Automatic isolation in schools to end – follow Covid news live

Automatic isolation in schools to end – follow Covid news live

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School pupils will no longer be forced to automatically isolate after contact with a positive coronavirus case, under new rules to come into force from September, reports suggest.

It comes after data showed a quarter of a million children missed school in a single week this month because of either Covid-19 infection, self-isolation or school closures. Currently children have to self-isolate for 10 days if another pupil in their bubble tests positive.

A new system that aims to keep pupils in school as much as possible will be in place when England’s new school year begins, according to a report first published in the Guardian, and followed up by a call from the new children’s commissioner for England to end “bubbles” for young people altogether.

Elsewhere, Met Police are are investigating a video in which “thugs” grabbed and harassed Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, in a park near Westminster.

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Police probe video of Whitty being grabbed by ‘thugs’ in London park

Police are investigating an incident in which “thugs” grabbed Professor Chris Whitty in a London park and jeered, after video of the episode circulated online.

A clip of the chief medical officer for England being put into a headlock was posted to Twitter on Monday night and was quickly condemned.

At least two young men are seen grabbing the scientist as they ask him to stop for a photo in the park, near Westminster. Another voice can be heard saying: “Leave the gentleman alone.”

Read our full report here:

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Automatic isolation for school pupils ‘to end from September’

School pupils will no longer have to automatically isolate after contact with a positive Covid case under new rules to come into force from September, it was reported last night.

Ministers plan to change existing rules under which children are forced to quarantine at home if anyone in their group tests positive.

While there has been no immediate confirmation from the Department for Education, it has been suggested a new system that aims to keep pupils in school as much as possible will be in place when England’s new school year begins in September.

Our deputy news editor Alastair Jamieson reports:

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