Coronavirus UK Updates: Boris Johnson vows to end social distancing by October 2021

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Boris Johnson ‘to scrap 10pm curfew’ and give Brits another hour in pubs
Boris Johnson ‘to scrap 10pm curfew’ and give Brits another hour in pubs

Boris Johnson has vowed to end social distancing by this time next year, as he spoke at the Conservative party conference.

The Prime Minister delivered a virtual speech to party members and said to them he expected them to be able to meet “face to face and cheek by jowl” at next year’s event in October 2021.

– Number of secondary schools unable to fully open due to Covid 19 rises

Nearly one in five state secondary schools across the UK were unable to fully open last week as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Schools across Merseyside have been hit by coronavirus closures as cases continue to rise. Liverpool’s coronavirus death toll has reached 600 as deaths begin to climb again across the Liverpool City region.

Now, according to the Department for Education’s (DfE) latest statistics, the proportion of state schools that were fully open has dropped – but pupil attendance has risen slightly.

It comes as education unions call for students due to take their GCSE and A Level exams next year to be prioritised for Covid-19 testing to reduce “ongoing disruption” to their learning.

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