The Government has laid out guidelines for a return of all school children in September. Limits on student group sizes will be dropped but pupils will be organised into bubbles of class or year group to limit the spread of the virus. The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, stated that children would not face a “watered down curriculum”. The general secretary of the National Education Union has criticised the government for putting too much emphasis on a return to school, rather than a combination of blended learning and rotating year groups. Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association for Headteachers, has urged the government to provide a Plan B in the likely event of a second wave.
Socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested today in connection with alleged sex crimes involving Jeffrey Epstein. Acting US attorney Audrey Strauss told reporters that Prince Andrew, a friend of both Epstein and Maxwell, is “welcome” to come in and speak with the prosecution about the ongoing investigation.
The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stand at 43,995, an increase of 89 as of today.