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Coronavirus live blog, May 20

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Vital test, track and trace app won't be ready for several weeks

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has told BBC Breakfast the app at the heart of the Government's test, track and trace strategy won't be "fully developed" in England for several weeks.

Asked whether the app would be in place by the time schools go back on June 1, Mr Buckland said: "I'm hoping we will see the tracing system start to work by that time.

"I think it won't necessarily be as widespread and as full-blown as we would like, I think that would develop over the next several weeks, over the next month or so.

"This is still very much work in progress but we have been ambitious about it and rightly so and there's a sense of urgency about the need to get this system going.

"I think the signs are good but there's more work to be done clearly."

First Bus to reduce capacity of vehicles by more than 75%

Bus operator First Bus has announced that from Monday the capacity of its vehicles will be reduced by more than 75%.

Drivers will count passengers on and off, and will not allow anyone to board once the new capacity has been reached.

Schools in England 'may not take a uniform approach' to returning

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has told BBC Breakfast that schools in England may not take a "uniform" approach to returning on June 1.

He said: "I don't think any of us want to put either children or our dedicated teaching staff in any danger at all, and the question of being safe is clearly paramount.

"We’re all working towards June 1 and planning for that return, but I accept the point that there may well be issues from employers that need to be addressed which might not mean we'll see a uniform approach."

“I'm not going to sit here and pretend that suddenly on June 1 everything will be uniform, I don't know, it's my hope.”

Buckland later told Sky News it was a "mixed picture" on whether schools would reopen to certain year groups by June 1.

"We always said that June 1 was conditional, not just on the R rate but on the need to make places of work safe.

"I think bit by bit we're seeing a position emerging that, where it is safe and if people feel safe to be able to work in those environments, then that can happen from June.

"But I said the picture is a mixed one at the moment."

No face-to-face lectures at University of Cambridge until summer 2021

The University of Cambridge has announced there will be no face-to-face lectures over the next academic year due to coronavirus, 

The university said lectures will be available online, and smaller teaching groups may be hosted in person if they meet social distancing requirements.

Earlier this week, the university watchdog said students applying for university places in England must be told with "absolute clarity" how courses will be taught - before they make choices for the autumn.

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