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Coronavirus: Bank boss backs furlough end and London Marathon elite only

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Thursday evening. We'll have another update for you on Friday morning.

1. Bank boss backs end to furlough

The governor of the Bank of England has backed the government's decision to end its furlough scheme in October. Andrew Bailey told the BBC it was important that policymakers helped workers to "move forward" rather than keep them in unproductive jobs. Here's what happens when the furlough scheme ends. The Bank of England said earlier the economic downturn has so far been less severe than first feared.

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Media captionAndrew Bailey says the UK economy has picked up as restrictions are lifted

2. Virus cases increase in Aberdeen outbreak

The number of coronavirus cases linked to an outbreak in Aberdeen has increased to 79 - with more expected in the coming days. Meanwhile for Aberdeen's hospitality workers, the latest localised lockdown measures have made the pandemic feel "never ending".

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3. NI pupils to return full-time

All school pupils in Northern Ireland will return to the classroom full-time next month, ministers have announced. Rules will also be introduced requiring the wearing of face coverings in shops, bringing the region in line with England and Scotland. It comes as the reopening of pubs that only sell drinks in Northern Ireland is delayed until at least 1 September.

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4. London Marathon will just be for elite runners

The London Marathon usually takes place in April but this year's race was postponed until October. But today organisers have announced the event will only involve elite athletes - with the event cancelled for the 45,000 other runners. Next year's event will also take place in October, rather than a date in April.

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5. Back to work. Kids' clubs closed. What do you do?

With kids off school and lockdown easing, childcare has become a summer issue for many parents returning to work. There have been warnings of a "perfect storm" for working parents - of rising costs and providers closing. So how are parents managing? The BBC's Hazel Shearing finds out.

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