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Coronavirus news – live: Schools safe to reopen due to ‘very low’ risk to children, says expert, as PM urged to help travellers stuck in quarantine – The Independent

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Coronavirus: Robin Swann threatens intense lockdowns as nine patients die at two Northern Ireland hospitals – Belfast Telegraph

Concerns are growing after three patients at Daisy Hill Hospital and a further two patients in Craigavon Area Hospital died after testing positive for Covid-19.

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Concerns are growing after three patients at Daisy Hill Hospital and a further two patients in Craigavon Area Hospital died after testing positive for Covid-19.It brings the grim total of Covid-19 deaths across the two hospitals to nine since the virus outbreak took hold.The news comes as fears grow over a spiralling number of Covid-19 cases – and the prospect of more intense lockdowns and restrictions being imposed over the coming weeks.

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Covid: Can a ‘circuit break’ halt the second wave? – BBC News

Can a short burst of national restrictions change the course of the epidemic?

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the UK is “now seeing a second wave” of Covid-19.
Expanding “local” restrictions mean more than 13 million people (one-fifth of the UK population) have extra curbs on their lives.
And the surge in cases is not contained to just the hotspots, but is widespread across the UK. Local restrictions do not suppress a virus that is spreading outside of those areas.
It is against this backdrop the government is deciding what to do next. One i…

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These are all the schools with confirmed positive Covid cases in Greater Manchester – borough-by-borough – Manchester Evening News

The exact number is expected to be much higher as there is no official record kept

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Thousands of pupils are self-isolating across Greater Manchester following positive coronavirus cases at schools.
The number of primaries and secondaries to confirm Covid cases across the region has risen again today – to 177.
Among the cases confirmed today is the full closure of a second primary school in Greater Manchester.
St Luke’s Primary in Heywood had already sent home pupils in Years 2, 3 and 6, but now it’s been forced to shut to all year groups amid ‘staffing issues’.
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