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Council clarifies school road closure notice

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

Central Bedfordshire Council has sought to clarify traffic arrangements outside schools for when they return next week.

School crossing

A notice put up in the village of Harlington, near Flitwick, suggests there will be road closures near school entrances for up to 18 months.

The authority says there are concerns about maintaining social distancing with increased traffic around schools but the statutory notices are purely a precautionary measure and it has no plans for closures or other changes at present.

The authority is also encouraging parents, whose children are eligible for home to school transport assistance, to drive their children to school by offering refunds for the mileage driven.

EasyJet plans thousands of job cuts

BBC Business News

Luton-based EasyJet is to cut 30% of its workforce as it struggles to cope with the collapse in demand for air travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

EasyJet plane

The airline did not say exactly how many jobs would go, but it employed 15,000 people at the start of 2020.

EasyJet, which has big operations at Gatwick and Luton airports, confirmed it would restart flights on 15 June.

However, it said that levels of market demand seen in 2019 were not likely to be reached again until 2023.

It added that in the coming days, it would launch an employee consultation process on the planned job cuts.

Coronavirus deaths increase in East

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, up to the end of Tuesday there was an increase of 39 deaths in the region's hospitals, taking the total number to 3,554. Monday's figures recorded 18 deaths, but the jump is likely to be a result of the reporting lag over the bank holiday.

·Basildon and Thurrock: 1

·Bedford Hospital: 3

·Cambridge University Hospitals: 1

·East and North Hertfordshire: 2

·East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester hospitals): 4

·James Paget, Gorleston: 1

·Luton and Dunstable Hospital: 7

·Mid Essex Hospital: 4

·Milton Keynes Hospital: 1

·Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals: 3

·Northampton General: 1

·Southend Hospital: 3

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn: 6

·West Hertfordshire Hospitals: 2

The total number of Covid-19 associated UK deaths now stands at 37,460.

Welcome to Thursday's coronavirus updates

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

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Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A1081 and J11 for A505 Dunstable Road Dunstable South.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed and it's very slow on M1 northbound between J10, A1081 (Luton Airport Spur Road) and J11, A505 (Dunstable South), because of a police investigation.

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