Monday, July 22

Thousands return to school



Portugal is set to be added back on to the UK’s quarantine list amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

Brits considering jetting off to the holiday destination have been urged to check Foreign Office travel advice and consider that the rules could change while they are on holiday.

There were 21.1 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in Portugal in the seven days to August 30. A seven-day rate of 20 is a threshold above which the UK Government considers triggering quarantine conditions.

It comes as forty per cent of schools are expected to welcome back students for the start of the autumn term today, despite concerns being raised about their ability to reopen safely. It will be the first time many pupils in England have stepped into a classroom since March.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is facing pressure from MPs, as Parliament resumes on Tuesday afternoon, after coming under fire in recent weeks for presiding over a series of U-turns, including on exam results and face coverings in schools.