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Day: August 18, 2020

UK records 57,000 deaths
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UK records 57,000 deaths

    Leicester could have its lockdown restrictions lifted as the UK records more than 57,000 Covid-19 deaths. It comes as the number of staff who have tested positive for Covid-19 at a Nottinghamshire dessert factory has risen to 72. It was announced on August 7 that all staff at the Newark Dessert factory would be tested after 39 coronavirus cases among workers. The council said 701 workers had now been tested and 72 had tested positive, although 33 fully fit and healthy staff had returned to work after isolating. Just over 57,000 deaths involving Covid-19 have now been registered in the UK, according to the ONS. However, last week saw the lowest weekly rise in deaths since before lockdown. Meanwhile, the future of Public Health England (PHE) is set to be announced l...
Williamson is sorry but won’t resign
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Williamson is sorry but won’t resign

    Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has resisted calls to resign but told Sky News he is "incredibly sorry for the distress" the A-level and GCSE results row caused to students. He said up until results day last week he had "every confidence" the controversial algorithm used to grade pupils whose exams were cancelled due to coronavirus would not penalise disadvantaged students. But over the weekend, when he said "it became clear there were anomalies", the government U-turned. I'm incredibly sorry for the distress that it's caused to those young people, Mr Williamson told Kay Burley@Breakfast on Tuesday. But it was still the right thing to do to make the changes we made yesterday... At the core of it was ensuring there was fairness across the system. Heartbreaking...