The front pages of many of the morning papers focus on the UK school closures and cancellation of exams in England and Wales.
The Guardian calls it the “first countrywide school shutdown in modern times”; the Sun “the most drastic move yet”, which it warns could lead to “exam chaos”.
The Daily Mirror suggests the plans have confused parents and staff. A union chief tells the paper that they raised “more questions than answers”.
The Times says “pupils were left in limbo”, as they waited to find out how their grades would be awarded. According to the paper, head teachers plan to lobby ministers to consider some form of tests.
The Daily Telegraph believes different models are being considered including using predicted grades, teacher-led assessments and a fresh set of exams.
The Guardian urges that the issue be given careful thought, so they don’t penalise those who could have improved their grades by June.
Melanie McDonagh writes in the Spectator about the headache of working from home with children around. She surmises that not a lot of schooling will be done either, despite the offerings of Google Classroom.
HuffPost UK offers a few tips on how to cope from following your normal routine to creating a designated workspace so your children know when you’re busy.
The Daily Telegraph is among several papers to speculate on whether restrictions could be brought into London as early as Friday.
The Daily Mail points out that more than a third of coronavirus cases have been diagnosed in the capital.
With no confirmation of what might happen, the Telegraph says it has not been ruled out that people could require paperwork to travel.
The Financial Times goes further – based on a single source it moots the idea that only one person might be allowed to leave their home at a time.
Such unconfirmed thoughts are dismissed by a City Hall source, who tells the Daily Express they have heard nothing, suggesting any action is not imminent.
The European Union has called on Netflix and YouTube to limit their services because of fears the continent’s broadband networks could crash, according to the Financial Times. There are worries that domestic broadband connections which were designed to cope with evening surges could not handle adults’ video conferences and children’s online classes.
Vodafone tells the FT that peak time now stretches from midday to 21:00 GMT, and raises concerns about the launch next week of Disney’s new streaming service.
The Mirror, Express and Daily Star all report the concerns of the family of Harry Dunn about the time it took the ambulance to reach the 19-year-old, who died after being hit by a car outside an American military base.
They have talked to Health Secretary Matt Hancock about the 43-minute delay, which they believe was caused by bed blocking.
And as families worry about the anxieties of self isolating, the Sun reports that the model Naomi Campbell is relishing the experience.
Apparently it gives her time to wallow in the tub in what the paper calls a “crisp bath”. The 49-year-old adds Epsom salts, Kosher salts and vinegar to the water, which she claims is very calming for the nervous system.