New coronavirus cases confirmed in Derbyshire in the past 24 hours

A further four cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Derbyshire in the past 24 hours, according to the latest data from Public Health England released today (August 15).

The total number of cases diagnosed in Derbyshire since the start of the pandemic now stands at 3,536.

No further cases have been recorded in Derby and the total remains at 1,371.

In Staffordshire, there are seven more confirmed cases, taking its total to 3,946.

UK-wide, the number of cases stands at 317,379. There have been 1,012 new confirmed cases in the past 424hours.

A further three people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths to 41,361.

No new deaths with coronavirus have been confirmed by local health trusts with the total numbers since the start of the pandemic still standing as follows:

Meanwhile getting schools back in September is being seen as a key test for Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, already under pressure after thousands of students had their A-levels downgraded.

He has already been forced to abandon a pledge to get some primary school pupils in England back before the summer holidays, and a second failure could be fatal for his political prospects.

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Speaking ahead of the campaign launch on Monday, Mr Williamson said: “The Government is committed to doing everything necessary to deliver on our national priority of all students returning to schools and colleges in September.

“All children deserve to be back in school as it is the best place for their education and well-being.

“I know families are growing more confident that schools and colleges are ready and waiting to get back to teaching, with the right protective measures in place.

“As the start of term approaches, now is the time for families to think about the practicalities of returning to school in September, whether that’s reassuring themselves that school is the best place for their child to be, or planning the school run to avoid public transport where possible.”

However, shadow education secretary Kate Green said it was essential the Government had a fully effective Test and Trace programme in place if parents were to have the confidence to send their children back.

“Labour has repeatedly called for every child to be safely back in school by September, but it has taken the Government until now to realise that it has failed to reassure parents and teachers,” she said.


Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News