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Coronavirus UK: 23,254 new cases and 162 deaths in daily number


Another 162 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK today. This is the highest increase on Sunday since May.

In the past 24 hours, 23,254 cases were reported – 17.5 percent more than last Sunday's 19,790 cases.

The UK death toll hasn't been as high on a Sunday since May 24, when 379 people died. There were 151 deaths last Sunday – 7 percent fewer than this week.

The numbers – which cover deaths in nursing homes, hospitals and the wider community – come a day after Boris Johnson announced that England would face a second nationwide lockdown starting Thursday.

As part of the draconian new measures, all pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops will be closed and people will only be able to leave their homes for certain reasons, such as: B. to make important purchases or to move outdoors.

Of today's death toll, 137 people died in hospital in England. All were between 45 and 103 years old. All but five, who were between 45 and 81 years old, had known health problems.

Another day of Covid news follows:

  • Boris Johnson yesterday announced a four-week lockdown, Thursday through December 2, after numerous coronavirus cases emerged.
  • New restrictions are closing all pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops.
  • People can only leave their home for certain reasons, such as: For example, to make important purchases, move around and work when they are unable to work from home.
  • Former scientific adviser Sir Mark Walport said the new restrictions are not as "strict" as the first time and there is a "possibility" that the restrictions will have to stay in place for more than four weeks.
  • Thousands have taken to Main Street today to make up for lost shopping time as key stores will close during the second nationwide lockdown.

Eight more Covid-19 deaths and 685 new cases have been reported in Northern Ireland.

There were 819 new cases and 16 deaths in Wales. There were 1,148 new cases and six more deaths in Scotland.

The prime minister stood outside the country last night to announce a four-week shutdown, Thursday through December 2, after numerous cases of coronavirus emerged that could cause thousands of deaths.

But timing wasn't his choice – instead, he had to speed up the announcement after his plans were leaked from a secret ministerial meeting on Friday.

Downing Street officials were furious to read details of the lockdown in the opening issues of the Daily Mail on Saturday just hours after the decision was made by the "quad" of Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove and Mr. Hancock.

It forced Mr Johnson to move the announcement of the measure forward from Monday to yesterday, although many details were still being finalized.

The leak meant the shutdown was on the front pages before the rest of the Cabinet were informed of the decision.

Cabinet minister Mr Gove said today that he had not disclosed details of the new coronavirus lockdown restrictions before the government intended to announce them – nor did he know who he might be.

Mr Johnson has opened an investigation to find the source of the leak, but Mr Gove insisted it wasn't.

A Covid-19 testing site in Leicester after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that a new national lockdown will go into effect in England next week

A Covid-19 testing site in Leicester after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that a new national lockdown will go into effect in England next week

The swabs will be collected on November 1st at a Covid-19 testing site in Leicester

The swabs will be collected on November 1st at a Covid-19 testing site in Leicester

When asked by the BBC's Andrew Marr whether he leaked the information, Mr. Gove replied, "No." When asked if he knew who it leaked, he said, "No."

Mr Gove suggested that England would risk spending Christmas under a full lockdown if the four-week November shutdown fails to tackle the second wave of coronavirus to hit the nation.

The Cabinet Office Minister let the specter of a gloomy December with closed pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops arise if the R-Rate does not drop enough, even though the closure is meant to save the festive season.

SAGE expert warns schools may have to close to control Covid as Michael Gove insists they stay open during winter lockdown

By Katie Feehan and David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent for Mailonline

If schools stay open in England during the November lockdown, it could mean infection rates stay higher for longer than when nationwide restrictions were introduced in March, a senior scientist warned.

Former chief scientific adviser Sir Mark Walport said the new restrictions are not as "strict" as the first time and there is a "possibility" that the restrictions will have to stay in place for more than four weeks.

In an interview with Skys Sophy Ridge on Sunday, he warned: "It is unlikely that this time it will come down as quickly as the first lockdown because we have schools open."

His comments were echoed by Sir Jeremy Farrar, a member of the government's Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage), who said transmission to secondary schools was "high".

He told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show, “The big difference from the initial lockdown is that schools stay open.

