Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has instead promised support for tuition for children who need to catch up and millions for teacher training. According to The Telegraph, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Treasury officials are pushing against an estimated £15bn cost of extending the school day.
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The UK has made “really promising progress” towards a completely easing lockdown on 21 June
Hopes were raised to end all restrictions on June 21 after a minister praised the “amazing progress” in the fight against the coronavirus.
Speaking to LBC radio, he said: “It shows that the enormous sacrifices of the British people are really beginning to be delivered.”
He also urged the people not to get complacent and come forward for the job.
Significant drop in care home covid deaths
There has been a 17% drop in care home resident deaths from COVID-19 in England and Wales.
Some 25 resident deaths were recorded in the week to May 21, compared to the previous week.
Since the pandemic began, 42,486 care home residents in England and Wales have recorded COVID-19 on their death certificates.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics cover deaths of care home residents in all settings, not just those in care homes.
UK in talks for more AstraZeneca dosage
Britain is in talks with Oxford and AstraZeneca for higher doses of its vaccine.
The jab has been modified to better target the “beta” coronavirus version, and will fund trials of the shots.
Data from Public Health England shows that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs offer high levels of protection against symptomatic disease, which were first identified in India in those taking two doses of the jab.
In turn, this is likely to lead to higher levels of effectiveness against hospitalizations and deaths.
India’s daily covid cases stand at 132,788. increased by
India has recorded 132,788 new coronavirus cases and an additional 3,207 deaths in the last 24 hours.
The country’s infections stand at around 28.3 million, with more than 335,000 deaths, according to health ministry data.
Russia’s third vaccine more than 80% effective
Data shows that Russia’s CoviVac vaccine has shown more than 80% efficacy.
Interfax says the jab is over 80% effective according to preliminary data.
This is the third vaccine approved by Russia after Sputnik-V and Epivaccorona.
Mass vaccination plan unveiled in Taiwan as COVID cases rise
Taiwan has revealed details of a mass vaccination plan that ultimately aims to cover 1.7 million people in a week.
This follows an increase in Covid-19 infections on Wednesday after six days of decline.
Taiwan is battling a spike in community infections, curbing gatherings and ordering entertainment venues to close, while urging people to stay at home as much as possible.
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung announced 549 new infections, including 177, in recent days in a reflection of delays in reporting positive tests, saying the trend was steady, though it was not falling.
He said cases had risen sharply in the past 24 hours in the capital Taipei and a neighboring city where infections were high.
“It doesn’t seem to be falling, and sometimes still going up,” Chen said. “As much as possible don’t go out and wear a mask.”
Taiwan has vaccinated only 3% of its 23.5 million people, but millions of shots are on order and have begun preparing for a massive vaccination programme.
Additional tuition for students and the option to repeat the year under the £1.4bn scheme
Up to 100 million hours of tuition will be offered to students as part of the government’s multimillion-pound catch-up program.
It comes as the Department for Education (DFE) announced an additional £1.4 billion in funding on top of £1.7 billion already pledged.
The scheme will be available to help children learn in England after months of school closures due to COVID-19.
As part of the recovery package, some Year 13 students will be given the option to repeat their final year if they have been badly affected by COVID.
Schools and colleges will be funded by DFE to help accommodate the additional student numbers.
Matt Hancock will praise NHS in speech today as rapid vaccine rollout continues
Health Secretary Matt Hancock will praise the NHS’s central role in the vaccine rollout during a speech today.
In his comments, Mr Hancock would say the government “supports a lot of horses”, investing “at risk” in various projects.
It comes as the UK reaches another vaccine milestone, with three quarters of adults receiving their first coronavirus jab.
Mr Hancock will speak at the Jenner Institute in Oxford ahead of the G7 Health Ministers’ meeting hosted by the UK this week.
“We started work on how to develop vaccines that will ultimately make us safer, even before the first COVID-19 case in the UK,” he expects to say.
“I was told that a vaccine against any human coronavirus was never developed. We dared to believe and we started early.”
UK set to hit vaccine milestone after zero daily deaths reported
The UK is on the verge of another vaccine milestone for three-quarters of adults receiving their first COVID-19 jab.
More than 39.4 million people have received their first dose so far, according to the latest government figures.
The figures are equivalent to 74.9% of adults.
Hotels and B&Bs to reopen in Ireland as lockdown eases
Ireland will take a significant step towards a return to normalcy today with the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions.
Hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses and self-catering accommodations can now welcome guests at the start of the country’s phased reopening in the summer.
Outdoor services in cinemas and cinemas as well as bars and restaurants will reopen on June 7.
On the same date, 200 people can attend outdoor events in venues with a minimum capacity of 5,000, and up to 100 can attend other outdoor events.
From July 5, indoor hospitality will reopen, while indoor events will be recommended, with a maximum of 100 in large venues and 50 in all others.
Participation in outdoor events will further increase, while indoor exercise and sporting activities will return.
From August 5 more people will be able to attend indoor events, increasing the maximum number to 200 in large venues and 100 in all others.
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