UK coronavirus live: beauty salons, outdoor theatres, gyms and pools to reopen in England

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An autumn series of exams for pupils in England who want to try to improve on the calculated grades they receive in the summer for their GCSEs and A-levels will be held over six weeks beginning in October, it has been confirmed.

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), which represents the exam boards, said AS and A-levels will be held first, beginning on October 5. GCSEs will follow, starting on November 2, running for three weeks. Exams will be available in all subjects.

In August, we will be celebrating the success of young people and their progression to the next stage of learning or move into a career. The grades will be reflective of what they might have achieved had they been able to sit their exams and will enable them to move on to the next phase in their lives.

The autumn series will be available for young people for whom it was not possible to issue a grade or who wish to improve their grades based on taking an exam. Full details on the autumn series will be available shortly from the exam boards.

ITV have interviewed health secretary Matt Hancock, who has said care homes will open up to visitors “in the next few days”.

Care homes will open up to visitors ‘in the next few days’ Health Secretary @MattHancock tells @PaulBrandITV https://t.co/i3KyG64RDX pic.twitter.com/VwNpwLuEb6

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