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1. School self-isolation hitting poor pupils hardest
Children from the most deprived areas are hit hardest by school self-isolation, The Telegraph can reveal, prompting MPs, scientists and former ministers to demand an immediate end to the bubble system.
On Tuesday it was revealed that a record 385,500 pupils are off school as a result of Covid – the vast majority of whom do not have the virus. Read the full story.
2. Sausage ceasefire imminent – but EU rules could stop export of lawnmowers to Northern Ireland
The export of British lawnmowers to Northern Ireland could be prevented under new EU rules, MPs warned as London and Brussels prepared to announce a ceasefire in their sausage war on Wednesday.
A European scrutiny committee report said the British machinery industry – which exports £9 billion of equipment to Europe – would face new barriers to trade unless the UK changed its rules to match the tougher EU regime. Read the full story.
3. Britain’s new tanks will blast missiles off course using bullets
Britain’s new fleet of tanks will blast incoming missiles off course by firing thousands of tiny bullets at them, the MoD has said.
Trials of an Israeli-made Active Protection System are due to start soon as the army upgrades its heavy armour regiments to produce 148 Challenger 3 tanks. Read the full story.
4. England beat Germany as Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane score to reach Euro 2020 quarters
After 55 years of hurt, tears and misery, finally some joy. Make that a lot of joy.
England made history – and created mass hysteria in the process – by finally beating Germany in the knockout stage of a tournament for the first time since that final in 1966. Read the full story.
5. Sajid Javid opens way for EU travel to resume with NHS app
Sajid Javid is set to pave the way for reopening travel to EU countries with a new NHS app that is ready to bypass Angela Merkel’s quarantine demands.
The app has been updated to serve as a Covid passport that will enable British travellers to prove they are fully vaccinated, show a negative pre-departure test or show that they have had the virus in the past 180 days. Read the full story.
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