Top story: Education secretary expected to concede defeat
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Plans to push ahead with reopening schools in England are in disarray after the government admitted not all primary school pupils will be able to return before the end of summer. Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, is expected to concede today that many primary pupils will not return until the new school year in autumn. Boris Johnson last month announced the opening of primary schools for reception, year one and year six from 1 June. Now, government sources acknowledge that with little more than six weeks remaining before schools close for summer, the practicalities are too difficult for the planned return of all children.
Ministers are facing a high court legal challenge after they refused to order an urgent investigation into theÂ shortages of personal protective equipmentÂ faced by NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic. About 300 UK health workers have so far died of Covid-19, and manyÂ NHSÂ staff groups and families claim inadequate PPE played a key role in exposing them.
Scotlandâ€™s strict lockdown regulations could be eased more quickly after Nicola Sturgeon, the first secretary, announced on Monday that no deaths had been recorded for two days running. Sturgeon has been pressed to explain herÂ much more cautious approachÂ than the government in Westminster, or the Welsh and Northern Irish administrations. She is due to announce on Thursday 18 June how much more the lockdown might be eased.
AtÂ Heathrow airportÂ there has been some confusion as the first passengers subject to new quarantine restrictionsÂ landed. From Monday arrivals are being required to self-isolate for 14 days. Travellers were asked to fill in online forms. Fiona Gathright, 59, who travelled from Washington DC, said:Â â€œThey didnâ€™t even do a temperature check at either end, not in Washington â€¦ and not in London.â€ Here is how the system is set up to work. Stay on top of coronavirus developments at our global live blog.
Thereâ€™s more in our Coronavirus Extra section further down â€¦ and hereâ€™s where you can findÂ all our coverage of the outbreak â€“ from breaking news to factchecks and advice.
â€˜I hear youâ€™ â€“Â Boris JohnsonÂ has responded to Black Lives Matter protests by acknowledging the â€œincontrovertible, undeniable feeling of injusticeâ€ motivating the rallies, while condemning those who have flouted social distancing. â€œYou are right, we are all right, to say Black Lives Matter; and to all those who have chosen to protest peacefully and who have insisted on social distancing â€“ I say, yes of course I hear you, and I understand.
â€œBut I must also say that we are in a time of national trial, when for months this whole country has come together to fight a deadly plague. After such sacrifice, we cannot now let it get out of control.â€ Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, has sparked some unease in his party after he condemned as â€œcompletely wrongâ€ theÂ tearing downÂ of the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol â€“ saying â€œwe canâ€™t, in 21st century Britain, have a slaver on a statueâ€ but it should have been taken down properly and put in a museum. In the US, where protests continue, a judge has set $1m bail on Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree murder after he was filmed kneeling on George Floydâ€™s neck for nearly nine minutes before Floyd died.
â€˜Seeking publicityâ€™ â€“Â Prince Andrew has become embroiled in a war of words with US prosecutors investigating the child sex offenderÂ Jeffrey Epstein. His lawyers issued a statement on Monday accusing US investigators of misleading the public and breaching their own confidentiality rules. The firm alleged the US Department of Justice (DoJ), despite its claims, had effectively rejected three offers of help volunteered by the prince this year. The firm suggested US authorities were â€œseeking publicityâ€ in their attcks on Andrew. In reply to Mondayâ€™s letter, GeoffreyÂ Berman, the US attorney for the southern district of New York, wrote that Andrewâ€™s lawyers had previously â€œinformed us unequivocallyâ€ that the prince would not come in for an interview, but if he would â€œour doors remain openâ€.
Rape victim adds to McCann case â€“Â An Irish woman raped in Portugal has asked detectives investigating the disappearance ofÂ Madeleine McCannÂ to review her case after hearing about the German prisoner who is now the main suspect. Hazel Behan was working in Praia da Rocha,Â Portugal, 30 minutesâ€™ drive from where Madeleine was abducted, when she was viciously raped by a stranger in her apartment in 2004. The assailant was never caught. Christian BrÃ¼ckner has beenÂ named as a key suspectÂ in Madeleineâ€™s 2007 disappearance. The 43-year-old German was recently convicted of raping a 72-year-old American woman in Praia da Luz in 2005. Behan, who has waived anonymity, said: â€œMy mind was blown when I read how he had attacked a woman in 2005, both the tactics and the methods he used.â€ Behan has given a statement to the Met.
