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Crowds of pubgoers were turfed out on to the streets at 10pm on Friday night as the curfew brought an early end to weekend revelry in towns and cities across England.
In Manchester, some 1,700 students have been ordered to self-isolate in their halls of residence for a fortnight after 127 tested positive for coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation warned 2 million people could die from the virus before a successful vaccine is found if countries are not prepared to do “what it takes” to avoid such a figure.
The warning from WHO expert Mike Ryan came in response to a question as the world fast approaches 1 million virus deaths, a figure expected to be reached over the weekend.
The learning gap between disadvantaged schoolchildren and their better-off peers “has become a gulf” in the wake of lockdown, a leading educator has warned.
Steve Chalke, founder of Oasis Community Learning, which is responsible for 31,500 children at 52 academies across England, said recent research suggests disadvantaged pupils fell further behind in their education during the lockdown period.
Mr Chalke called on the government to treble the funding aimed at boosting the education of the UK’s most disadvantaged pupils.
He told the BBC: “Government should respond to the need before it causes irrevocable damage by trebling this funding, at least over the next three years, and focusing it on children living in persistent poverty and facing long-term disadvantage.
“It is vital that government makes this move now, to ensure that a generation of children, already disadvantaged before the Covid-19 lockdown but whose situations have deteriorated even further, are not completely abandoned, doomed to spend their lives struggling for opportunities their peers will have ready access to, rather than flourishing.”
Mark Drakeford, the first minister of Wales, said he want more regular and reliable contact with the prime minister.
Speaking on LBC on Saturday, he said that besides conversations in the last week he had not spoken to Boris Johnson since May.
When asked why there had only been “sporadic” contact, Mr Drakeford said: “Well, taking a generous view, the prime minister is incredibly busy, he has a big range of responsibilities and we are all reacting to very quickly changing circumstances.
“I think there’s another explanation, which is that there are some voices in the Conservative government who have found out that devolution exists after 20 years, found they don’t much like it, think it will be much better if we returned 20 years and all the decisions were made in Whitehall, and would rather not be spending their time talking to us very much.”
The prime minister will today call for a global early warning system to help the international community spot future pandemics.
In a speech to the UN General Assembly, Mr Johnson will set out a five-point plan for tackling future pandemics:
– A global network of “zoonotic research hubs” to identify dangerous animal pathogens before they infect humans
New restrictions in Leeds will not be enough to stop the spread of coronavirus on their own, the city’s council leader warned.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast upon the introduction of new rules forbidding household mixing in the Yorkshire city, Judith Blake said: We know that the restrictions themselves won’t just work on their own, it has to come as part of a whole raft of measures.
“This has to be a wake-up call to people. If things carry on the way they are then I can’t see how the government won’t be forced to take more measures that have more of an impact on our lives, on our ability to go out and do the things we need to do to keep the economy going.”
Ms Blake added that if the government provided more testing the city could better tackle the spread: “What we are also saying to government is we need more local testing capacity, trying to get across to government that if they give us the resource to do things locally we can do a much better job than a national programme run outside the city.”
The global death toll from coronavirus could double to 2 million before a vaccine is widely available, a World Health Organisation official warned.
As the world fast approaches 1 million deaths from the virus, Dr Mike Ryan, director of the WHO emergencies programme said: “If we look at losing 1 million people in nine months and then we just look at the realities of getting vaccines out there in the next nine months, it’s a big task for everyone involved.”
“Unless we do it, all the number you speak about [2 million deaths] is not only imaginable, but sadly very likely.”
Two university halls of residence in Manchester have gone into lockdown after an outbreak of coronavirus among students.
All students in Manchester Metropolitan University’s Cambridge Halls and Birley campus accomodation blocks will have to self-isolate for 14 days, even if they show no symptoms.
The city council said the measure was taken after a spike in cases saw 127 students test positive for the virus.
Scientists advising Boris Johnson “never discussed” the widely criticised 10pm pubs curfew, a leading member of the Sage committee said.
Comments from Professor Graham Medley – a member of the Sage group – contributed to a belief that the government adopted the measure without advice.
“I never discussed it or heard it discussed,” he said of the curfew– which came into place on Thursday.
Friday night drinks were brought to an end at 10pm across England yesterday, leaving thousands of pubgoers out on to the streets as the curfew kicked in.
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People leave bars and restaturants at closing time in Soho, London, the day after pubs and restaurants were subject to a 10pm curfew to combat the rise in coronavirus cases in England.
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