Coronavirus news: More schools abandon plans to reopen next week as rising UK infection rates spark fears of second wave

Colin Drury, Tom Embury-Dennis, Peter Stubley

Fears of a second coronavirus spike grew after new figures showed the virus could be growing exponentially in the northwest of England.

The reproduction rate is thought to be 1.01 in the northwest and 1 in the southwest according to data compiled by Public Health England (PHE) and Cambridge University.

The blow comes as the World Health Organisation updated its guidelines to recommend everyone wear a mask while in public – and over-60s wear medical grade masks.

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