Coronavirus latest as no decision on schools re-opening

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has tweeted that no decision has been made over when to re-open schools that have been closed due to the coronavirus lockdown.

He wrote: "No decision has been made on when we will reopen schools. I can reassure schools and parents that they will only reopen when the scientific advice indicates it is the right time to do so."

Meanwhile, a study by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex claims more than 6.5m jobs will be taken out of the UK economy due to the lockdown.

The research says this equates to around a quarter of the UK's total jobs, with more than half the positions in certain sectors to be lost.

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Fourteen more people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Liverpool's hospitals, it was reported on Saturday.

According to the National Health Service update, the city's main Royal Liverpool Trust recorded 11 further deaths, meaning the Trust's total now stands at 216.

In the Liverpool Heart and Chest Trust, the number has risen by three, taking the total to eight.

The number at The Walton Centre, one of the city's smaller trusts, remains the same at five.

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It means the city's overall figure for those who have died with the virus in hospital has reached 229.

Sadly, the city figure will be much higher in reality, with numerous outbreaks at care homes leading to large numbers of additional fatalities.

Liverpool isn't the only Merseyside borough to be hit by tragedy once again.

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Wirral's main Trust has recorded a further two coronavirus deaths in today's update.

This means that 124 people have now died after testing positive for Covid-19 in the borough's hospitals.

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Job losses expected

Britain's coronavirus lockdown will take more than 6.5 million jobs out of the economy, according to estimates contained in a new study.

Research by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex says this equates to around a quarter of the UK's total jobs, with more than half the positions in certain sectors to be lost.

Accommodation and food services are predicted to suffer the worst rate of cuts.

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No decision on whether to re-open schools

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has tweeted that "no decision has been made on when we will reopen schools".

He added that the will only reopen when the scientific advice indicates it is the right time.

Boris Johnson 'skipped meetings'

Boris Johnson reportedly skipped meetings in January, when the coronavirus threat was first being apparent, according to The Times.

An unnamed adviser criticised the PM for being a hands-off leader and not someone who did urgent crisis planning.

You can read the full report here.

'People need parks'

Anyone planning a Sunday walk may be reassured by the worlds of Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick at Saturday’s daily briefing to the public.

He said he recognised the importance of parks and said “people need parks”.

Mr Jenrick said he had “made it clear” to councils that all parks must remain open after some closed their gates in recent weeks.

But he warned people must abide by social-distancing rules, and not congregate in the green spaces.

Call for exit plan

Senior Tories David Davis and Iain Duncan Smith have backed the calls of Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer for the government to provide a plan for what happens next.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Sir Keir said that “now is not the time to lift restrictions. But we do need to have clarity about what is going to happen next”.

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