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NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: School return could mean another COVID surge AND online banks come out on top


NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Here is your roundup of national stories for today across England and Wales.

A new wave of covid has been predicted by a government scientific advisor as children return to school next month. Professor Neil Ferguson has warned ministers 'a large wave of infection' with hospital admissions surpassing a thousand a day could be expected as schools go back and office working returns this autumn. It comes as the professor, of Imperial College London, called the latest covid rates 'sobering'.

He said a surge in cases will not be stopped through lockdowns, but instead population immunity.

His comments came after rules were eased in England so fully-vaccinated adults will no longer have to isolate if they come into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Professor Ferguson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that case numbers have “plateaued” at around 30,000 per day, adding: “That’s a slightly sobering situation to be in coming into September.

“Our contact rates are about half of normal levels, and in school holidays children don’t have that many contacts.

“And we’ll be reopening schools, people will be going back to offices in September.

“So we still have the potential of quite a large wave of infection in September, October.”

The government have announced plans to put financial backing behind the hydrogen energy source industry. Just over one hundred million pounds will be spent to 'kickstart a world leading hydrogen economy'. It comes as experts warn that blue hydrogen may cause more pollution than fossil fuels.

And finally - a new study has found many of us prefer online banks to the traditional model. Monzo, Starling Bank and First Direct have been voted UK customers top three - with Tesco Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland coming in as the least likely to be recommended to a friend.

Click here for yesterday’s national news roundup.

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