Coronavirus: The 15 major developments that happened on Monday

Rebecca C. Taylor
·4 mins read

Here’s what you need to know on 24 August. This article was updated at 5.10pm.

Deaths: The Government said 41,433 people had died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 as of Monday, an increase of four on the day before.

Testing: The NHS Test and Trace system has been criticised after directing people to centres more than 100 miles away. People from Devon are directed to a centre in Swansea when they try to book a test, according to PA. Read more here.

Education: Boris Johnson said there are no plans for children to wear face coverings in schools in England as he urges parents to send them back next month when they reopen. He said pupils face more harm by staying at home. Read more here.

Nicola Sturgeon has said secondary school pupils in Scotland may have to wear coverings in corridors and communal areas as the education secretary consults with local authorities and teachers. She said the rule would go beyond the World Health Organisation advice. Read more here.

A school in Scotland remains closed after 22 people tested positive for coronavirus. Kingspark School in Dundee was closed last Wednesday and pupils and staff were asked to self-isolate for 14 days. Read more here.

Children are more likely to get the flu or be in a car crash than catch coronavirus in schools, a government adviser has said. England’s deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries said pupils’ risk of catching the flu or being involved in a road accident are “higher” than contracting COVID-19 at school. Read more here.

Scotland: The lockdown in Aberdeen helped to beat back coronavirus, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Some rules, like the travel ban, were lifted at midnight, while others will be removed on Wednesday.

Business: Nightclubs have proposed introducing temperature checks, face masks and bouncer patrols to enable them to reopen. Club owners have warned of a financial armageddon if they cannot reopen soon. Read more here.

Vaccines: Britons reject “vaccine nationalism” and would rather emergency workers in other countries get a working vaccine before the wider public, a survey has found. The survey found significant public support for COVID-19 vaccines being made available to all countries at the same time, regardless of how rich or powerful they are. Read more here.

Read more about COVID-19

How to get a coronavirus test if you have symptoms

What you can and can’t do under lockdown rules

In pictures: How UK school classrooms could look in new normal

How public transport could look after lockdown

How our public spaces will change in the future

Rest of the world

China has been administering an experimental coronavirus vaccine to essential workers since July according to one of the country’s top health officials. Zheng Zhongwei said it was in line with the law. Read more here.

A “very worrying” outbreak of coronavirus has been reported at a naturist facility in France. The Cap d'Agde resort reported 38 positive tests on Monday and 57 on Wednesday. Read more here.

Jacinda Ardern has extended the lockdown in Auckland until midnight on Sunday. The New Zealand Prime Minister described 2020 as “frankly terrible” as she confirmed the city had reported the biggest cluster in coronavirus cases. Read more here.

A man who recovered from coronavirus four and a half months ago has become the first person to be reinfected, according to officials in Hong Kong. The findings suggest the disease could spread despite herd immunity. Read more here.

Positive news

Tesco is to make 16,000 jobs it created during the height of the pandemic permanent as its online business grows. The company said it’s on top of 4,000 which were already made permanent. Read more here.

London Zoo is to get an emergency loan from Barclays as it recovers from the impact of lockdown and having to close its doors. A source said the loan would help but the zoo will still need donations. Read more here.

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