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Coronavirus round-up

It’s Jacob’s little crackers

JACOB REES-MOGG joined proud parents sharing snaps of their children heading back to the classroom yesterday. The Commons leader tweeted the photograph, with the caption: ‘The holidays are over and my five older children certainly need and want to be at school.’ The children pictured were sons Peter, Thomas, Anselm and Alfred, and daughter Mary. Three-year-old son Sixtus hasn’t yet started school.

Zante trips axed after spike

GREECE insists it is doing ‘everything in our power’ to keep UK holidaymakers safe as England faces pressure to reimpose quarantine rules on the country. Tour operator Tui has cancelled trips to the resort of Laganas on Zante from today. Wales is asking arrivals from the island to quarantine for two weeks after witnessing about 30 cases linked to holidaymakers who had been there. The government in Scotland is imposing the same requirement on passengers arriving from anywhere in Greece, starting today. But the Department for Transport said no changes had been made to the English quarantine list. Meanwhile, holidaymakers are paying up to £264 to fly back early from Portugal amid speculation that, from Saturday, they will have to quarantine. The rate of cases per 100,000 people has hit 22.7 in the Iberian country, and a rate above 20 usually triggers the requirement.

Exams? This is how the Uzbeks do it

THOUSANDS of teenagers sit university entrance exams in the open air on a running track around the Pakhtakor Stadium in Tashkent. More than 1.4million will take the test over two weeks in Uzbekistan, competing for 150,000 places. The ex-Soviet state, which has had 42,370 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 324 deaths, has just ended its second national lockdown.