Sector News Update – 7th September 2020



Hi Everyone and welcome to another week,

It's more than 160 days since schools sent home pupils at the beginning of the lockdown and at the time, no one knew when they would return. Last week, many schools and colleges opened their doors to all students again.

A raft of new measures have been charted out by the UK government to further support the safe future mass rollout of a Covid-19 vaccine, as efforts continue to save lives and bring the current coronavirus pandemic to an end.

NHS Test and Trace has now reached almost 300,000 people according to the latest weekly statistics, which show the service as having managed to consistently reach the vast majority of individuals testing positive for coronavirus and their contacts.

The transport secretary acknowledged people's frustrations with the differences in UK quarantine rules, which are confusing for travellers. Last week Scotland and Wales asked arrivals from Portugal and parts of Greece to isolate, but England and Northern Ireland held off.

More than 400 care home residents were dying every day with Covid-19 at the height of the pandemic, analysis has shown. In just one week in April, there were more than 3,000 coronavirus-related care home deaths in the UK, according to findings by the PA news agency.

Until next time, take care!