/UK coronavirus live: no new Covid-19 deaths recorded in Scotland and Northern Ireland

UK coronavirus live: no new Covid-19 deaths recorded in Scotland and Northern Ireland







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A major teachers’ union is warning local authorities in the north-west of England not to open schools in their areas without taking further precautions, after reports suggest the Covid-19 reproduction R rate in the region has risen above one and authorities in greater Manchester and Lancashire advised their schools not to reopen on Monday.

Patrick Roach, general secretary of the NASUWT, said he has written to local authorities and mayors in Manchester, Oldham, Salford, St Helens, Stockport and Warrington to warn that the increase in the R rate “poses unacceptable risks” to the health and safety of staff and pupils.

“Employers have statutory responsibilities to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees at work and to minimise the risks to which employees are exposed. Given the reports that the R rate has now risen above one in the north-west, meaning that the virus may be growing again, the NASUWT believes these local authorities must fulfil their duty of care to staff and pupils by rethinking plans for the wider reopening of schools in their region.

“Some local authorities and employers in the region have already suggested that schools in their borough postpone the wider reopening of schools in response to the increase in the R rate. The NASUWT believes their neighbours should now do likewise,” Roach said.

“In the absence of new risk assessments being provided to the NASUWT and in the light of the increase in the R rate, the union must insist that these local authorities demonstrate how they intend to keep pupils and staff safe and if they cannot, they must pause their plans for the wider reopening of schools.”

Blackburn with Darwen council emailed schools on Friday evening, advising them not to reopen on Monday, while officials in Tameside, greater Manchester, advised schools to delay reopening until 22 June other than for vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers .

Steve Rotherham, the Liverpool city mayor, tweetedon Sundaythat the rise of the R rate “is a worrying development. It is a warning sign that must be taken seriously.”

Steve Rotheram
(@MetroMayorSteve)

The rise of the R rate for the North West above 1 is a worrying development. It is a warning sign that must be taken seriously.@AndyBurnhamGM have set out our the practical steps we want from Government moving forward 👇 pic.twitter.com/H6TAPAKBcy


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No new coronavirus deaths reported in Northern Ireland

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No new coronavirus deaths in Scotland for first time since lockdown

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