UK stubbornly avoiding the obvious
Cities around the globe have begun re-closing schools in response to the coronavirus crisis, recognising the obvious – that transmission within and from schools is driving new waves of the pandemic, a fact admitted long ago by even the UK government’s SAGE scientists.
Among the places willing to respond to the undeniable are New York City, which is closing schools in the Brooklyn and Queens districts, and Moscow. Italy is expected to follow suit imminently, with 900 school outbreaks driving its second wave – high, but a fraction of the number in the UK.
The Tories are stubbornly avoiding the obvious and are determined to make re-closing schools the absolute last resort, in spite of the central role schools are known to be playing in driving the new spike. They are doing so with the full cooperation of the Starmer front bench – and have even been pressured by demands from the Labour leader.
Other countries and cities are acting to save the lives in their jurisdictions that will inevitably be lost by any delay. The English government is not.
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