Coronavirus UK LIVE: Gavin Williamson sets out plan to reopen schools in September as deaths hit 43,906


EDUCATION Secretary Gavin Williamson has unveiled plans for a full return to the classroom at the beginning of the academic year including a £1bn “catch-up” package for schools.

All children and young people are to return to full-time education from September.

Gavin Williamson said today: “Education recovery is critical for this generation of school children turning to normal educational routines as quickly routine is critical to our national recovery too.”

He announced that testing is readily available so that teachers and students can return to school with confidence; all schools and colleges will be provided with a number of home testing kits by autumn; and all schools will have access to their local PHE to get advice.

He also announced a £1bn “catch-up” package and added that as long as the infection rate continues to fall, then from July 20 nurseries and other child care providers will no longer be required to place limits on the size of groups of children that can play together.

Meanwhile, pubs and restaurants are set to reopen outdoors in Wales from July 13, the Welsh Government has announced.

A phased return for businesses in the hospitality sector, including bars and cafes, will be given the go-ahead as long as coronavirus cases continue to fall in the country.

Wales’ minister for international relations, Baroness Eluned Morgan, will set out the proposal at Thursday’s daily press conference.

Now, the coronavirus death toll in the UK stands at 43,906 and the global toll reaches half a million.

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