“Since we have delayed the start of this lockdown, it will be more difficult to keep schools open.

“We know that transmission is particularly high in secondary schools.

“Personally, I think this is definitely the lockdown that needs to be put in place now, but if this carryover continues to increase, especially in secondary schools, it may need to be checked again in the next four weeks to bring R below one and the Reduce epidemic. & # 39;

The National Education Union has urged the government to close schools and colleges with the introduction of new national restrictions in England. If this is not done, the measures will be less effective.

His joint secretary general Kevin Courtney said, "We think it's a really missed opportunity, it's another half-measure, and without school closings as part of it, it's unlikely to have the effect the Prime Minister wanted."

But Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove suggested that the government wanted to keep students in classrooms, even if it meant extending the lockdown.

"I don't think that would be the case, but I do believe that we want to keep the schools open and I believe that the actions we are taking will enable us to do this," he told Marr.

Labor has said it supports keeping schools open. Party leader Sir Keir Starmer said they have to "stay open, but we have to get the risk under control".

When he appeared on TV this morning, he defended Boris Johnson's decision last night to plunge England into a full lockdown, despite previously calling it a "nuclear option".

Meanwhile, it became known today that the decision to issue a second national lockdown has created a rift among Conservatives.

Angry Tory anti-lockdown MPs last night accused Boris Johnson of plunging into an English-wide shutdown after No10 suspended its three-tier Covid-19 alert system.

Conservatives were outraged that plans to plunge the country into a second closure had leaked in Saturday's newspapers, including the Mail, ahead of the prime minister's announcement in parliament.

The Prime Minister's allies have suggested that ministers pushing for further shutdowns – Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Prime Minister Michael Gove – had hoped to leak out the new measures to secure the new measures.

On a WhatsApp message from the PA news agency, Mr Johnson wrote to MPs apologizing and reassuring them that Downing Street had not informed journalists of the measures.

With MPs expected to vote on the measures on Wednesday, the prime minister will have to keep the back benches, a significant number of whom are very skeptical of restrictions, on the side.

But senior Tories are concerned about the new shutdown, which they believe will leave the already weak British economy in tatters and potentially tear the party apart.

Sir Robert Syms, an ex-Tory whip, suggested that No10 had not properly "checked" the progress of the three-tier system, where restrictions of varying severity apply to individual regions.

Desmond Swayne, the Conservative MP for New Forest West, described the move as "catastrophic" and accused cabinet ministers of behaving like "headless chickens".

Meanwhile, Tory MPs told Times Radio's Matt Chorley that the prime minister was "borrowed time" and "completely incapable" while another allegedly said, "I think it might be Suez."

It comes when Mr Johnson announced last night that England was being plunged into a second national shutdown that is due to go into effect from midnight Thursday through December 2nd.

People need to stay home unless they have specific reasons such as: For example, going to school or college or going to the supermarket while restaurants and non-essential shops are closed.

Childcare, early years facilities, schools, colleges and universities will remain open, and the Prime Minister told the press conference: "We cannot allow this virus to harm our children's future any more than it has before."

One said, “Is this a deliberate destruction of the Tory Party? People only choose us because they think we don't care, but they are competent. Lose the competence and we are f **** d. We have lost the competence. And we're crazy. & # 39;

However, senior ministers and MPs who have turned down calls for a second lockdown appear to have been convinced by data showing that without action, the NHS would be overwhelmed next month.

It is believed to include Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who confirmed that the Treasury Department is extending vacation payments to 80 percent of monthly salaries, and Interior Minister Priti Patel.

And rebel ringleader Steve Baker told Sky News: "I want to encourage all members of the public and all members of Parliament to listen extremely carefully to what the Prime Minister says today and in the days ahead."

