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Exclusive: ALL 1700 pupils at Merseyside school told to self-isolate as mass testing reveals 40 asymptomatic positive pupils and confirms in-school transmission

Rainford High School in Merseyside asks parents to isolate children after mass outbreak

A Merseyside school has sent home all 1,700 pupils to self-isolate for 14 days after mass testing of everyone at the school revealed no fewer than 40 children infected with the virus who were showing no symptoms.

A letter has been sent to parents advising them of the result and the ensuing decision:

Government rules mean that all affected families will also need to self-isolate.

But the result of the testing also confirms that the disease is spreading among pupils and staff.

The rate of coronavirus infection in the community is believed to be in the hundreds of people per hundred thousand – but for 48 asymptomatic sufferers, not even counting those with symptoms who triggered the mass test in the first place, to test positive randomly as a result of infection in the wider community would statistically require a level of infection ten times or more higher: around 3,600 per 100,000.

Both Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer continue to agree that ‘school is safe‘. They are recklessly wrong and their collusion in the face of the exponential second wave of the pandemic is putting children and their vulnerable family members in danger.

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  1. OK, and sticking with the Science, RT-PCT tests are certainly not reliable, which is why its usual Standard Practice for a minimum three deep throat swabs to be taken, and should a Positive result be forthcoming, engage in more Path Lab Tests and clinical diagnostics, which is the system run by the Public Health Service in Hong Kong and many other rich nations in Asia Pac.

    Regardless of the above, we certainly have a large cluster at this one school, actually an alarming cluster.

    By comparison, here in Hong Kong the government tested 1.7 million over 18 days and found 30 persons infected with Covid 19, all were hospitalised for further tests, clinical diagnostics and anti-viral treatment – self isolation was not an option, particularly if the virus is being shed.

    Moral of the tale, nations that have taken this pandemic seriously and understand its capability to spread in the community rapidly have ensured Schools and Colleges remain shut until transmissions are very low, only then are schools open – of course, doing the obvious is not what the UK does and it was always lunacy to open education when the virus was still very active in the community.

    Still, we are all hypochondriacs in Asia, ignorant to boot, despite having first hand knowledge of the original SARS pathogen and MERS.

    I hope Starmer’s happy with this outcome, despite the fact it was never safe to open education.

  2. Children under 12 should be exempt from the “rule of six”, the Children’s Commissioner for England has said.

    Anne Longfield told ministers that children should not be counted in limits on gatherings of more than six people to let families spend time together.

    She also said under-12s should be allowed to play with their friends from different households – exempting them from bans on household mingling.

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