UK coronavirus LIVE: Boris Johnson issues 'stay alert' warning ahead of 'Super Saturday' as schools set for mandatory return

Boris Johnson has urged people to stick to social distancing rules when the lockdown is eased on Saturday , warning that businesses could close again if guidelines are flouted.

In an interview with the Evening Standard , the Prime Minister said the threat of coronavirus was “not over”. He issued a plea to revellers, saying: “Do not undo the sacrifices you have made with reckless behaviour.” Bars, pubs and restaurants are among the venues swinging open their doors on July 4 .

It came as Gavin Williamson announced the Government’s back-to-school plan , which includes staggered break times and children being put into “bubbles”. More details are expected to be set out by Mr Williamson at a Downing Street press conference – the first to be held since the daily briefings were scrapped .

Mr Johnson also sent a “blunt” warning that the furlough scheme – being used by more than nine million – must be wound down , because it is “not healthy for you, or the economy”.

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2020-07-02T17:06:56.820Z

The owner of Bella Italia, Cafe Rouge and Las Iguanas has said it plans to cut 1,909 jobs after calling in administrators.

1,900 jobs to go as Cafe Rouge and Bella Italia enter administration

The company said it would close 91 of its 250 restaurants, but has saved others for now.

It still leaves around 4,050 workers at the company’s sites across the UK. The board said that entering administration was in the best interest of stakeholders during the “extreme operating environment” it is having to trade through.

2020-07-02T17:01:25.410Z

In an exclusive interview with the Evening Standard’s new editor, Emily Sheffield, Boris Johnson warns Britain: the furlough scheme cannot go on:

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Welcome to the Evening Standard’s daily podcast, The Leader, bringing you exclusive analysis and insight of the events setting the news agenda tonight.

The Leader is inspired by each evening’s Evening Standard’s editorial column, as it focusses on and dissects the day’s major news events across the capital, the country and the world. In today’s daily news podcast:

2020-07-02T16:43:19.336Z

Gavin Williamson suggested that school buses could be segregated to ensure pupils remained in their “bubbles” to limit the spread of coronavirus.

The Education Secretary told the Downing Street briefing the Government would be working closely with local authorities on the issue to make sure “depending on where we are in terms of dealing with this virus that the proper controls are properly in place on school transport”.

“Some of the information that we are sharing is making sure that the protection of those bubbles is in place as a result of home-to-school transport.”

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2020-07-02T16:41:35.916Z

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said there were still 10,000 outstanding orders for equipment aimed at helping children learn at home but said some authorities had not put in requests for their pupils.

At the Downing Street press conference, he said:

We engaged on one of the most ambitious programmes in terms of distribution of technical equipment, in terms of laptops and also internet routers – we have seen over 202,000 of those distributed to local authorities and multi-academy trusts who then pass those on the schools.

We have got 10,000 orders that are still outstanding that will be fulfilled over the next few days.

But there are a number of local authorities and multi-academy trusts that have not placed their orders, but we are chasing those up.

2020-07-02T16:29:19.420Z

Gavin Williamson insisted children would not be taught a “watered-down curriculum” when they return.

At the Downing Street press conference, he said:

It is going to be a full and total curriculum that is going to be delivered for our children across all subjects.

It’s incredibly important that we have the same standards and rigour across our education system as we come out of lockdown as we had going into it.

We are not going to be in a situation where we see vital subjects cut out of children’s education.

So, the idea that there will be a watered-down curriculum is totally, totally untrue.

2020-07-02T16:28:56.816Z

Deputy chief medical officer for England Dr Jenny Harries said lessons could be held outside in order to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

She told the Downing Street press conference:

I’m very sure that from conversations that I’ve had from some of the teachers working with Department for Education that teaching site providers are finding very innovative ways to manage that particularly for example in the summer.

You can have a group of children in a lesson outside and that reduces your risks instantly.

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2020-07-02T16:24:08.710Z

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries has urged parents to “control their teenagers” outside school to stop the spread of coronavirus.

