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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Students in the U.K. will return to in-person learning on Monday after being closed for two months.

Why it matters: The British government is reopening schools as the first step to lift all COVID-19 restrictions by June, the AP reports. Students will be tested for the virus frequently, with high schools and colleges to reopen in phases, allowing students to be tested several times before returning to regular classes.

Our thought bubble: Via Axios' Bryan Walsh, the U.K. has led the way in implementing rapid, at-home coronavirus testing. Its schools reopening plan will provide a chance to test the effectiveness of regular testing surveillance on a mass scale.

Driving the news: Nearly 57 million rapid “lateral flow” test kits have been distributed to schools, but there is some concern about false positive tests.

  • “We are being cautious in our approach so that we do not undo the progress we have made so far,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a statement.
  • “[T]he risk of false positives is extremely low, less than 1 in 1,000,” said Susan Hopkins, the COVID-19 strategic response director for Public Health England in an interview with the BBC.

Officials are considering extending school days or adding more days to the term as a way to help students catch up with their education after months of online learning.

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"I was horrified": Leaders respond to footage of Black and Latino Army officer threatened at traffic stop

An Army officer is suing two Virginia police officers after he said they drew their guns and pepper-sprayed him during a traffic stop in December, WTKR reports.

Why it matters: Footage of the incident has drawn widespread criticism from leaders and groups in the state. Caron Nazario, who is Black and Latino, is heard saying “I’m honestly afraid to get out," to which a police officer responds “Yeah, you should be," in a video from a body-worn camera.

Chauvin trial leaves cities, activists across America on edge

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The impact of the Derek Chauvin trial is reverberating far beyond the walls of the downtown Minneapolis courtroom.

The state of play: With the trial set to enter its third week, activists across America are watching the proceedings unfold with heavy skepticism that what they perceive as justice will be served.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
3 hours ago - Economy & Business

The dispiriting housing boom

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

It's a discouraging scene: Bidding wars, soaring prices, and fears that homeownership is becoming out of reach for millions of Americans. We're in a housing frenzy, driven by a massive shortage of inventory — and no one seems to be happy about it.

Why it matters: Not all bubbles burst. Real estate, in particular, tends to rise in value much more easily than it falls. Besides, says National Association of Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun, this "is not a bubble. It is simply lack of supply."