First week of school return has seen closures accelerating quickly
The SKWAWKBOX reported on Friday that Scotland and Northern Ireland, which opened their schools earlier, had seen a rapid increase in the number of schools hit by the coronavirus – and that outbreaks English schools had more than doubled overnight from five to eleven.
But that acceleration in England has been dwarfed as new outbreaks have come to light this weekend. From eleven cases on Friday, there are now 31 schools hit by outbreaks, forcing the closure of the school or a large section of it and teachers and pupils into isolation. In total, at least 140 schools are affected, up from 81 as recently as Friday – and even early last week, before English schools opened and cases in all nations shot up further, more than 22,000 children were isolating in Scotland alone.
The government’s ‘SAGE’ scientists had already admitted that they knew the reopening of schools would drive up the ‘R rate’ of transmission in the UK, but the news of the school crisis comes as the UK-wide daily case tally jumped to double the rate of the preceding days – reaching its highest in 129 days, with just under 3,000 cases.
The SKWAWKBOX also revealed that public health experts have revised the risk to children upward and have been told by the government to plan for the ‘second wave’ of the virus to arrive by the beginning of October, driven by the schools return and the reopening of indoor hospitality venues – yet the Tories and the Starmer front bench are singing from the same songsheet that schools are safe and are pushing for further measures, with no plans to reimpose lockdown when the second wave hits.
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