Eine kleine Covidmusik, anyone? The Germans are combining pop music and disease control by inviting crowds to watch an indoor concert by singer Tim Bendzko (me neither) – kitting out fans with high-tech transmitters and monitoring their rates of contact. Such bold and sophisticated experiments are beyond Boris Johnson’s government at the moment. The PM and Gavin Williamson don’t have the benefit of high-tech transmitters as they prepare to reopen schools. But the education secretary is desperately trying to harmonise parents, teachers and the unions so they’re singing from the same hymn sheet on getting children back in class.
Inside the bubble
Our Whitehall editor Kate Devlin on what to look out for today:
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