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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