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UK coronavirus LIVE: Death toll in hospitals rises by 44 as Government outlines plans for schools to return in September

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 02/07/2020

Screen grab of Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by PA Video/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Wire/PA Images Screen grab of Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by PA Video/PA Images via Getty Images) Gavin Williamson has outlined plans for schools to safely return in September as the number of coronavirus deaths in hospitals rises by 44.

Speaking at the Downing Street press conference, the Education Secretary suggested that school buses could be segregated to ensure pupils remained in their “bubbles” while deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries said that lessons could be taught outdoors to reduce the risk of transmission.

It comes after Boris Johnson said the threat of coronavirus was "not over" in an in an interview with the Evening Standard. The Prime Minister issued a plea to revellers, saying: “Do not undo the sacrifices you have made with reckless behaviour.” Bars, pubs and restaurants are among the venues swinging open their doors on July 4 .

Meanwhile, the number of people who have died in hospitals after testing positive for Covid-19 has risen by 44 in England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland has yet to release its latest statistics today and the Government's official figures will follow shortly.

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