In Australia, education experts are warning that schools will need to be specially equipped to help students stranded overseas to catch up on missed classes when they return, as trapped Australian children contemplate repeating a grade.
The alarm has been echoed by federal opposition’s education spokeswoman, Tanya Plibersek, with the Australian Education Union also warning that schools in general are under-resourced to support Covid-19-affected student learning.
On Wednesday, updated government statistics showed 23,000 Australians overseas wanted to return home but cannot, as the foreign minister, Marise Payne, acknowledged Australia’s strict international arrival caps “are making it harder” for them to do so.
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The number of Australians who registered their intention with the government has increased by 5,000 over a fortnight:
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The number of empty shops on UK high streets has risen to its highest level in six years as city centres, and especially London, suffer from a dive in visitor numbers.
Nearly 11% of shops remained vacant in July compared with 9.8% in January, with the number of empty premises rising in six out of 10 UK regions, according to retail analysis firm Springboard. Greater London suffered by far the worst blow, with empty shops increasing by nearly two-thirds.
The rise in shut-up shops comes as the number of visitors to large city centres continues to drop.High streets, including city centres, saw nearly 40% fewer visitors in August compared with the same month last year, according to Springboard: