England’s schools closed yesterday after directives from the government to protect from the coronavirus. Teachers were presented with last-minute gifts; in many cases, the only things parents could get hold of in stores with completely empty shelves
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Families have been advised to use on-line services to stay in touch, in particular Facetime, Whatsapp and Skype, to combat loneliness during the current coronavirus lockdown. A self-isolating, 83-year-old grandmother, who was advised by her grandson in 1999 to use the name of her pet to remember her email password, has just been forced to buy her 73rd cat, after registering for Skype.