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Coronavirus live news: UK epidemiologist warns over third wave; Philippines facing ‘learning crisis’, says Unicef

Neil Ferguson says UK must boost immunity by vaccinating more teenagers; 80% of parents in Philippines worried their children ‘learning less’

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UK work and pensions secretary Therese Coffey has suggested that working from home guidance could make a return to fight a possible coronavirus surge this winter.

“Whether that’s with what you just mentioned or making sure statutory sick pay can be paid from day one rather than day four, as tends to happen in more regular times,” she told BBC Breakfast. “These are the sensible measures I think that we’re going to keep.”

As Sajid Javid set out yesterday, although the formal decision is still to be made, but having reflected and looked at the details of the proposal that it’s not deemed necessary at this moment in time.

But they haven’t been ruled out forever. It’s reflecting the fact that a lot of young people have come forward and got their vaccinations over the summer.

Leading epidemiologist Prof Neil Ferguson has said the UK must boost its immunity by vaccinating more teenagers to stop the risk of “a large autumn and winter wave”.

The Imperial professor told BBC Radio 4’s Today that there will be some effect of ditching covid passports in England but that he hopes another national lockdown will not be needed.

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