Boris Johnson has restated his determination for a phased reopening of schools in England, before the summer holidays. They were closed on March 20th, to all except key worker’s children and vulnerable students.
The Prime Minister said primary schools will reopen on June 1st, to early years pupils, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, though that may not be possible in all cases.
From June 15th, Mr Johnson said secondary schools would provide “some contact” to year 10 and 12 students, to allow them to begin preparations for exams next year.
This week the official number of deaths in care homes in England and Wales from Covid-19 is expected to pass 10,000. That number won’t include residents who died in hospital. Care leaders say two months into the pandemic, government support is still patchy and inconsistent.
Ministers insist that they threw a “protective ring” around care homes from the start of the pandemic. However in the last week the BBC has spoken to more than a hundred residential and nursing homes, and nearly a third have still not been able to test any staff for the virus.
Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reports from Dan Johnson and Social Affairs Correspondent Alison Holt.