October 19, 2020

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Coronavirus live news: three more Welsh counties face local lockdowns; concern over clusters at French schools

Neath Port Talbot, Torfaen and the Vale of Glamorgan face further measures; Le Monde reports 32% of outbreaks in France found in schools or universities

6.37pm BST

Bosses at Manchester Metropolitan University have said students under a Covid-19 lockdown are free to leave their student halls but “trust they will do the right thing” and self-isolate, following a number of students saying they were being falsely imprisoned.

Professor Malcolm Press, vice chancellor of the university said they were unable to stop some 1,700 students from leaving the quarantined campuses but stressed he expected students to follow government guidance on self-isolating.

6.00pm BST

Too many children are being tested for coronavirus because of an understandable but misplaced concern about school outbreaks, a leading scientist has said, as a study shows they are about 40% less likely than adults to be infected.

Prof Russell Viner of UCL and Great Ormond Street children’s hospital, the study’s lead author, is calling for schools to be kept fully open in light of the findings, because of the serious harm done to children by classroom closures.

Related: Too many children are being tested for Covid, leading study says

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