This week’s Covid-19 communication covers:

  1. New update as of 22.06.20
  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
The number of worldwide infections is now close to 9 million, with WHO reporting the largest daily increase in reported infections so far during the pandemic over the weekend.   The number of reported deaths has now risen to 461,765, of which over 400,000 have been in Europe or the Americas.  The situation in South America is deteriorating fast.  The situation in the Middle-East, South Africa, Russia and the Indian subcontinent remains challenging, as it does in Indonesia and the Philippines.  In Europe, the UK remains the only country other than Russia to report over 1,000 daily infections and to average over 100 daily deaths .  However this is the first week for many weeks that there have been fewer than 1,000 reported deaths in the previous week, with 949 in the seven days from Monday to Sunday.

In England, primary schools were able to welcome back additional pupils from last week, and some prep schools have taken the opportunity to welcome back Year 8 leavers.  A very successful international forum was held last week, with schools sharing their stories and challenges from across the world.  BSA sends best wishes to all those member schools who have boarders back, or have continued to look after them during the pandemic, and to all members who are making plans for reopening soon.

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