Coronavirus UK LIVE: Deaths hit 34,466 and secondary schools could reopen from June 1

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THE UK death toll has surpassed 34,000 as 181 more people have died of coronavirus in England.

This is lower than yesterday’s death toll rise of 186 in England.

Secondary schoolkids could join primary pupils and return in just two weeks, the Government said tonight after a fiery row between ministers and unions.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson warned unions there is a “consequence” to not reopening schools according to the Government’s guidance.

Doctors have warned against schools reopening on June 1, as planned by the UK government.

The British Medical Association are warning the move by Boris Johnson to begin with opening primary schools in two weeks may be too soon.

Backing teachers opposing the plan, the union said teachers were “absolutely right” to urge caution and prioritise testing before reopening schools on June 1.

Meanwhile, the reproduction rate of Covid-19 – the R value – has increased slightly across the UK.

Last week the R in the UK was thought to be between 0.5 and 0.9 but the estimate is that it is now between 0.7 and 1.0.

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