Coronavirus: Answers promised after school shutdown confusion

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The government has promised to give more details on how school closures will affect students and parents after criticism over a lack of clarity.

A list of the “key workers” during the coronavirus crisis – whose children can still go to school – will be released later, the education secretary said.

He added more details would be given on Friday on how pupils would be awarded grades after some exams were cancelled.

Meanwhile, Downing Street dismissed suggestions of a travel ban in London.

The prime minister’s official spokesman said: “There are no plans to close down the transport network in London and there is zero prospect of any restrictions being placed on travelling in and out of London.”

Elsewhere, the government’s chief medical adviser, Prof Chris Whitty, said the track of the UK epidemic had followed the path “we thought likely”.

It comes as Northern Ireland announced its first virus-related death, and three more deaths were confirmed in Scotland.

In other developments across the globe:

On Wednesday it was announced that schools in the UK would close their doors on Friday – except for vulnerable pupils or children of key workers.

GCSEs and A-Levels in England and Wales were also cancelled.

Decisions are due to be made in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Scotland’s Education Secretary John Swinney said exams could still go ahead as planned or be re-scheduled.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told BBC Breakfast the Cabinet Office would release the full list of key workers later and parents not on the list would be “immediately aware” their child wouldn’t be offered a place in school.

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