Angry anti-lockdown MPs from Tory accused Boris Johnson yesterday evening of plunging into an English-wide shutdown after No10 suspended its three-tier Covid-19 alert system

Angry anti-lockdown MPs from Tory accused Boris Johnson last night of throwing himself into an English-wide shutdown after No10 suspended its three-tier Covid-19 alarm system

Michael Gove

Matt Hancock

The Prime Minister's allies have suggested that ministers pushing for more closings – Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Prime Minister Michael Gove – had hoped to secure the new measures by passing them on

Lockdown skeptic Sir Graham Brady, Tory shop steward and chairman of the influential Backbenchers Committee from 1922, was silent after the press conference on No10's announcement. If Downing Street can convince Sir Graham and Mr. Baker to back the measure, any Tory revolt in the House of Commons next Wednesday is likely to be minimal and easy to deal with

Lockdown skeptic Sir Graham Brady, Tory shop steward and chairman of the influential Backbenchers Committee from 1922, was silent after the press conference on No10's announcement. If Downing Street can convince Sir Graham and Mr. Baker to back the measure, any Tory revolt in the House of Commons next Wednesday is likely to be minimal and easy to deal with

Lockdown skeptic Sir Graham Brady, Tory shop steward and chairman of the influential Backbenchers Committee from 1922, was silent after the press conference on No10's announcement.

If Downing Street can convince Sir Graham and Mr. Baker to back the measure, any Tory revolt in the House of Commons next Wednesday is likely to be minimal and easy to deal with.

Sir Robert tweeted, “I'm open to further action (but) we have a regional approach that we don't have time to work on. If we need to optimize it, let's measure what works and discard what doesn't. Right now, the government is getting caught up in a change before we have checked the progress. & # 39;

The CBI chief warns the government against "keeping as much of the economy open as possible" while calling on Boris Johnson to prove he supports the business

A second lockdown in the UK means a “real body blow” for companies, while the next four weeks should be used to “really prepare for what might come next,” the head of the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) warned Salons and fitness studios and the hotel industry will close their doors again.

CBI's outgoing general manager Dame Carolyn Fairbairn said on Sky News 'Sophy Ridge this morning that Boris Johnson's new set of restrictions will lead to a' incredibly difficult time for the business' but that many have shown through the innovation and resilience first lock.

She said, “We must do everything we can to minimize the damage caused by the second suspension.

“We need to keep as much of the economy open as possible, and as more companies are now Covid-safe, manufacturing and construction should be able to stay open.

“The fact that we have schools open is really fundamental because people can go to work.

"We have to protect jobs and the economy, and the fact that we have the job retention system, the vacation that continues, is really very, very fundamental."

However, Dame Fairbairn added that the next few weeks were of the essence and said the introduction of rapid tests would becould be a total game changer and allow more of our economy to be open and to work safely and productively. & # 39;

When asked how businesses will fare with a second lockdown, Dame Fairbairn said some will certainly need cash grants while "certain sectors like aviation are absolutely on their knees with this additional travel ban".

While action has already been taken in the hospitality sector, including restaurants, bars and hotels, supply chains for this sector are likely to be “hard hit”, she added.

There are also concerns for the leisure and beauty sectors, including gyms, hairdressers, hairdressers, and beauty salons, which didn't open their doors until July after the initial lockdown.

On the subject of whether Boris Johnson is a supporter of the deal, Dame Fairbairn said: & # 39;I think he's in his bones, but what we need to see now is that in action. & # 39;

She added, "I think this is an opportunity for the Prime Minister to make it absolutely clear that he supports the deal because that is what this country, this government-business collaboration, needs to get us through."

Mr. Swayne said, “Lockdowns make everyone poorer and poor people make poorer. I fear that more people will die sooner than they would have as a result of the decision.

"80,000 people die in a bad flu season, but we don't act like headless chickens."

Sir Charles Walker, vice chairman of the 1922 committee, told the BBC: “There has to be another way of doing this. If you want first world public services, you need a first world economy.

“Come spring, we will no longer have a first world economy. We will not be able to pay pensions, employ people, collect taxes, finance armies, finance police forces. Our hotel business will be ready. It is absolutely disastrous. & # 39;

The Prime Minister's allies have suggested that the ministers pushing for further shutdowns – Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Prime Minister Michael Gove – had hoped to leak the new measures into place.

At the center of the scientific data backing Mr Johnson's decision to put England into a second lockdown was a graph comparing the predictions of a number of academic modeling groups, including Imperial College.

