The mushrooming of coronavirus outbreaks in schools continues to accelerate. Up to yesterday, 140 schools were known to have been hit by the virus, but this has risen to 158 overnight.
Most of the increase has been in England, with 46 schools affected – up from 31 yesterday, a growth of almost 50%. The number in Scotland is currently higher as Scottish schools opened weeks ago, but will soon be overtaken:
- England 46
- Scotland 84
- Northern Ireland 21
- Wales 7
England has already seen its first confirmed on-site school coronavirus cluster – in a school in Matt Hancock’s constituency.
Boris Johnson and Labour leader Keir Starmer agreed during PMQs last week that schools are safe and have been working together since May to push children back into schools. Those who have been warning them frequently that reality says different are being proven right. The impact is already being seen in a massive spike of infections and health chiefs are preparing for the second wave to hit early next month.
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