Underground radar reveals ancient city â€“Â Archaeologists have mapped a complete Roman city for the first time using ground-penetrating radar. The detailed scanning of the town of Falerii Novi, just over 30 miles north of Rome, has uncovered the layout of the cityâ€™s water system, offering new clues to how it was planned and laid out.Â
As well as a bath house, theatre, shops and several temples, the team from the universities of Cambridge and Ghent discovered a large public monument of a kind never seen before, which may relate to the religion of the pre-Roman population.Â First occupied in 241BC, Falerii Novi survived until around AD700 but few ruins remain visible above ground.Â Unusually the 30 hectare site has not been built over, allowing it to be scanned quickly using antennae towed behind a quad bike.
Why is it more difficult to stay physically apart from friends and family than a stranger in a supermarket queue?Â Nicola DavisÂ speaks to Prof John Drury about the psychology of physical distancing and why we like to be near those with whom we feel emotionally close.
â€œWe sold eight bikes in 20 minutes!â€ Shops can barely keep up with demand as bicycles â€“ and even parts â€“ sell out. But experts say time is running out to grasp the â€œonce-in-a-lifetimeâ€ opportunity to change how we travel.
As coronavirus patients across the UK are discharged, photojournalistÂ Jonny WeeksÂ meets some of those reunited with their loved ones after being released from University hospital, Coventry.
Today in Focus podcast: Could curtain fall on British theatre?
Every year 34 million people go to the theatre, double the number that attend Premier League football. But lockdown and physical distancing rules mean the industry is on the edge of collapse. The artistic director of the Pitlochry theatre, Elizabeth Newman, describes the impact.
Lunchtime read: How Hong Kong caught fire
Hong Kong used to be seen as cautious, pragmatic and materialistic. But in the past year increasingly bold pro-democracy demonstrations have transformed the city. Now, as Beijing tightens its grip, how much longer can the year-old protest movement survive?
Raheem Sterling has called for English footballÂ to seize the momentÂ and finally address its lack of black representation in positions of power.Â Lewis Hamilton hasÂ supported unequivocallyÂ the actions of protesters whoÂ pulled down the statueÂ of Edward ColstonÂ in Bristol. PremiershipÂ rugby clubs have unanimously agreed to reduce the salary cap to Â£5m for the 2021-22 season,Â the Guardian understands.Â Tony Dunne, one of Manchester Unitedâ€™s European Cup heroes of 1968,Â has died at the age of 78. And jobs are to be lost at the Racing Post, the daily paper that serves horse racing and its followers, with its owner blamingÂ loss of revenueÂ caused by the Covid-19 crisis.
Britainâ€™s retailersÂ suffered another steep fall in sales in May with monthlyÂ figures showing that consumers spent 5.9% less than in the same month last year. However, there were some signs of hope with office supplies, fitness equipment and bicycleÂ suppliers all performing well thanks to strong online sales. BP, one of Britainâ€™s biggest companies, is not immune from the crisis and isÂ shedding 10,000 jobs worldwide thanks to falling demand for oil. Stocks broadly continued their rally in Asia overnight with the FTSE100 expected to open flatÂ this morning while the pound is buying $1.272 and â‚¬1.126.
The Guardian leads with â€œBid to defuse tensions as racism protests escalateâ€. The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, is seeking to apply pressure on the Metropolitan police, the UKâ€™s largest force, over the use of stop and search, Tasers and other practices. The Times summarises Priti Patel: â€œStatue thugs must face justiceâ€ though it might be questionable whether an inanimate object can be subjected to thuggery.
The home secretary is on the Metroâ€™s front page as well: â€œThis is Priti pointlessâ€ â€“ the story is about the 14-day quarantine strictures. The Mail has â€œAndrew and US at war on Epsteinâ€. The front also points to a story inside: â€œGerman police shock revelation: we have evidence Maddie is deadâ€ and the Mirror has that one as its splash: â€œGerman cops on Maddie: we have evidence she is deadâ€.
The FT leads with â€œBP to slash 10,000 jobs as virus crisis hammers oilâ€ â€“ here is our version of that story. The Express has â€œVirus in retreat but we canâ€™t risk 2nd waveâ€ while the Telegraph leads on â€œSchools may remain shut beyond Septemberâ€.
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