You’ve got to say, if that’s happening in schools then you cannot open schools.Leading virologist Christian Drosten, who led major study of coronavirus spread in schools
Labour’s education spokesperson Kate Green this morning told Sky News viewers that the party would not contest the Tories’ decision not to require the wearing of masks in school – in spite of unions’ insistence that the absence of masks puts school staff and pupils, together with their families, at risk. At least 148 school staff have been killed by COVID-19.
Green said that Labour would not ‘second-guess’ the Tories’ ‘scientific advice’, even though it has been proven wrong regularly and has changed constantly – and in spite of well-known studies that show children are just as likely to transmit the virus as adults and that outbreaks can spread like wildfire in schools, with staggering rates of infection among staff and children of as high as 60%:
Drosten’s verdict was unequivocal: “If that’s happening in schools, then you cannot open schools.” Yet not only are schools open and set to re-open fully in September, both the Tories and Keir Starmer’s front bench are siding against the unions’ calls for masks to be worn.
Yet again, Keir Starmer is refusing to oppose the Tories even when it puts the lives of children and working people at risk.
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