She told the Downing Street press conference: “The original guidance recognised that the transmission risks were potentially more in the social behaviours of the teenagers – the older children out of school – than they potentially were in school.

“School is quite a controlled environment and perhaps trying to encourage families as well – I know it is difficult because I’ve been there – but to try and control their teenagers in their social interactions outside of school as well.”

Dr Harries said the outbreak in Leicester was not caused by the return of schools, saying it was “community transmission”.

“This is not a picture of a particular focal point, and certainly not on schools.”

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the outbreak in Leicester was “not something about schools returning”.

2020-07-02T16:23:32.946Z

Mr Williamson has said there will be no “watered-down” curriculums and that schools will still be subject to Ofsted inspections. 

2020-07-02T16:18:35.613Z

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said he wanted breakfast and after-school clubs to resume despite coronavirus guidance aimed at preventing children from different year groups mixing.

At a Downing Street press conference he said:

We recognise how vital these breakfast clubs are, the wraparound care and provision are, for children, for parents, for families and whole communities.

That’s why we have been issuing guidance to guide schools to be able to make sure they make this available for parents, for children, because we have all seen with our own children how much they benefit from them.

We want to see these opening alongside the full opening of schools in September and we are also going to be ensuring that the many activities that often take place on school premises during the summer holidays are going to be taking place.

We have been sharing that guidance with schools so they can benefit from that as well.

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2020-07-02T16:10:59.020Z

Mr Trump said the country “could’ve stopped” the pandemic, adding: “They know it and I know it.”

2020-07-02T16:09:49.866Z

BREAKING:

More than 1,900 jobs are set to be cut as Casual Dining Group, which owns Cafe Rouge and Bella Italia, said it would close 91 of its restaurants after calling in administrators.

2020-07-02T16:07:23.436Z

School attendance will be mandatory from September, Mr Williamson has said. 

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2020-07-02T16:07:04.123Z

The Education Secretary said they expect exams in summer 2021 to go ahead. 

2020-07-02T16:06:45.010Z

Mr Williamson said schools will be given a “limited number” of testing kits for pupils and parents who are unable to get to a testing centre. 

2020-07-02T16:06:13.013Z

Mr Williamson said that the Government has issued specific guidance to schools for pupils with special needs and disabilities. 

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2020-07-02T16:04:22.350Z

Mr Williamson said he will outline how the Government plans to get children back to school full-time in September.

2020-07-02T16:03:07.223Z

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is leading today’s press conference:

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2020-07-02T15:58:18.356Z

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill was questioned by a minister at the Northern Ireland Executive over her actions attending the funeral of IRA veteran Bobby Storey that brought hundreds out on the streets despite the coronavirus regulations.

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon said: “At today’s Executive meeting the Deputy First Minister set out her case, she set out her views as to why she doesn’t think she broke any of the guidance or regulations.

“A number of ministers expressed their views and a number of us expressed concern that damage has been done to the credibility of the Executive in terms of trying to clearly communicate to people what they need to be doing and bringing them with us.”

Asked if she was content that Ms O’Neill continue on as Deputy First Minister, Ms Mallon responded: “Colum Eastwood, our party leader, has set out the SDLP’s position. I just think we all have to recognise that yes, this was a very difficult situation, we had a grieving family, but we always have to show leadership even in the midst of our grief and a lot of hurt has been caused, and I think an apology earlier on would have helped this situation.”

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2020-07-02T15:44:18.640Z

Here’s the latest from the US:

Donald Trump boasts about 4.8 million new jobs as he claims US economy

US President Trump today held a press conference to boast about the jobs increase in June. 

The US added 4.8 million jobs last month, the biggest increase since records began. President Trump called the number the ‘largest monthly job gain in the history of our country’ in a hastily arranged public appearance after the unemployment rate fell to 11.1%.

He called the numbers ‘spectacular news for American workers,’ adding that “that our economy is roaring back.”

2020-07-02T15:12:52.686Z

UK researchers are developing a saliva-based coronavirus test that could deliver results directly to patients in minutes.

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