Dear members

This week’s Covid-19 communication covers:

  1. New update as of 15.06.20
  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
This time last week the number of worldwide reported deaths was nudging 400,000 and is now close to 420,000. Almost 6 million of the 7½ million reported infections are in Europe or the Americas, although there is uncertainty about the accuracy of figures from some countries. The situation in parts of South America and in India is of particular concern. In the UK experts estimate that 1 in 1,700 people are currently infected, but the rate of transmission has slowed. There have been 1,156 further deaths since last week, with the total now standing at 41,698.

It is not anticipated that many new countries will reopen their schools before August, other than in parts of the world where holidays differ from the traditional pattern of the northern hemisphere. In Thailand schools still plan to reopen on July 1st. A further step is taken in England today with some Year 10 and 12 pupils being allowed back to school, and potentially some further pupils in prep and primary, see section A3 for details. Wales sees a limited reopening on June 29, with schools in Scotland able to open in a phased manner from August 11, and schools in Northern Ireland later that month. In England, any further school opening is scheduled “in September”, with plans to have all primary pupils returning before the summer having last week been shelved.

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