Reports abound of classes and year groups with confirmed infections told to keep on as if nothing had happened about
At least 1,118 UK schools* are known to have been hit by coronvirus outbreaks up to Thursday – an increase of well over 100 on the day before.
But the ‘at least’ is the key phrase. While soaring numbers of schools have declared outbreaks, staff in increasing numbers of schools report that they have confirmed infections in their class or year group – but have been told to ignore the infection and carry on regardless, while only the individual pupil or group of pupils with the virus is sent home to self-isolate.
At the same time, many schools are unable even to obtain testing after the collapse – and in many cases withholding – of the testing system and are therefore prevented from declaring an outbreak and are forced to remain open.
It’s likely that the number of schools with outbreaks is several times larger than even diligent scouring of records can uncover – just like the number of new coronavirus infections daily in the population.
*Compiled from school bulletins, local media reports and NHS updates by @toryfibs.
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