADMITS ‘I’VE BREACHED SOCIAL DISTANCING’ BUT DOESN’T APOLOGISE TO WIFE AS HE BREAKS SILENCE OVER AFFAIR

      Matt Hancock has today broken his silence to admit he “breached social distancing rules” – but failed to apologise to his wife of 15 years after his explosive affair was revealed by The Sun.

      The Health Secretary, 42, refused to resign and instead said he “has let people down and is very sorry” as he faces calls to be sacked by Boris Johnson for his brazen steamy clinch in Whitehall.

      CCTV images published this morning showed him passionately kissing his aide – with the dad-of-three shamelessly asking for “privacy on this personal matter” just hours later.

      And he admitted he had “broken social distancing rules” after lecturing the country on coronavirus regulations throughout the pandemic.

      In his very short statement, in which he failed to apologise to his wife or acknowledge his behaviour, he said: “I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances.

      “I have let people down and am very sorry. I remain focused on working to get the country out of this pandemic, and would be grateful for privacy for my family on this personal matter.”

    • Harvey Lindsay

      PRIME MINISTER BACKS MATT HANCOCK BUT AS QUESTIONS KEEP COMING, WILL HE SURVIVE?

      Prime Minister Boris Johnson has attempted to rule Matt Hancock’s affair “a closed matter” last night as questions mounted for the cheating Health Secretary.

      The unfaithful Cabinet minister is engulfed in allegations he broke the lockdown law and the ministerial code after The Sun revealed his office canoodling with an aide.

      And he has still been unable to explain how glamorous pal Gina Coladangelo — exposed as his lover by this newspaper — got a £15,000 advisory role last September.

      Tory colleagues blasted Hancock’s “phenomenal sense of self-entitlement” after his attempt to tough out the scandal by saying he was getting on with the day job of fighting the pandemic.

      And opposition parties branded the PM spineless for not giving him his marching orders.

      Read the full story here

    • Harvey Lindsay

      NHS SOUNDS ALARM OVER RISE IN UK COVID PATIENTS ON VENTILATORS

      The NHS is under ‘huge pressure’ as people in ventilator beds increase 41% during last week, NHS bosses say.

      The deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery, said the number of Covid patients in hospital on ventilation beds had increased by 41% in the last week to to 227, which she said was a strong indication Covid was having an impact on health services. 

      Cordery told BBC Breakfast: “Trusts on the frontline are really coming under huge pressure … they have plans in place to tackle the backlog, but with more Covid cases and demand for emergency care going up, that’s really challenging.”

      Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Prof Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist at Imperial College London, said this and other surveillance data were “encouraging”, despite rising case numbers. Lower hospitalisations and death rates relative to case numbers prove the high effectiveness of vaccines in protecting people from serious illness, he said.

    • Harvey Lindsay

      SCOTLAND'S COVID INFECTIONS RISE RAPIDLY – NEARLY DOUBLE UK

      Scotland's Covid infection rates have increased dramatically in the last week.

      In the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) based on swabs collected from randomly selected households, an estimated one in 220 people are believed to have Covid.

      That figure has increased in comparison to the one in 600 people initially recorded two weeks ago.

      In England an estimated one in 440 people are thought to have Covid.

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