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The father of an English teacher misplaced in Japan says her disappearance is “out of character”. Alice Hodgkinson, formerly from Nottingham, was stated missing by her manager on 1 July after not showing at work in Tokyo. The 28-year-old is a teacher at Shane English School and resides in the neighburing Kanagawa prefecture. The government stated it was “in contact with local authorities” and Miss Hodgkinson’s family. Stephen Hodgkinson, from Bestwood Village, stated, he had last talked to his daughter more than a week ago. “I had emailed her to say ‘thank you’ for a Father’s Day present she had…

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It “makes sense” for people who have received both jabs to be treated differently to those who are not, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has stated. Sajid Javid will pronounce later on self-isolation changes in England for those who have had both Covid jabs. He also said daily cases “could go as high as 100,000” when limitations were fully lifted. And the government will provide more details later on how it ideates to relax Covid rules for schools in England. The “bubble” system has led to increasing numbers of pupils being sent home if a single child has a positive test.…

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England’s schools will find out soon how the government policies to relax rules that have led to large numbers of students being sent home if a single child has a positive Covid test.  The previous week the “bubble” system saw more than 375,000 children sent home. It has implied missed days of lessons for thousands of pupils and frustration for parents struggling between work and childcare. The declaration will come amid a counterattack to government plans to ditch rules on wearing face masks. Labour, trade unions and some scientists have stated now is not the time to alter the rules…

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The Duchess of Cambridge has been asked to self-isolate for ten days after getting in touch with someone who later tested positive for Covid. Catherine had been due at a St Paul’s Cathedral service to rejoice the work of the NHS during the pandemic. After that, she was scheduled to be present at a Buckingham Palace event for NHS staff. Kensington Palace stated she does not have any symptoms but is “following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home”. It mentioned that the Duchess last week “came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive”. Catherine’s last…

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Alterations to the UK’s rules on foreign travel are set to be announced later, after industry bosses united in an appeal for the green list to be widened. Updates to the government’s traffic light system are scheduled in the afternoon. Travel bosses are calling for an exclusion to quarantine for fully-vaccinated people from amber countries. Before the announcement, PM Boris Johnson said there was a “real opportunity to open up travel” this summer for those who have got two jabs. But the outlook of European holidays could witness another hurdle, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested all EU countries should…

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Buckingham Palace has confessed the royal household is not diverse enough, as it pulicizes its annual financial report. The Sovereign Grant report revealed for the first time that the proportion of ethnic minority employees within the royal household is 8.5% and it targets to reach 10% by the end of 2022. As per a 2011 census, 14% of the population of England and Wales is non-White and In Scotland, 4% are non-White. The yearly financial statement also exposed the royal household has continued to work on refining its diversity strategy, which was present before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s allegations…

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Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has met national leaders for emergency talks on how to confront a surge in Covid-19 infections. An outbreak in Sydney linked to the highly contagious Delta variant has increased to 128 cases. Cases have also been found in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. Officials state it is a “critical time”. The border closures and lockdowns in Australia have helped in keeping the case numbers low in the country. Reports state the emergency meeting reflected mandatory vaccinations for care home workers and new quarantine rules. It is the first time in months that cases…

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After the resignation of former Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Sajid Javid – the new Healthy Secretary-will soon update MPs on the Covid measures. Mr Javid said he wished to see the end of restrictions at the earliest possible, but any easing would be “irreversible”. Boris Johnson stated the remaining measures would ease on 19 July and ensured a data review to see if this can take place two weeks earlier. The Commons is expected to be shared the details of this review. The government had earlier planned to ease all legal limits on social contact on 21 June. However, it…

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Since the last year, Australia has been gliding along, almost blissfully standing apart from the global pandemic. It had acclaimed the stage of a “Covid normal” where people could visit restaurants and nightclubs and join crowds at festivals and theatres. The country’s strict Covid defences – border closures and mandatory quarantine – proved effective 99.99% of the time. When cases leaked, officials acted swiftly, locking down cities and following every infected contact. Sydney – Australia’s biggest and the wealthiest city – managed to avoid regular snap lockdowns enabled by a “gold standard” contact-tracing system. But in the previous fortnight, the…

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The Covid control system in England’s schools, according to which groups of pupils have to self-isolate if one tests positive, could be brawled in the autumn. As per the latest development, ministers are looking at asking schools to start daily testing instead. Official figures indicated that in England alone this month, 172,000 children were self-isolating, possibly being in contact with a positive case in school. Health Secretary Sajid Javid has vowed to address the issue. Frustration among parents and teachers is rising over the disruption because a rising number of children and their households presently have to quarantine. The Department…

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