School outbreaks in Scotland and Northern Ireland, who returned 3 weeks ago, has shot from 53 five days ago to 81 – and schools in England already hit after only two days
The number of schools in Northern Ireland and Scotland hit by coronavirus outbreaks has soared to 81, up from 53 just five days ago – an acceleration given that schools there returned around three weeks ago.
In England, which re-opened its schools on Tuesday, five schools are already affected.
The outbreaks have seen hundreds of confirmed infections and tens of thousands of pupils and teachers in isolation and means that vulnerable relatives are at risk as well as children. Pupil to pupil transmission has now been confirmed and similar situations in other countries have seen ministers and experts there predicting that all children in school will eventually have suffered the virus.
In spite of these facts, both Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer agreed yesterday during PMQs that ‘schools are safe‘. The fact that they did so from a mostly-empty Commons chamber, with MPs not returning in full until November at the earliest, made a nonsense of their claimed confidence. Starmer’s admission that he had secretly promised support for Johnson in sending children back to school as long ago as mid-May was context for the bizarre agreement.
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