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Thousands of students are now in self-isolation as 17 more schools in Greater Manchester get positive tests

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Thousands of pupils are now self-isolating across Greater Manchester due to confirmed coronavirus cases in schools. 

Earlier this week, 15 schools were revealed to have been affected by the virus within the first few days of opening. 

The MEN now reports a further 17 have alerted parents to positive cases.

The number of children required to self-isolate changes from school to school, and is dependent on bubble size. In some schools a bubble is one class, in others it is full year groups.

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The updates come after Buile Hill Academy in Pendleton and Co-Op Academy Swinton both sent whole year groups home.

Wilbraham Primary School in Fallowfield has now confirmed cases to families and Harrop Fold School in Little Hulton is the third school in Bolton to send pupils home, with all of the year 11s now self-isolating.

Confirmed cases have been reported in Holly Mount RC Primary in Bury, Royton and Crompton Academy in Oldham, and Bury Church of England High School. 

In most situations, the siblings of a pupil who has been asked to self-isolate can still attend school. However they and the rest of the household should self isolate if they begin to suffer symptoms. 

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New list of schools with pupils self-isolating:

  • Harrop Fold, Salford – (Year 11)
  • Ellenbrook Primary School, Walkden, Salford – (One class from Year 3)
  • Wilbraham Primary School, Fallowfield – (Year 3 and Year 4)
  • Park View Community School, Miles Platting
  • Heaton Park Primary School, Bury – (Class 2W)
  • Lowercroft Primary School, Bury – (Year 6)
  • Prestolee Primary School, Radcliffe
  • Great Academy Ashton, Tameside – (part of Y10)
  • St Martin’s CE Primary, Oldham – (One class)
  • Sandbrook Community Primary School, Rochdale – (One bubble)
  • Broadfield Primary School, Rochdale – (Three bubbles)
  • Marland Hill Community Primary School, Rochdale – (Two bubbles)
  • St Cuthbert’s RC High School, Rochdale – (Year 11)
  • Boarshaw Primary School, Middleton – (One bubble)
  • St John Vianney RC School, Stretford – (Small number self-isolating)
  • St Mary’s Catholic High School, Astley, Wigan
  • St Michael’s CE Primary, Atherton, Wigan

Schools with pupils who are already self-isolating:

  • Buile Hill Academy, Salford – (Year 7)
  • Co-op Academy Swinton – (Year 7 and Year 10)
  • Dean Trust Wigan – (Year 8)
  • Manchester High School for Girls – (Year 5 Prep)
  • Newall Green Primary School, Wythenshawe – (One class in Year 1)
  • Yew Tree Community School, Chadderton – (Class 4 Red)
  • Middleton Parish Church School
  • Bowlee Park Community School, Middleton – (Year 1 Class 3 and Year 1 Class 4)
  • St Stephen’s RC Primary School, Droylsden – (Confirmed case in Key Stage 2)
  • St Anne’s Primary School, Denton – (One class in Year 5)
  • Old Hall Drive Academy, Gorton – (Year 6)
  • Old Moat Primary School, Withington – (Year 6)
  • Gorse Hill Primary School, Stretford – (Year 1)
  • Brooklands Primary School, Sale
  • Seymour Park Community Primary, Old Trafford

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Around 20 people involved in mass brawl ‘with knives’ in Piccadilly Gardens

The violence spilled out into the street

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A large group of people were involved in a mass fight ‘with knives’ in Piccadilly Gardens last night.

Around 20 people were caught up in the large brawl on Monday evening, and according to reports some were armed with knives.

The fight took place outside Morrisons on the end of Oldham Street, and happened around 9:30pm.

Witnesses reported seeing some of the suspects carrying knives, although police didn’t recover any from the scene, and busses were forced to stop as the violence spread out onto the road.

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Someone who witnessed the fight said on Twitter: “Piccadilly gardens is the roughest place on earth… a lovely night out helping ruined by a group of young kids kicking each others faces in”.

Officers responded to the incident, but no arrests were made or serious injuries reported.

This incident was the third of serious violence in just a few days.

Saturday afternoon saw another incident outside Morrisons in Piccadilly Gardens, in which a man was slashed in the face.

And on Sunday a brawl involving two tables at Barca bar in Castlefield happened, with some involved arming themselves with weapons like bar furniture and a baseball bat.

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Leading scientists call for end of face masks and social distancing by June

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Leading scientists have written to the UK government calling for social distancing and face masks to be scrapped from June.

In total 22 scientists have signed the communication, saying that these measures should finish on June 22nd – the same date limits on social contact are set to be scrapped in England.

One of the scientists who has added their name to the letter is Dr Roland Salmon, the former director of the communicable disease centre in Wales.

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Dr Salmon told BBC Radio Wales: “I am not venting my frustration but I do think some dialogue is well overdue.

“I have always felt that there has been little credible evidence benefit for many of the measures that we take.”

According to him, the letter was written to encourage the government to focus on protecting vulnerable people rather than the masses as we move forward.

Dr Salmon said we need to deal with the ‘here and now’ when asked about the threat of variants, going on to add that the vaccine has shown it helps prevent severe disease and death.

He added: “We can’t stop living forever while we wait for things to happen”.

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Scientists who’ve signed the letter include Prof Robert Dingwall from Nottingham Trent University, who sits on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG). 

There’s also Prof Anthony Brookes, a geneticist and health data scientist at the University of Leicester, and Prof Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at Oxford University.

The letter reads: “We are being told simultaneously that we have successful vaccines and that major restrictions on everyday life must continue indefinitely. Both propositions cannot be true.

“We need to give more weight to the data on the actual success of the vaccines and less to theoretical risks of vaccine escape and/or surge in a largely vaccinated population.”



It continues: “Covid-19 no longer requires exceptional measures of control in everyday life, especially where there have been no evaluations and little credible evidence of benefit.

“Measures to reduce or discourage social interaction are extremely damaging to the mental health of citizens; to the education of children and young people; to people with disabilities; to new entrants to the workforce; and to the spontaneous personal connections from which innovation and enterprise emerge.”

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Boris Johnson is regarded as ‘untrustworthy’ by six out of 10 voters

It follows weeks of allegations against the PM

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According to a new poll Boris Johnson is seen as ‘untrustworthy’ by six out of 10 voters in Britain, with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer seen as more trustworthy.

The poll from Ipsos MORI was shared by the Evening Standard, and comes after weeks of leaks and allegations about sleaze aimed at the prime minister.

The research found that Mr Johnson is trusted by just 35% of voters and deemed untrustworthy by 59%, while Sir Keir is seen as trustworthy by 42% and is untrusted by 41%.

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Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos MORI, said: “On honesty Boris Johnson is clearly trumped by Keir Starmer, so this is an area of potential risk for him. 

“However, his own supporters still trust him, and the public overall have never seen it as one of his strongest attributes … and as previous leaders such as Tony Blair have shown, you don’t have to be ahead on trust to win elections. 

“The key question is whether and if these stories continue and start to change the public’s overall view on him as PM.”

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The poll was taken following weeks of reports about murky donations being used to refurbish the prime minister’s flat, as well as disclosures about covert lobbying.

However, it was undertaken before the most recent allegations that Mr Johnson said he’d rather see ‘bodies pile high’ than have another lockdown, so those reports won’t have been taken into consideration by those polled.

Despite all the recent controversy, the prime minister and government’s net satisfaction hasn’t changed much since March, with both Mr Johnson (44 satisfied/50 dissatisfied) and Sir Keir (36/46) having net negative ratings.

Ipsos MORI interviewed 1090 adults across the UK by telephone from April 16th to the 22nd – you can find full details here.

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