Rise in schools hit by virus continues to be so fast that numbers are obsolete before they can be published
The number of schools hit by coronavirus outbreaks has passed 418 – up from 347 last night – and continues to rise so quickly that every number published is out of date before a update can be published.
The latest national numbers, compiled by analyst @ToryFibs from local news bulletins, NHS updates and school websites, are as follows:
• 223 England
• 103 Scotland
• 64 Northern Ireland
• 28 Wales
‘SAGE’ group scientist Prof John Edmunds told the BBC this morning that the spread of the virus was again becoming exponential – a view backed by Paul Hunter, Professor of Medicine at the University of East Anglia.
In spite of this accelerating rise, the Tories have exempted schools from the new restrictions to be imposed in England from next Monday – with no explanation of the decision to wait five full days before implementing the new measures – along with workplaces and sporting fixtures.
People will not be permitted to meet with more friends or family, but will be expected to mingle with strangers, colleagues and fellow students – including in pubs and restaurants, even though Health Secretary Matt Hancock has explicitly admitted hospitality venues are key drivers of the spread of the virus.
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