Dear members

This week’s Covid-19 communication covers:

  1. New update as of 20.04.20
  2. Links to previous advice.

As ever the update is issued by BSA in conjunction with our partners BAISIS and ISC. BSA reminds all schools that it is not a medical, statutory or legal authority and any advice is given on that basis.

A.1: What has changed
At the time of the last update (April 6, 2020) the UK had reported almost 5,000 deaths and there were just under 50,000 reported cases. In two weeks this has risen to 16,060 reported hospital deaths and 120,067 reported cases. Experts believe the number of hospital admissions is flattening, but it has become evident in recent days that any exit from lockdown is likely to be a lengthy and possibly staged process, with no change to the current arrangements before May 8. 

China continues to reopen, and some other countries are gradually lifting restrictions, but still in a very limited way. A return to “normal” is certainly still a long way off.   

Much of the guidance issued before Easter has been updated and is detailed below, along with information about Tier 4, repatriation and schools’ support for their local communities.

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