Coronavirus daily round-up: Tuesday 17 November

Fiona Simpson
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Hull City Council is calling on the government to give it powers to close schools due to a rise in Covid-19 cases in the area.

Hull is now the worst infected area in England. Picture: Hull City Council
Hull is now the worst infected area in England. Picture: Hull City Council
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Hull calls for powers to close schools

Hull City Council leader Stephen Brady has written a personal letter to Boris Johnson asking him to intervene in a spike in cases in the northern city.

Brady has called for the Prime Minister to grant the council powers to impose more restrictions including the closure of schools.

Hull currently has 770 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people.

Home Office calls for more protection for child abuse victims 

The Home Office has joined forces with charities including the NSPCC, Barnardo’s and The Children’s Society to launch a new campaign to protect victims of child abuse amid the latest Covid-19 lockdown.

The month-long social media campaign, ‘Something’s Not Right’, encourages young people to recognise different forms of abuse, report it and get help. 

The campaign follows evidence suggesting that young people face a greater risk of sexual abuse, criminal exploitation and domestic abuse due to the impact of coronavirus.

Calls for reopening of outdoor education sector 

A coalition of charities providing residential and educational activities for children have released a “blueprint” for the continuation of outdoor learning during the pandemic.

A new report by Access Unlimited, a group of charities including YHA (England & Wales), The Outwood Bound Trust, Scouts, Girlguiding, Field Studies Council and the National Parks aims to provide evidence to the government that outdoor activities can continue amid Covid-19 restrictions.

It is calling on the government to release a “roadmap” to reopening the outdoor activities sector.

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