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Boris Johnson is holding a press conference to hail the return of millions of schoolchildren to the classroom in England.
The restarting of physical lessons is the first step on the government's roadmap out of the coronavirus lockdown.
On Sunday the Prime Minister said the country is "ready" for the reopening of schools with Covid-19 cases, hospitalisations and deaths down in recent weeks.
He is set to reassure parents that schools are safe places for their children.
Mr Johnson is also likely to be quizzed on the explosive tell-all interview Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have recorded with Oprah Winfrey.
Pupils headed back to school with a huge mass testing operation in place and extra Covid measures in place across the country.
The Prime Minister declared it the first stage of his "irreversible" roadmap out of lockdown, which the government aims to complete by June 21.
He insisted the country is "ready" for the return of schools with cases, hospitalisations, and deaths having all plunged in recent weeks.
Mr Johnson said the tide has turned so much against the virus that now "the risk is actually in not going back to school given all the suffering, all the loss of learning we have seen".
He added that he's "very hopeful" things will go “according to plan" with a mass testing blitz and extra safety measures in place.
Pupils in secondary schools are being asked to take three tests over the next two weeks, after which they will be provided with two tests a week to be carried out at home.
They will be strongly encouraged to wear masks in the classroom until at least the Easter holidays in April.
Primary school children will not have to wear face coverings.
As part of other phase one rules around meeting another household have been loosened to allow people to leave home to meet one other person outdoors for a coffee or picnic.
And visits to care homes are also resuming today under strictly controlled conditions.
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