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Latest figures on outbreaks in schools

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We’ve had the latest figures from Public Health England showing the number of coronavirus outbreaks in schools.

The figures are actually for “acute respiratory outbreaks” but it’s reasonably likely that they will be Covid-19.

In the week ending 23 June there were 40 such outbreaks in “educational settings”, which was down from 49 the week before, but the second highest figure of the year, reflecting the increasing number of pupils in schools.

That compares with 58 outbreaks in care homes, 13 in hospitals and 43 in workplaces.

Has the government met its pledge on laptops?

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Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "We’ve been rolling out over 200,000 laptops for children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds."

In April the government announced it would provide free laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers to enable disadvantaged children to access remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

The devices are available for care leavers, children with a social worker and disadvantaged Year 10 pupils.

On 9 June, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told the House of Commons that 230,000 computers would be given out under the scheme by the end of the month.

The latest update on the scheme, released by the Department for Education on Wednesday, showed that as of 30 June 202,212 laptops and tablets had been delivered along with 47,416 4G wireless routers.

Almost a quarter of laptops and tablets were delivered or dispatched in the last week meaning that many children have waited two and a half months from the announcement of the scheme to receive them.