Coronavirus live news: one million deaths worldwide; White House Covid taskforce rift deepens

Global death toll passes one million; rift between US health officials coordinating response; New York test positivity rate climbs

7.52am BST

Hundreds of thousands of elementary school students are heading back to classrooms today as New York City enters a high-stakes stage of resuming in-person learning during the pandemic, which is keeping students at home in many other big U.S. school systems, AP reports.
Twice delayed, the elementary school reopening comes over objections from school principals who said the city’s complicated, changing plans put them in a staffing bind.
Meanwhile, officials are worried about recent spurts in virus cases in some city neighbourhoods after a summer of success at keeping transmission fairly stable in the city as a whole.
It’s a big moment for the city, mayor Bill de Blasio said on cable news station NY1 on Monday night. With in-person learning for middle and high school students scheduled to begin Thursday, he noted, as many as half a million kids could be in school in the course of this week.

Meanwhile, Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Tuesday that the Russian capital would extend a planned school holiday in October to two weeks in bid to stem the coronavirus.

7.35am BST

In England, adults without A-levels are to be offered a free college course to help boost their employment opportunities in the beleaguered post-Covid-19 economy, as Boris Johnson reiterates the government’s warning that not all jobs can be saved, Simon Murphy reports.

As part of a package of measures unveiled by Downing Street, people who do not have A-levels or equivalent qualifications will be able to study a college course in England from April paid for via the £2.5bn national skills fund.

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