Wednesday briefing: Covid catch-up plan for students ‘inadequate’ |

Top story: More is needed, says the tsar to restore education

Hello Warren Murray, with an infusion of news in concentrated form.

Students should be an additional 100 million teaching hours are offered as part of a £ 1.4 billion post-pandemic catch-up plan. It’s only about a tenth of the total £ 15 billion spend recommended by Government Education Officer Sir Kevan Collins. The program also includes additional training and support for teachers, as well as funding for some 13th grade students to repeat their final year if it has been badly affected. Unions said the amounts pledged were insufficient and the National Education Union called them “insufficient and incomplete”. Government sources have emphasized that the total announced for all catch-up work over the past 12 months is close to £ 3 billion so far.

Great Britain reported For the first time in 10 months, no Covid deaths in one daywhich raised optimism that England could proceed with the lifting of all social restrictions on June 21st. However, experts are still warning increasing infection rates that could be the harbinger of a third wave. Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that Glasgow will lower one level of Covid controls from Saturday, but has slowed the easing of restrictions elsewhere in central Scotland.

The British human rights watchdog has informed the government that this is the case It is reasonable to expect that nursing home workers will have to be vaccinated against Covid “To work directly with elderly and disabled people, subject to some important safety precautions”. Ministers are considering changing the law to make vaccinations mandatory in some professions where there is regular contact with the elderly and vulnerable. The WHO has approved China’s Sinovac jab – more on this and other developments in our Covid live blog.

Need to catch up during the week

> The police have made six arrests after one 14-year-old black boy was stabbed to death. West Midlands Police initially said there was nothing to support a racist motive, but on Tuesday evening the squad rowed back and said they were open-minded.

> Opposition parties must today announce a coalition to replace the government of Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel or face the prospect of a new early election.

> Many asylum seekers have had problems with new ones in the past 10 days Money cards given to them by home office contractorssaid a charity.

> Thousands of ambulance crews in England are receiving bodycams after a sharp increase Attacks on NHS staff treating patients.

> The months ahead may be crucial for Labor, Keir Starmer told Piers Morgan in an in-depth TV interview that also covered his early life and family, his legal career and strong aversion to his middle name: Rodney.

Man catches bird flu – A patient in China’s Jiangsu Province is the first person to be infected with the H10N3 strain of avian flu. The man was reported to the hospital a month ago with a fever and symptoms and has since been released for discharge, Chinese authorities said, while medical monitoring of his close contacts found no other cases. Many different strains of bird flu exist in China, and some sporadically infect people, usually those who work with poultry. This strain was “not a very common virus”said Filip Claes of the Food and Agriculture Organization, with only about 160 samples of the virus in the 40 years to 2018, mostly in wild or waterfowl in Asia and some areas of North America, and none in chickens. Since the H7N9 strain killed about 300 people between 2016 and 2017, there have been no significant numbers of people infected with avian flu.

The G does not stand for green – G7 nations have pumped tens of billions of dollars more into fossil fuels than into clean energy since the pandemic, despite their promise of a green recovery. According to analysis, this is Fossil fuel support from seven of the world’s richest nations – UK, US, Canada, Italy, France, Germany and Japan – included measures to lift or downgrade environmental regulations and direct financing for oil, gas and coal. Boris Johnson will open the G7 summit in Cornwall on June 11 and the UN climate talks in November. Meanwhile, a report said species like penguins and puffins will struggle to survive if temperatures rise above 1.5 ° C. exterminating the species they feed on, damaging their habitats and turning their life cycles upside down.

Biden visits the Tulsa site – Joe Biden used the centenary of the Tulsa massacre as a rallying call for America to be honest about its story. On Tuesday, Biden became the first incumbent US president to visit the place where on May 31 and May 1 a white mob murdered up to 300 African Americans and burned and ransacked houses and businesses. Biden spoke directly to the last three survivors of the massacre, who received a standing ovation from an audience of survivors and their families, community leaders and elected officials. “You are the three known remaining survivors of a story that is indistinct in the mirror, but nothing more,” said Biden. “Now your story will be fully known … hatred is never vanquished. It’s just hiding. And given just a little oxygen by its leaders, it comes out from under the rock like it’s happening again, like it’s never gone. So, folks, we mustn’t give hate a safe haven. “

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Gareth Southgate was cannot give any representations about Harry Maguire play for England in the group stage at Euro 2020 afterwards including the defense attorney in the a squad with Trent Alexander-Arnold as one of four right-backs. With the abundance of defenders available and the rare frontline skills, the role of English coach is no longer the impossible task. writes Barney Ronay. Petra Kvitova had to retire before her second round match after the French Open sustained a freak injury during her press work. The French Open’s reaction to Naomi Osaka’s press conference boycott is a shameful moment for tennis. writes Tumaini Carayol. Japan is shows his support for world No. 2‘s attitude to their depression and anxiety. Rafael Nadal, looking for his 14th Paris crown, beat Australian Alex Popyrin 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (3) while Ashleigh Barty, the women’s number 1, won in three sets.

Joe Root has set himself the high goal of securing himself Seven test wins in a row this summer, start with England’s opener against New Zealand today. Gloucester’s last home game of the season against Bath on Saturday has been canceled due to a Covid-19 outbreak threatening the peak of the season with significant disruption. Everton has started the search for its sixth permanent manager in five years after being stunned by Carlo Ancelotti’s sudden departure to Real Madrid. And Florida teenager Erriyon Knighton toppled Usain Bolt’s 200 meter mark for athletes under 18 at an American Track League meeting on Monday.


Asian equity markets rose overnight in the wake of the US / European meeting that saw stocks drop continued evidence of a strong recovery from the pandemiceven though the FTSE100 is set for another flat start this morning. Planners in London’s Docklands will hope the recovery continues as they see the borough’s new Design District take shape in what our reviewer calls “Architecture fashion show”. The pound is $ 1,415 and € 1.158.

The papers

We have a separate recap today for you to be able to see the main front pages – our usual summary follows. Many suggest first day without a single Covid death for 10 months means that the full development of England will take place on June 21st as planned. The Daily express simply says “Zero” in large letters and adds that “Freedom Day hopes have been raised”. The Daily mirror goes similarly with the headline “Zero Covid Deaths in the UK” but warns in its history that thousands of new cases daily have sparked calls to delay easing restrictions.

Guardian front page, Wednesday June 2, 2021
Guardian front page, Wednesday June 2, 2021

The Daily telegraph says Boris Johnson is now under pressure to lift restrictions on June 21st. The Guardian highlights the good news at the bottom of the front page, but focuses on concerns that £ 1.4 billion program to help children catch up in school after Covid is not enough. The Times Also includes concerns about the education package but gives the greatest treatment to the history of zero deaths. “New hope for June 21 as the death toll drops to zero,” it said, but indicates that this may just be a holiday weekend slip. The Daily mail has a two-part headline: “Zero Deaths .. Nothing To Fear From Freedom”. It reports of an “insidious campaign” to delay the easing of restrictions and makes it clear to Johnson that he should resist such calls.

The I wearing The delight of Health Secretary Matt Hancock that the vaccination program appears to be working and his warning to people to keep sticking to the rules: “Hopes are rising for June 21 after zero deaths in the UK”. metro goes straight to “Not a single Covid death in Great Britain”, but reports a doubling of the daily cases within a month. In Scotland it is Daily record Can’t resist an 80s band reference with “Tiers for Beers”, as it is reported that Glaswegians will be allowed to drink inside from Saturday. The Bulkheads reports business frustrations after Scotland “moved from lockdown to slowdown” over Sturgeon’s decisions.

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