Three in five schools plan to rely on tests when deciding GCSE and A-level grades

Three in five schools plan to rely on tests when deciding GCSE and A-level grades – even though official exams are cancelled A survey by the school leaders’ union ASCL found seven per cent of schools will base assessments entirely on exam-style papers Fifty three per cent said they would give greater weight to exam-style … Read more

Parents will NOT have to pay for Covid tests for children under 11 for holidays abroad

Parents will NOT have to pay for Covid tests for children under 11 as part of new ‘traffic light’ system for foreign holidays from May 17 Under 11s won’t have to take Covid-19 tests before flying out and returning home  Travel industry figures say families would be reluctant to book with big test costs Transport Secretary … Read more

Summer holidays abroad: Everything you need to know from tests to the most likely destinations

Overseas trips are to be permitted under a ‘traffic light’ country classification scheme with different requirements. But which countries will be classed ‘green’? This is a watershed moment. Transport secretary Grant Shapps has come to his senses at last, with travel abroad possible from as early as May 17. ‘I’m not advising against booking summer holidays,’ … Read more

twice-weekly Covid tests will spark fear-mongering and anxiety, writes DR JOHN LEE 

This perverse plan for twice-weekly Covid tests will spark fear-mongering and anxiety, writes DR JOHN LEE By Dr John Lee For The Daily Mail Published: 22:58 BST, 5 April 2021 | Updated: 23:11 BST, 5 April 2021 The Government’s announcement yesterday of twice-weekly testing for everybody in the country who wants it could hardly be … Read more

Argentina’s president tests positive for Covid despite getting the Russian Sputnik V jab in January 

Argentina’s president reveals he has tested positive for Covid – despite getting the Russian Sputnik V jab in January Alberto Fernández’s diagnosis was confirmed with a PCR test over the weekend He has had both doses of the Sputnik V vaccine, one in January and February Sputnik developer Russia’s Gamaleya Institute has insisted the jab … Read more

We all want a return to normality… regular Covid tests can help, writes Dr JENNY HARRIES

We all want a return to normality… regular Covid tests can help us achieve that, writes UKHSA chief executive Dr JENNY HARRIES By Dr Jenny Harries For The Daily Mail Published: 00:00 BST, 5 April 2021 | Updated: 00:01 BST, 5 April 2021 The new UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) launched last week with the … Read more

RADHIKA SANGHANI tests the new ‘try while THEY wait’ fashion services

The doorbell rings and I open up to find my latest online clothes delivery hanging neatly on the doorknob. Two metres away, a friendly woman dressed smartly in a blazer and mask introduces herself as Beth, my style concierge. She explains I have 40 minutes to try on my clothes, during which I can FaceTime … Read more

Families face paying £600 for tests to go on foreign holidays

Families face paying £600 for tests to go on foreign holidays: Traffic light system will require at least £150 per person extra – even if the destination is on the ‘green list’ Under traffic light system each traveller will take at least two tests on holidays  The first is taken 72 hours before boarding a … Read more

Families face paying £600 for tests to go on foreign holidays

Families face paying £600 for tests to go on foreign holidays: Traffic light system will require at least £150 per person extra – even if the destination is on the ‘green list’ Under traffic light system each traveller will take at least two tests on holidays  The first is taken 72 hours before boarding a … Read more

Covid-19: ‘Vast majority’ of positive rapid Covid tests are likely to be false, scientist claims

The ‘vast majority’ of positive rapid Covid tests at school are likely to be false, Professor Jon Deeks,  The ‘vast majority’ of positive results from rapid coronavirus tests used at secondary schools are likely to be wrong, an expert has claimed. Cases have fallen rapidly among children since the start of the year, with just 0.05 … Read more