UK coronavirus live: refuse to treat patients without PPE 'as last resort', says nursing body, as three nurses die

Three nurses have died after contracting Covid-19, amid growing criticism of the lack of protection for NHS staff

11.17am BST

Schools should consider opening in some form over the six-week summer holidays to help children catch up with the curriculum – and to provide childcare for families who need to get back to work, the children’s commissioner has said.

Anne Longfield said that when schools are allowed to reopen, they could be vital during the long summer holidays.

It would be really valuable, if the scientific advice says they can, to have schools consider opening in some form over the summer holidays to help children learn and catch up but also to offer them a safe place to play and socialise with friends.

It would also provide vital childcare for families who need to get their incomes back up as they, hopefully, return to work.

Related: Call for schools to open in the summer after lockdown

11.08am BST

Confusion persists over whether employees can be forced by their bosses to take holidays while on the government’s furlough scheme.

One worker contacted the Guardian to complain their employer was spending official furlough money to cover wages now and also using it to pay down holiday entitlement that would otherwise be payable later in the year.

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