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News | Covid | UK: Masks and Tests wil Not be Compulsory at English Schools. Covid: masks and tests not compulsory at English schools, says minister Helen Pidd 4-5 minutes It will not be compulsory for school pupils to take Covid tests twice a week, nor wear face coverings in class, the schools minister Nick Gibb has confirmed. But Gibb said he hoped most students would wear masks and volunteer to take tests twice a week in school, before being given home testing kits. In interviews on Thursday, Gibb also said that while this summer’s exams had been scrapped, teachers would have to show evidence for the grades they gave , as part of checks against grade inflation. He told Sky News: “Of course exams are the fairest and best system for judging attainment. “But we can’t have exams this year because of the pandemic and because of the disruption that many students have faced up and down the country. “It wouldn’t be fair to hold exams this year and we trust the

News | Covid: WHO Scheme Covax Delivers First Caccines

Image Covid: WHO scheme Covax delivers first vaccines BBC News 3-4 minutes image copyright Unicef Ghana image caption The WHO and Unicef said the delivery was a momentous occasion Ghana has become the first country to receive coronavirus vaccines through the Covax vaccine-sharing initiative. The World Health Organization (WHO) programme aims to ensure that vaccines are shared fairly among all nations. Covax is aiming to deliver about two billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines globally by the end of the year. Many rich nations, who began their own vaccinations months ago, have faced criticism for buying or ordering more vaccines than they need. A total of 600,000 doses of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University arrived in Ghana's capital Accra on Wednesday. In a joint statement, the WHO and the United Nations children's fund (Unicef) said it was a "momentous occas

Covid | Europe Second Wave: Lockdowns return as Europe confronts second wave

  6-8 minutes - Source: BBC image copyrightReuters image captionFrance's President Macron warned the second wave "no doubt will be harder than the first" Two of Europe's biggest economies are reinstating some form of national lockdown, as the continent confronts a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths. From Friday people in France will only be allowed to leave home for essential work or medical reasons. President Emmanuel Macron said the country risked being "overwhelmed by a second wave that no doubt will be harder than the first". Germany, meanwhile, is imposing a "soft" national lockdown. The measures coming into force on Monday are less severe than in France, but they include the closure of restaurants, bars, gyms and theatres, Chancellor Angela Merkel said. Infections are rising sharply across Europe, including in the UK which on Wednesday announced 310 new deaths and 24,701 new cases. In England, a new study