Coronavirus news - live: Holidaymakers beat France quarantine deadline with minutes to spare amid cover-up fears over NHS staff deaths as reviews to be kept secret

Colin Drury, Andy Gregory
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Holidaymakers have returned from France with minutes to spare before the imposition of quarantine measures at 4am, after thousands paid over the odds to pack out airports, ferry ports and train stations in a pre-dawn scramble to beat the deadline.

Following the highest daily rise in new UK coronavirus infections on Friday since mid-June, lockdown restrictions were further eased in England – with indoor theatre, music and performance venues allowed to reopen with social distancing, alongside casinos, bowling alleys and “close contact” beauty services.

As fury continued to boil over the decision to hand out A-level results based on a government algorithm, top medics, politicians and union leaders told The Independent of their fears of a “cover-up”, after it emerged that findings from a review into NHS staff deaths during the pandemic would be kept secret.

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