Leeds news LIVE: List of countries exempted from quarantine to be released today

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By Rebecca Marano
Friday, 3rd July 2020, 6:45 am
Updated Friday, 3rd July 2020, 6:52 am

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A list of countries exempted from the coronavirus quarantine is expected to be released today. Pictured: Leeds Bradford Airport.

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Government issues safety plan for schools reopening

Whole schools or entire year groups could be ordered to self-isolate if coronavirus outbreaks are detected once pupils return to class in England in September.

Schools in England have been told to keep children in class or year-sized "bubbles" and avoid creating "busy corridors" when all pupils return in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.

Government guidance on how to get all children back after the summer break - following up to six months at home - suggests older pupils should be encouraged to be kept away from other groups of students and staff.

It warns that health protection teams could order the whole school, or all pupils in a year group, to self-isolate at home if schools have two or more confirmed coronavirus cases within a fortnight, the advice says.

But the guidance insists school closures "may not be necessary" if there are a number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 on site if schools implement the recommended controls.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced the plans for getting all pupils back on the same day schools in Leicester closed as part of the city's lockdown extension.

Headingley stops on First Bus service to be reinstated

Good morning on Friday, July 3

Good morning and welcome to the YEP’s daily live blog on Friday, July 3. We’ll bring you the latest from throughout the day and if there’s any stories you think we should take a look at, email us on [email protected]

What you may have missed:

The Government is being urged to fund rebuilds of two crumbling Leeds schools to stave off closures and give pupils the education “they deserve”, as the city faces a backlog of millions of pounds in repairs.g

A further six people have died at hospitals in Yorkshire after testing positive for coronavirus, official figures show.

More than 70 arrests have been made and £3m in cash seized across Yorkshire and the Humber after police cracked a crime chat network.

The owner of Bella Italia, Cafe Rouge and Las Iguanas has said it plans to cut 1,909 jobs after calling in administrators.

Emergency services were called to a crash on Stanningley Road. West Yorkshire Police has been contacted for a full statement.

Coronavirus outbreak at large West Yorkshire factory which supplies Asda

A coronavirus outbreak has been confirmed at a major West Yorkshire factory.

Wakefield Council said it has been working closely with Public Health England, the Health and Safety Executive and Forza Foods Ltd to manage an outbreak of COVID-19 at Forza Foods’ site in Normanton, Pontefract.

As of Thursday July 2, 17 members of the workforce have tested positive for COVID-19, Wakefield Council confirmed.

Action has now been taken as quickly as possible to limit the spread of the virus.

List of “lower risk countries” British holidaymakers can travel to to be released today - but what does that mean?

Passengers arriving into England from "lower risk countries" will no longer be subject to quarantine, the Government has said.

Officials are also set to add exemptions to the Government's policy of advising against all non-essential overseas travel, allowing people to take holidays overseas without their insurance policies being affected.

- What will be announced on Friday?

Transport secretary Grant Shapps will announce the lifting of the quarantine policy for passengers arriving in England from countries such as Spain, France, Italy and Germany from July 10, with other countries due to form part of this list.

Meanwhile, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will set out exemptions for a number of destinations from its global advisory against "all but essential" international travel which will come into force on Saturday.

- How will these announcements impact on travel?

The quarantine policy will mean that people either returning to or visiting England from the listed countries will not need to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

The Government has said there is an "expectation" that exempted countries will also not require arrivals from the UK to self-isolate.

Officials "continues to work closely with international partners around the world to discuss arrangements for travellers arriving from the UK," the Government said.

- And what will the FCO advice change mean?

The FCO's announcement will mean that people can travel to a number of destinations overseas with regular travel insurance policies.

- What has the Government said?

Mr Shapps said: "Today marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation.

"Whether you are a holidaymaker ready to travel abroad or a business eager to open your doors again, this is good news for British people and great news for British businesses."

Today’s front page:

Fire service statement after Stanningley Road crash:

The West Yorkshire Fire Service log said: "Road traffic collision involving 1 car trapped under an advertising board.  

"1 male casualty extricated by Fire Service personnel and placed in the care of ambulance crews.

“Appliances from Stanningley and Leeds attended.”

Leeds News LIVE: Evening round-up

Good evening Leeds. Here is the latest news at 5pm:

No new coronavirus deaths announced in Yorkshire for first time since lockdown:

Passenger stole taxi and rammed police car during dangerous chase through Leeds city centre:

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11 of the best curry houses and Indian restaurants reopening for dining in Leeds:

Full list of 59 countries exempt from UK quarantine:

Foreign travel is to be allowed again from 4 July, along with quarantine restrictions on holidaymakers returning to the UK from a select list of countries.

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