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Primary school shut after two confirmed cases of COVID-19

Springfield Primary School in Derby has been shut for fourteen days for deep cleaning after two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed. The school, for vulnerable young children, had stayed open for these children and children of key workers in March, when other schools were ordered to close by the government. The Odyssey Collaborative Trust, who run the school, issued a statement saying that anyone who had come into contact with the infection was to stay at home and self isolate for two weeks. The Trust went on to say that the diagnosis was reported to them on Thursday and the school was now closed, as all the pupils were now self isolating so there was no need to remain open.

Dutch official advice to single people – find a sex buddy

In the Netherlands single men and women are being advised to take a sex buddy during the lockdown as there has been criticism of the 1.5 metre social distancing rule when visiting friends in their homes during the coronavirus lockdown. In an intervention which is typically open minded for the Dutch, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment have amended the statement to say that those without a sex partner come to a mutual agreement with like minded individuals. In the UK at the start of lockdown government said that couples who do not co-habit must not see each other or rapidly move in together. The Dutch measures come after evidence has been seen that the control of the virus there is working.

The Dutch government have been easing lockdown measures in recent weeks.

France – Government to open as many tourist places as possible on 21st June

Secretary of State Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne proposed that all tourist locations should be reopened on the 21st June to ensure a seamless summer season. The tourism industry has been one of the hardest hit due to the coronavirus pandemic. 62,000 of it’s businesses have already benefitted from 6.2 billion euros on loans guaranteed by the State.

Spain – Features of Phase 2 de-escalation

In Phase 2 people can partake of sports at any time, other than those times allotted for the elderly and vulnerable to take walks. Bars and restaurants can be opened for consumption indoors (apart from nightclubs and nightlife bars) with a permitted capacity of 40%. The autonomous communities may allow visits from a family member to sheltered homes and residential centres for the disabled.

Spain – Health system’s lack of coordination exposed by COVID-19

The water-tight compartmentalisation of the health system has made the data from 17 regions to be incompatible because of procedural differences in data collection, experts said. The overflow of patients in one region, while another has free beds, is a cause for concern. The centralisation of procurement in the pandemic has also exposed the lack of coordination mechanisms in place.

Spain – deaths reduced to 87 in the last 24 hours

Pedro Sanchez has reported at the meeting of regional presidents that in the last 24 hours only 87 people have died. For the first time since 12th March, the daily death toll has dropped below 100. 421 new cases have been diagnosed since yesterday, representing an increase of 0.18%. Hospitalizations increased by just 0.3%.

Germany – Thousands take part in demonstration against corona measures

Thousands of people demonstrated, yet again, on Saturday in several cities against the restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The largest demonstration took place in Stuttgart, where around 5,000 people gathered on the Cannstatter Wasen, according to police. Even at Theresienwiese in Munich, about 1,000 gathered to protest.

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