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BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One with a roster of presenters taking it in turns to host the morning show. Usually Louise Minchin and Dan Walker host from Monday to Wednesday while Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt take over presenting duties from Thursday to Saturday. But today, Charlie hosts without his co-star as Rachel Burden stepped in.
Charlie and Rachel did not acknowledge Naga’s absence as they opened the show this morning.
However, it may be that Naga has a day off after joining Dan earlier in the week to present.
Her colleague Louise was not on BBC Breakfast this week and Naga joined Dan on Tuesday and Wednesday.
She then presented the show alongside Charlie on Thursday and Friday.
Rachel shared the news she would be stepping for Naga on her Twitter page yesterday evening.
She told her 73,700 followers: “Early bed for early alarm tomorrow with Charlie on the sofa
“Talking about getting your kids back into the school routine, possible second wave scenario, lifting local lockdowns, the not-Bank Holiday weekend, and the rise of paddle-boarding. See you from 6.”
Many of her followers rushed to comment on how “hard-working” she is for stepping in to help out.
“You are such a hardworking journalist, I take my hat off to u Rachel! U rock girl! Make sure u have time for your family hugs and friends hugs,” one replied.
Another added: “Rachel where do you get the energy? You must defo be a morning person.”
A third shared: “I will be watching, thanks Rachel.”
“Charlie on the sofa! Lucky you,” someone else tweeted.
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Despite her absence, Rachel was on hand to find out the latest advice being given to parents whose children are returning to school next week.
On today’s show, Rachel spoke to Dr Sarah Jarvis on how children ca keep safe in schools.
She asked: “If a child represents with coronavirus symptoms or tests positive, are you clear about the school should respond there? Are we looking at whole year groups being sent home?”
“Well, interestingly enough I brought this exact subject up with the Deputy Chief Medical Officer on Thursday because I have been very concerned about it too,” Dr Sarah replied.
“What we need to bear in mind is, depending on what year you’re in, the bubbles are going to be different sizes.
“If you’ve got primary school children, it’s going to be relatively easy to teach them in one classroom, keep them in one bubble of possibly 30 people.”
Dr Sarah added: “If we test a child and they do turn out to be positive, then what Public Health England are saying is, get in touch, in a class, in a primary school class, it may be that they send the children home.
“In an older children’s group, if they are wearing face coverings in corridors and if they are not spending that much time in close contact to each other, they may not have to close down.”
BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.
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