Coronavirus plans for GCSE and A-Level exams released as schools close

GCSE and A-level students will be given grades based on teacher assessments, after exams were cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Government said it is aiming for the calculated grades – which will also take into account their previous achievements – to be awarded to pupils in England by the…

All UK Wetherspoons pubs to stay open says boss as 1,600 staff in isolation

All Wetherspoons pubs across the UK will stay open, its boss has insisted, despite hundreds of its own staff being struck down with coronavirus symptoms. The major Brit boozer chain is keeping all its 867 venues across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland open as the Covid-19 crisis sweeps the…

Germans warned: Keep your distance or face a curfew

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany may enforce a nationwide curfew if the country’s 83 million people fail to keep their distance from each other this weekend to curb the spread of coronavirus, government and health leaders said on Friday. Angela Merkel’s spokesman said the German chancellor would hold talks with regional…

'No work, no food': For Kibera dwellers, quarantine not an option

Residents of Nairobi’s vast informal settlement prepare for coronavirus but still need to work to put food on the table. Nairobi, Kenya – Take a stroll down Kibera avenue and at first glance you would not realise that the world is in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic. Vendors are…

Coronavirus: More than 10,000 people have now died from COVID-19 worldwide

The number of people who have died worldwide after testing positive for coronavirus has passed 10,000. The figures – collated by Johns Hopkins University – show more than 3,000 fatalities in Italy, and over 3,100 in China. In the UK, 144 people have died, according to figures from the Department…

Prisons should release inmates from jail to stop coronavirus spread

Calls are mounting for prisoners to get early release after three UK inmates tested positive for the coronavirus. Low-risk inmates should be released from prison to avoid them becoming "incubators" for coronavirus, a former chief inspector of prisons has said. Nick Hardwick suggested prisoners with only a short amount of…

Indian state to close shops, offices in financial capital Mumbai

BENGALURU (Reuters) – India’s westerly state of Maharashtra on Friday decided to close all shops and offices except those providing essential services in India’s financial capital Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur until March 31 in an attempt to restrict the spread of coronavirus, the chief minister of the state said. The…