They show that the number of deaths without intervention has peaked at 4,000 deaths per day. In their reasonable worst-case scenario for the winter, a maximum of around 800 deaths per day were predicted.

At a press conference on Downing Street, Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance said that there are currently "around 50,000 new cases a day" in England.

Citing data from the Office for National Statistics, the Chief Medical Officer for England claimed the prevalence of this disease has increased extremely rapidly in recent weeks.

Prof. Whitty said the transmission rate was "very flat" in the spring and summer due to the work of everyone in the country before claiming that NHS England hospital stays are now increasing "exponentially".

He said the number of people in hospital beds would top the peak of the first wave without further action, adding that the prevalence is increasing "in virtually all parts of the country" except possibly in the northeast, where more stringent measures are in place, and cases are not limited to any age group.

The Chief Medical Officer for England said, “Right now this is only approaching the peak we had before in the North West, but it is increasing in every area. And if we don't do anything, the inevitable result is that those numbers will rise and eventually surpass the high we saw earlier this spring. & # 39;

Sir Patrick, the UK's main scientific advisor, then said that if cases continue to rise, "in terms of winter deaths, there is the potential for it to be twice or more worse than the first wave".

Most of SAGE's models predict and predict around 2,000 deaths from the virus every day in winter Hospital stays are expected to peak in mid-December, with deaths increasing until at least the end of December.

Meanwhile, a separate paper in Whitehall warns that the NHS will not be able to accept patients until Christmas even if the Nightingale hospitals are in use.

This document, based on NHS England October 28 modeling, claims that the South West of England and the Midlands will be the first to run out of capacity in two weeks.

Mr. Johnson said it would be a "medical and moral disaster, beyond raw death" if the NHS were overrun, claiming "the sheer weight of Covid demand would mean robbing tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people . " Non-Covid patients with the care they need. & # 39;

The prime minister described the pandemic as "an ongoing struggle and balance that any government must strike between life and livelihood, and obviously life must come first".

He added, "Yes, it is true that the course of the pandemic has changed and it is also right that the government is changing and modulating its response accordingly and I make absolutely no apologies for that."

Timeline of the 24 hours that shaped Lockdown 2.0: How the expiration of plans for a new four-week shutdown in November and the ensuing political chaos forced Boris Johnson to act – and devastated Strictly Come Dancing

This is how the bombing period in coronavirus policy went:

Friday October 31st

Prime Minister Boris Johnson received hard facts about real people in hospital beds and the debate was practically over

2 p.m .: A senior SAGE source informs reporters that it is "not too late to save Christmas" with a month-long full national lockdown in England.

They are calling for the closure of all pubs, restaurants and venues where households mix indoors.

It comes after a government-led study by Imperial College London was published which found that nearly 100,000 people contract Covid-19 every day in the UK.

Heat maps were presented at the press conference, showing that the infections are spreading to older age groups

Heat maps were presented at the press conference, showing that the infections are spreading to older age groups

The REACT-1 project, which wiped tens of thousands of people each week, estimated that around 96,000 people were infected daily in England by October 25.

French President Emmanuel Macron has already announced a second national lockdown by the end of November, and Chancellor Angela Merkel also announces a less stringent lockdown, but this includes the closure of restaurants, gyms and theaters.

3 PM: The contributions will be published online from a SAGE meeting, which shows that advisors warned ministers on October 14th that the UK could be in a more serious situation than the scientists' worst case scenario.

They say "we are violating the number of infections and hospital admissions in the 'Reasonable Worst Case" planning scenario "and the outlook for the future spread of Covid-19 has been" worrying "if no action is taken.

The SAGE papers warn that, according to modeling, up to 74,000 people could be infected per day in England alone, well beyond the worst-case scenario.

LATE AFTERNOON: The almighty Covid Quad committee, which made all key strategic decisions during the pandemic, met with 20 experts in the cabinet office on Friday.

Boris Johnson, chairman of the committee meeting, fought what one source called a "valiant struggle" to keep the country open, "argue with itself" and approve of many of his Chancellor's Hawk warnings about the economic carnage involved .

