Coronavirus news LIVE: UK officially enters recession as Oldham on the brink of local lockdown and deaths hit 46,628

CHILDREN are at a greater risk of being in a car crash or having the flu than of Covid, the deputy chief medial officer has warned.
Dr Jenny Harries has said she can “understand entirely” why parents are nervous to send their kids back to school – but that the long term damage of keeping them out of classrooms is too great.
Meanwhile, headteachers can fine parents who keep their kids off school in September – but it’s a last resort – the schools minister has said.
Nick Gibb stressed that all children should be back in classrooms next week in order to give them the best chance in life, and repair the damage done by months of lockdown.
Speaking on BBC Radio Four’s Today Programme, he said: “Fines for non-attendance have always been a last resort for headteachers and schools. What matters is that young people are attending school.
It comes as the UK death toll rose to 41,429 today, with 1 more death in England reported.
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