Coronavirus UK updates as huge change to GCSE and A Levels announced – HullLive

The UK government has made a dramatic U-turn on GCSE and A-level results.

Exam regulator Ofqual has confirmed students downgraded by examiners in England will be given the grade initially predicted for them by their teachers.

It comes after thousands of A-Level students were left devastated by the results they received last week formulated by the government’s algorithm.

Making the announcement this evening, Ofqual Chair Roger Taylor apologised for the “real anguish” experienced by pupils.

On Monday the Government confirmed there have been three more deaths of coronavirus patients, bringing the UK death toll to 41,369.

There have been a further 713 cases in the past 24 hours, meaning a total of 319,197 people have tested positive since the pandemic began.

Meanwhile, speculation continues to grow that three more destinations popular with UK holidaymakers could follow Spain, France and the Netherlands on to the coronavirus quarantine list.

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This weekend France was added to the quarantine list, and it is feared Croatia, Turkey and Greece could be next.

Removing the countries from the safe travel exemption would mean anyone returning to the UK would need to stay at home for 14 days.

It comes as applications for the second round of the Self-Employment Support Scheme opened on Monday.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the move “means people’s livelihoods across the country will remain protected – helping them get back on their feet as we return to normal.”

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