Every time Health Secretary Matt Hancock made his case for the lockdown, Mr. Gove had his support.

Both ministers were encouraged by France and Germany's move to lock them down completely.

The Prime Minister continued to support his Chancellor until Sir Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, sentenced the country to another month in prison.

EARLY EVENING: Downing Street is informed that ITV Political Editor Robert Peston has received a "reading of the entire meeting," according to the Times.

The Prime Minister continued to support Rishi Sunak's hopes of keeping the economy open until Sir Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, sentenced the country to another month in prison.

The Prime Minister continued to support Rishi Sunak's hopes of keeping the economy open until Sir Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, sentenced the country to another month in prison.

10.30 p.m .: No10's plans to shut down England for at least a month have also been leaked in the Daily Mail and will be announced when the first issue of the paper comes out on Saturday.

The mail learns that SAGE told ministers that Covid-19 is spreading "significantly" faster than even their original prediction of the "worst-case scenario".

Downing Street is angry at reading details of the lockdown in the first editions of the Saturday newspapers, hours after Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove and Matt Hancock made the decision.

The leak means the shutdown was on the front pages before the rest of the cabinet was informed and sparked widespread anger among politicians and business leaders.

Saturday October 31st

7AM: BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg reveals that some of the information shown to the quad includes that daily deaths could exceed 4,000

11 clock:: Boris Johnson calls an unscheduled cabinet meeting to inform angry ministers of his plans. With just a few hours left, he also calls a hastily arranged live press conference at 4 p.m. to let the nation know of his plans.

11 clock: Downing Street opens an investigation to find the source of the story. The government reportedly wanted to keep the plan quiet until Monday.

Several government sources tried to blame Matt Hancock by accusing him of trying to get the prime minister to announce the lockdown before he could worry. The Minister of Health vigorously denied the allegations.

However, other sources pointed a finger at Mr. Gove – the other "pigeon" in the quad – and suggested that Mr. Hancock be made the "case type" for the leak.

Mr Gove flatly denied the claim this morning.

1.30 p.m .: The cabinet meets virtually and the Prime Minister dials in from Downing Street. It takes over an hour

2.30 p.m .: The press conference has been postponed to 5 p.m., suggesting the lockdown plans are still being worked out and discussed by ministers.

3:40 pm: Mr Peston tweeted a summary of the actions Mr Johnson will announce at the press conference following the cabinet meeting.

3.58 a.m .: The BBC's Nick Eardly reveals similar details about what is being announced.

4:50 p.m .: The press conference will be postponed to 6.30 p.m.

17 o'clock: It turns out that Mr. Johnson apologized to Conservative MPs and informed them that he will open an investigation to find the "culprit" who released details of the new lockdown prior to his announcement.

Mr Johnson sends a message to Conservative MPs on WhatsApp to apologize and warn that there are "no easy short-term options". "Folks – I'm so sorry you heard about it in the papers today," he wrote.

"Let me assure you that the leak wasn't briefing # 10 and we have indeed opened an investigation to catch the culprit." I was hoping to make the announcement in Parliament on Monday, but to avoid further uncertainty, I will be holding a press conference on Downing Street tonight.

“My team will make sure that in the coming days you will have access to all the data and information from scientists you need. Please speak to your whip when you have something to feed.

“I assure you that we will do what we think is best for the country and ensure that the NHS is not overwhelmed in a way that could cost many thousands of lives.

“There is a clear way out, with better drugs and rapid tests – and the real prospect of a vaccine. Our country will recover well. But I'm afraid there are no easy short-term options. Best Boris. & # 39;

6:45 pm: Boris Johnson, along with Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Patrice Vallance, is finally facing the belated press conference.

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty

The press conference lasts just under half an hour and is part of the broadcast of the latest episode of Strictly Come Dancing.

The stations had already put the Little Mix talent show on for a 4pm address, and when it was reset to 5pm, Reeta Chakrabarti held a half-hour news special at 4.30pm.

However, she still presented the program at 7:13 p.m., so Mastermind was also canceled.

