Images show wreckage after M60 crash near Manchester this morning

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Last updated: Tuesday, 12 May, 2020, 10:15

  • Primary school classes should be limited to 15 pupils
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Images show wreckage after M60 crash near Manchester this morning

The crash involved a lorry and a HGV and happened on the M60 anticlockwise at junction 21 near Manchester at around 8am. The vehicles are now in the process of being recovered, with only a minor injury reported.

M6 lane closure in Preston

Lane 1 (of 4) has been closed on the M6 southbound between junctions J32 and J31A in Preston this morning. Highways said the closure is due to a vehicle tyre change.

Assistance is at the scene and the lane is expected to remain closed until around 10am. Traffic is moving freely past the lane closure.

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Coronavirus in the North West: This is every confirmed case in the North West on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

There are now 22,510 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the North West as of Tuesday May 12, 2020. In Lancashire, there are a total of 4,042 people who have tested positive for the virus.

– Lancashire – 3,167 (Up from 3,141) – Preston – 368, South Ribble – 206, Chorley – 299, Lancaster – 749, Ribble Valley – 89, Wyre – 293, Burnley – 176, Pendle – 166 – Blackpool – 508 (Up from 503) – Blackburn with Darwen – 367 (Up from 364)

Meanwhile, across the UK, there has been a total of 223,060 lab-confirmed cases and 32,065 deaths. You can find figures for the rest of the North West here.

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Primary school classes should be limited to 15 pupils, Government guidance says

Primary school class sizes should be limited to 15 pupils, desks should be spaced as far apart as possible and outdoor space should be utilised, the Government’s new guidance says.

The guidelines, from the Department for Education (DfE), advises schools to stagger lunch and break times, as well as drop-off and pick-up times, to reduce the number of pupils moving around. Schools should also consider introducing one-way circulation, or placing a divider down the middle of the corridor, to keep young people apart. The advice, published by the department on Monday evening, suggests that nurseries and schools should remove soft furnishings and toys that are hard to clean – and try to keep children in the same small groups at all times each day.

Education settings which cannot achieve the small groups required due to limited classroom space or staff numbers should discuss options with their local authority or trust, the guidance says, adding that solutions might involve children attending a nearby school.

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Here is all Monday’s news…

Will there be control points between Northern Ireland and England?

“No,” replies the prime minister adding: “There will be no checks between Ireland and Northern Ireland and similarly you wouldn’t expect anything between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.” “What we really want people to do in this country is to look at our social distancing measures and apply them with common sense,” he adds.

UK ‘more united than divided’ over measures

The PM says the epidemic is at different stages in different parts of the UK, and it is right for different administrations to take “slightly different approaches”. He adds that “unity” between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland outweighs “differences”.

Why can teachers mix with children but not see family?

Johnson says he “has to go back to what we were saying at the beginning” that people can see one person outside their household outdoors and ensuring social distancing.

He adds he wants schools to be safe and “COVID-secure”.

Prof Whitty says “the one good thing” about the virus is it’s a “very very low” risk to children.  

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