Coronavirus live: face masks in England to be personal choice, says minister; Russia reports 663 more deaths

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Mask wearing to become voluntary in all settings after final restrictions lift; Russia also reported 25,142 new Covid cases

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Schools in England are “bleeding out” with thousands of teachers having to isolate under a bubble system that is harming the most vulnerable children, ministers have been warned.

Headteachers are growing increasingly exasperated about a lack of clarity from the government about how to deal with with Covid outbreaks among pupils, with only two weeks until most schools in England break up for summer.

Related: Schools ‘bleeding out’ in England due to Covid isolation rules, say teachers

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Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is facing increasing warnings of a summer of chaos in schools and workplaces in England, amid urgent demands for clarity over the government’s plans to tackle an unpredictable escalation in Covid cases, the Observer reports.

Senior scientists warn that it is still possible for hospitals to be stretched over the summer should no Covid suppression measures stay in place after 19 July, when legal restrictions are due to be lifted. Doctors are already demanding that some measures remain over the summer, while teachers and parents are warning of a chaotic situation in schools, with different institutions applying different rules for sending children home if they have been exposed to Covid.

Related: Fears of summer chaos in England’s schools and offices without Covid restrictions

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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