7.14 p.m .: Strictly speaking, attendees and production staff find it aired just seconds before the network began playing the introductory music around 7:14 p.m. – four minutes after the originally scheduled time.

The press conference lasts just under half an hour and is part of the broadcast of the latest episode of Strictly Come Dancing

The press conference lasts just under half an hour and is part of the broadcast of the latest episode of Strictly Come Dancing

Sources on the show said that at some point it was expected that the show would be postponed to a later day as no information had come from the planning department.

One said last night, “We had no idea what was going on. We kept running out of time.

& # 39; It was total chaos. There were calls back and forth but no one knew what Boris and his team were doing, so everyone on the Strictly team got stuck. You can imagine the nerves behind the scenes among the dancers. & # 39;

Fans on Twitter also made fun of the situation. Broadcaster Matt Chorley wrote: "Of all the extremely dangerous things this government has done, the riskiest thing seems to be to fiddle with the start of Strictly."

SATURDAY NIGHT:

Tory Backbench Lockdown Hawks are venting their anger over the new announcement.

Sir Robert Syms, an ex-Tory whip, suggested that No10 had not properly "checked" the progress of the three-tier system, where restrictions of varying severity apply to individual regions.

Sir Robert tweeted, “I'm open to further action (but) we have a regional approach that we don't have time to work on. If we need to optimize it, let's measure what works and discard what doesn't. Right now, the government is getting caught up in a change before we have checked the progress. & # 39;

Desmond Swayne, the Conservative MP for New Forest West, described the move as "catastrophic" and accused cabinet ministers of behaving like "headless chickens".

Mr. Swayne said, “Lockdowns make everyone poorer and poor people make poorer. I fear that more people will die sooner than they would have as a result of the decision.

"80,000 people die in a bad flu season, but we don't act like headless chickens."

Sir Charles Walker, vice chairman of the 1922 committee, told the BBC: “There has to be another way of doing this. If you want first world public services, you need a first world economy. & # 39;

Could schools be next? The SAGE expert warns that classrooms may have to be closed to control Covid as Michael Gove insists they stay open during the winter lockdown – and Kier Starmer agrees despite the backlash from the unions

If schools stay open in England during the November lockdown, it could mean infection rates stay higher for longer than when nationwide restrictions were introduced in March, a senior scientist warned.

Former chief scientific adviser Sir Mark Walport said the new restrictions are not as "strict" as the first time and there is a "possibility" that the restrictions will have to stay in place for more than four weeks.

In an interview with Skys Sophy Ridge on Sunday, he warned: "It is unlikely that this time it will come down as quickly as the first lockdown because we have schools open."

His comments were echoed by Sir Jeremy Farrar, a member of the government's Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage), who said transmission to secondary schools was "high".

He told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show, “The big difference from the initial lockdown is that schools stay open.

“Since we have delayed the start of this lockdown, it will be more difficult to keep schools open.

“We know that transmission is particularly high in secondary schools.

SAGE advisor Sir Jeremy Farrar said the government may need to reconsider keeping schools open during the lockdown if the transfer rate in secondary schools does not drop

SAGE advisor Sir Jeremy Farrar said the government may need to reconsider keeping schools open during the lockdown if the transfer rate in secondary schools does not drop

“Personally, I think this is definitely the lockdown that needs to be put in place now, but if this carryover continues to increase, especially in secondary schools, it may need to be checked again in the next four weeks to bring R below one and the Reduce epidemic. & # 39;

The National Education Union has urged the government to close schools and colleges with the introduction of new national restrictions in England. If this is not done, the measures will be less effective.

His joint secretary general Kevin Courtney said, "We think it's a really missed opportunity, it's another half-measure, and without school closings as part of it, it's unlikely to have the effect the Prime Minister wanted."

But Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove suggested that the government wanted to keep students in classrooms, even if it meant extending the lockdown.

"I don't think that would be the case, but I do believe that we want to keep the schools open and I believe that the actions we are taking will enable us to do this," he told Marr.

Labor has said it supports keeping schools open. Party leader Sir Keir Starmer said they have to "stay open, but we have to get the risk under control".

