UK coronavirus live: indoor mixing ban extended to Merseyside, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough


Government recommends no social mixing between people from different households in these areas, Matt Hancock tells MPs

12.59pm BST

NHS Test and Trace has published its weekly performance figures. They are here (pdf) and they show that, on two of its main indicators, performance is getting worse. Testing times are improving, but they are still way off the target set by the prime minister.

Here are the main points.

12.40pm BST

The archbishop of Canterbury and the bishop of Durham have urged the government to extend free school meals to every child whose family is on universal credit, and expand holiday provision to all children on free school meals, saying the number of families who could be destitute by Christmas is “harrowing”.

The food bank charity the Trussell Trust says 46,000 food parcels will need to be provided by their network to people in crisis between October and December 2020 – an increase of 61% on last year. It estimates an additional 670,000 people will be destitute by the end of the year.

All schools must have the appropriate resources to be able to address issues of child hunger and poverty and expand their role as places of security for children who are at risk, whilst maintaining safety at school.

This includes the expansion of free school meals to every child whose family is on universal credit, and the expansion of holiday provision to all children on free school meals.

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