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London Mayor urges axing of 10pm curfew
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London Mayor urges axing of 10pm curfew

    The controversial 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants should be immediately scrapped to help hospitality businesses adjust to new coronavirus restrictions, Sadiq Khan has said. The Mayor of London said allowing pubs and restaurants to stay open later would provide a financial boost after Tier 2 restrictions banned households in the capital from mixing indoors. The new measures, which came into force in London on Saturday, mean pubs and restaurants can only serve groups of customers who live together and abide by the "rule of six". Mr Khan said: I have said for a while that the current curfew rule needs to be rapidly reviewed. We saw the worrying consequences of increased social mixing on the streets and on public transport in the capital around 10pm immediately aft...
400,000 pupils off school last week
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400,000 pupils off school last week

    More than 400,000 children in England were off school last week for coronavirus-related reasons, as the government admitted that “unevenness” in lost learning could affect 2021 exam results. Weekly attendance statistics from the Department for Education (DfE) estimated that up to 5% of England’s 8.3 million state school pupils lost classroom time, including as many as 50,000 with confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19. The number of schools having to shut completely increased by 50% compared with the previous week, with 60 estimated to have closed, affecting at least 12,000 pupils, the statistics showed. The DfE figures, based on daily returns from headteachers, found that more than 350,000 pupils were out of school because of possible contact with someone with C...