Michael Gove, pictured on the Andrew Marr Show, has guaranteed that schools will not be closed under any circumstances under the national lockdown, despite concerns from SAGE experts

Michael Gove, pictured on the Andrew Marr Show, has guaranteed that schools will not be closed under any circumstances under the national lockdown, despite concerns from SAGE experts

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer insisted that classrooms should not be closed if England closes the store for four weeks from Thursday, despite unions calling for them to close

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer insisted that classrooms should not be closed if England closes the store for four weeks from Thursday, despite unions calling for them to close

Sir Keir Starmer got himself on a collision path with unions teaching today, stating that schools must remain open during the next lockdown for the good of the children.

The Labor leader insisted that classrooms should not be closed if England closes shop for four weeks from Thursday.

Boris Johnson announced that schools, colleges and universities will be exempt from the four-week closure, which begins Thursday.

Schools are responsible for ensuring that they implement Covid-safe practices such as staggered break times, one-way systems and wearing masks in hallways.

Similarly, universities will also be allowed to stay open with existing social distancing measures and a mix of online and face-to-face teaching, provided that it is safe to do so.

Students are expected to obey lockdown rules on campus and only leave their homes for legitimate reasons, such as educational purposes.

It has yet to be confirmed whether students will be allowed to go home over the Christmas period.

Last night, the National Education Union's Joint Secretary General Kevin Courtney called for schools to be included in the new lockdown restrictions, saying it was a "mistake" to allow them to stay open.

And the University and College Union (UCU) said it would be "incomprehensible" if classes were to continue in person during the new lockdown.

Commenting on Courtney's view of the BBC's Andrew Marr show, Mr Courtmer said today, “I want schools to open. I think the harm to children if they don't go to school is too great. We have to get the risk under control, but the priority is to keep schools open.

“We have to make sure they are as safe as possible. The government should conduct effective tests in schools.

"Put children, teachers, and staff at the top of the line just like NHS staff to make sure we control them."

The National Education Union's joint secretary general Kevin Courtney called for schools to be included in the lockdown restrictions, saying it was a "mistake" to allow them to stay open

The National Education Union's joint secretary general Kevin Courtney called for schools to be included in the lockdown restrictions, saying it was a "mistake" to allow them to stay open

Jo Grady (pictured) of the University and College Union (UCU) said it was "incomprehensible" for classes to continue in person during the new lockdown

Jo Grady (pictured) of the University and College Union (UCU) said it was "incomprehensible" for classes to continue in person during the new lockdown

Mr Courtney said that failing to involve schools and colleges in new lockdown measures would likely result in even longer lockdowns being required in the future.

"The latest numbers from the ONS assume 1 percent of elementary school students and 2 percent of secondary school students have the virus, and those numbers have risen dramatically since it opened in September," he said.

The NEW analysis of the ONS numbers shows that the virus levels are now nine times higher in primary school students and an astonishing 50 times higher in secondary school students.

& # 39; The National Education Union called for a two-week break from the school year to include schools, which the Government of Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly have done – but the Westminster government has ignored that call.

"As a result, more stringent measures are needed now. The government shouldn't make that mistake again."

“The government should involve all schools in proposals for an immediate national lockdown, and at least prepare for school rotas at the end of that period, including by keeping its promise to provide broadband and equipment to the children who don't have them.

"It is also important that the government ensure adequate financial support for everyone affected by the lockdown, including key care faculty and other staff."

Today the NEU announced that more than 100,000 teachers and support workers have supported their call for schools to be closed.

Their request was confirmed by Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, who said schools should close as part of the national lockdown.

During a joint press conference with Liverpool City Mayor Steve Rotheram, Burnham said that sending children to school and then sending them home is not great, causing more harm to children.

According to the Manchester Evening News, he added that the government should reverse the cuts in schools and make digital teaching widely available.

Mr Rotheram said the government had told northern leaders that 25 percent of infections would be transmitted in educational institutions – the same percentage as in the hospitality industry.

Mr Burnham added that it was "really important" that the decision to keep schools and universities open should not just be accepted and discussed in Parliament.

Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham agrees with education unions that schools and universities should close under national lockdown restrictions due Thursday

Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham agrees with education unions that schools and universities should close under national lockdown restrictions due Thursday

He also urged the government to listen to Marcus Rashford and offer free school meals.

The numbers compiled by the UCU suggest that more than 35,000 cases have occurred on campus since the tenure began last month.

UCU General Secretary Jo Grady said, “The country's health and safety is at risk because this government insists that universities must continue to teach personally.

“It would be incomprehensible if universities could keep doing this after the outbreaks we saw at sites across the country this semester.

"Ministers must instruct universities to put all non-essential face-to-face courses online under a national lockdown."

The committee has been campaigning for a total postponement online for some time and previously started a petition demanding that the change take place “where possible”.

Boris Johnson announced the new lockdown, saying the clinical advice was that school was the best place for kids.

He said, “Our senior doctors still advise that school is the best place for children.

“We cannot allow this virus to harm our children's future any more than it has done so far, and I urge parents to keep taking their children to school.

"I am very grateful to teachers across the country for their commitment to keep schools open."

Anne Longfield, England's Commissioner for Children, said the proposal to keep schools open was "very welcome" and that it would be a "disaster" if they close

Anne Longfield, England's Commissioner for Children, said the proposal to keep schools open was "very welcome" and that it would be a "disaster" if they close

Anne Longfield, the England Commissioner for Children, said it was "very welcome" that schools remain open, adding that it would have been a "disaster" if they closed.

Her comments were echoed by prominent headmistress Katharine Birbalsingh, who said it was "wonderful" that schools are staying open.

Ms. Longfield wrote on Twitter ahead of the widely anticipated announcement: “Suggestions that schools remain open during an impending lockdown are very welcome.

“We have always said schools should be the last to close and the first to open. It would be a disaster for the well-being and education of the children if they closed. & # 39;

She added that schools have been able to stay open since September because she and the teachers have done a "fantastic job" of making them "Covid Safe".

"Our survey of children found that children were happy to be back in school, felt safe, and understood all the rules," she said.

Ms. Birbalsingh, director of the Michaela Community School in Wembley, North West London, also welcomed the news.

She told MailOnline: I think it's wonderful that the schools stay open.

“All children have suffered from their learning, but they are all the more disadvantaged and without open schools I really fear for their well-being.

& # 39; It's important to keep them open. I am very grateful that they remain open not only to the children, but also to me. I get to work every day and I love that.

"Well, I suppose the unions will do what the unions do and the rest of us will get on with the work."

Ms. Birbalsingh spoke about her own students, many of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds, and said they “suffered” earlier this year when schools closed.

& # 39; We did zoom lessons, we did video lessons, we used Google Classroom, our kids completed the work and attended the lessons.

Katharine Birbalsingh, the headmistress of the top performing MIchael Community School at Wembley, northwest London, told MailOnline it was "wonderful" that the schools are staying open

Katharine Birbalsingh, the headmistress of the top performing MIchael Community School at Wembley, northwest London, told MailOnline it was "wonderful" that the schools are staying open

The NEU said that failing to involve schools would likely result in lengthy lockdowns in the future. Pictured: An employee wearing PPE tests a student's temperature upon arrival

The NEU said that failing to involve schools would likely result in lengthy lockdowns in the future. Pictured: An employee wearing PPE tests a student's temperature upon arrival

“But when they came back, they couldn't be tested with Zoom. It just meant that they did the job but didn't stick, and that despite all the boxes, they'd made very little progress, "she added.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson previously suggested that at the end of the current college semester, students may need to self-isolate to safely return home and be with their families for Christmas.

Earlier this week it was reported that more than half of secondary schools have students who are self-isolating due to Covid-19.

About 6 to 7 percent of state students did not attend a class on October 22 for reasons of the coronavirus, according to statistics from the Ministry of Education (DfE).

About 26 percent of schools, excluding those at halftime, said they had one or more students self-isolating at school due to possible contact with a Covid-19 case, compared with 21% the week before .

This corresponds to 55 percent of secondary schools and 20 percent of primary schools.

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