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Coronavirus: Schools investment, Leicester spike and testing boost

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Monday morning. We'll have another update for you at 18:00 BST.

1. Schools investment

Much of the focus this week will be on plans for the UK's post-lockdown economic recovery. As part of that, funding of £1bn for 50 major school building projects in England has been announced, with a further £560m for repairs to existing buildings. Unions have broadly welcomed the move, but warned that billions more will be needed to fully address the problems schools face.

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2. Leicester spike

Government officials will meet Leicester's mayor on Monday morning to discuss how to deal with a spike in cases in the city. Public Health England says 866 have been confirmed in the last two weeks. The home secretary confirmed Leicester could be facing a local lockdown - we examine what that could look like. The mayor has said the powers to impose one are not available. Meanwhile, see the latest on the level of infection in your area.

3. Scotland eases lockdown

From today, shops with on-street access and some workplaces such as factories will reopen in Scotland. Playgrounds will welcome children again, small weddings and civil partnerships can take place outdoors, and the housing market can restart. Scottish Premier League football teams can also recommence non-contact training. Further restrictions are due to be lifted later this week - read more.

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4. Welsh schools reopen

Pupils will start to return to schools in Wales on Monday for the first time since March. Limited numbers will be allowed back over the next three or four weeks to "check in, catch up and prepare" for September. All schools have social-distancing restrictions in place.

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5. Testing boost

The number of mobile Covid-19 testing units in the UK will more than double over the coming weeks. The military are earmarked to staff many facilities as part of efforts to prevent a second wave of cases. The government has been challenged over its testing capacity and the data given during the pandemic. See more on how the system works.

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