The Front Page: Covid affecting children’s mental health; Cases go down in London; Bond film delayed
The Evening Standard is launching a campaign to address the rising crisis in mental health among young people in the wake of the pandemic.
YoungLondonSOS follows our special investigation which revealed half a million children and teenagers who had no mental health problems before Covid-19 now needing support in 2021
We’ve teamed up with the Place2Be charity, which provides mental health services to schools – the aim is to double the number they’re working with from 150 to 300 by 2025.
For more information, and to support our campaign, go to standard.co.uk/YoungLondonSOS
Covid-19 is on the retreat in London with official figures showing nearly 29,000 fewer confirmed cases a week while hospital admissions of patients with the virus appear to have also peaked.
But, the number of Covid patients in the city’s hospitals still remains very high, as does the level of the disease in many areas.
Seventeen boroughs saw falls of at least a third in confirmed cases in the week to January 16, with the biggest drop in Bexley of 43.7 per cent.
Meanwhile, Sadiq Khan’s calling for tougher rules on wearing face coverings outside after revealing that more than 12,000 Londoners have died with covid.
The Mayor says there’s a need for face coverings where people are “cheek by jowl” in outdoor locations.
He’s also concerned at the number of Londoners in public places because the lockdown rules were not tight enough.
The Government’s official figure for Londoners dying within 28 days of a positive covid test last night stood at 11,882.
Headteachers are accusing the Government of “cobbling together” GCSE and A-level exam alternatives, saying they’ve been calling for a Plan B for months.
The Department for Education and exam regulator Ofqual launched a two-week consultation last Friday after it was announced that this summer’s exams were cancelled.
The U-turn came despite Education Secretary Gavin Williamson still insisting in December that summer 2021’s exams would “absolutely” go ahead.
The Association of School and College leaders says there’s “immense frustration” that the government’s not stress-tested a plan B to go in case exams have to be cancelled.
The next James Bond film been delayed yet again.
Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 had been set to be released in April this year following multiple delays due to the pandemic, but is now scheduled to hit cinemas on October 8th.
It joins a slew of films that have been pushed back by Hollywood studios to protect their films from certain box office doom.
Earlier this month, Warner Bros announced it was delaying the release of Sopranos prequel The Many Saints Of Newark.
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