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UK Covid: Sturgeon admits probable link between Scotland football fans’ behaviour and rise in cases – as it happened

Scottish first minister also says cases may be worse in Scotland due to lower population immunity. This live blog has now closed – please follow the global Covid live blog for updates * Whitty may get police protection as PM condemns ‘despicable harassment’ * Business leaders get ‘significant economic benefit’ exemption from quarantine * Ministers set to end automatic isolation for pupils in England * Coronavirus – latest global updates * See all our coronavirus coverage 5.21pm BST The vast majority of children and young people are in school, but I am aware that sadly a minority are experiencing disruption at the moment. Whilst pupils who are self-isolating are being immediately provided with high-quality remote education, we know that the best place for children is in the classroom. That is why I am working with the health secretary, alongside scientists and public health experts, to relax covid measures in schools in line with wider work to remove restrictions across society. Related: Coronavirus live: Ireland to restrict indoor dining to fully vaccinated people; Malta to ban unvaccinated British visitors 4.45pm BST Kim Leadbeater, Labour’s candidate in the Batley and Spen byelection, has defended her party’s decision to distribute a leaflet questioning Boris Johnson’s relationship with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi. Leadbeater told BBC News: I don’t think it is a mistake. I think that leaflet is about human rights and it’s about having an MP who is going to speak out on the human rights issues in Kashmir. And, sadly, we’ve got a prime minister who isn’t doing that, he isn’t challenging the Indian government around these issues. So you need someone who can, and that’s exactly what I would do. This is very troubling, there seems to be a temperature in this campaign that we have not seen in previous by-elections, certainly in West Yorkshire more widely. Obviously it’s particularly distressing for it to happen in a constituency where we lost Jo Cox five years ago to a far-right extremist. Related: ‘Shaking and bleeding’: plea for protection after violence on Batley and Spen campaign trail Continue reading...
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