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Coronavirus live news: Boris Johnson to hold crisis meeting as India joins countries banning flights from UK

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The Czech Republic and Canada have become the latest countries to suspend flights from the UK in response to new coronavirus strain.

The National Education Union, the UK’s largest teaching union, is calling for schools in England to close and teach remotely for the first two weeks of term in the new year.

The union has written to the prime minister Boris Johnson and the secretary of state for education calling for new measures to be put in place to ensure the safest possible return of schools and colleges on the 4th of January.

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