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Sunday, April 19, latest;

Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, provided today’s daily briefing in which he said that the Government needs to meet five tests before setting a deadline for reopening of schools.

While he stated that the Government is “enormously grateful” to the teachers and staff in nurseries who have continued working to care for vulnerable children and look after the children of key workers, he added that he couldn’t give a date as to when schools will reopen fully.

The five tests to satisfy prior to re-opening are:

  • The NHS’s ability to cope
  • Daily death rates decreasing
  • Reliability of data on rate of infection falling
  • Testing capacity and PPE being managed, with supply meeting demand
  • Any changes the government makes will not risk a second peak of infections

PPE equipment was also on the agenda, and Williamson said that the Government has been engaged in an “enormous effort” to secure supplies from “right around the globe”.

A shipment that was due to arrive in the UK from Turkey on Sunday afternoon was delayed, and he added that the RAF is on standby to bring the equipment on Monday.