The number of confirmed coronavirus outbreaks in schools is now at least 5,868, with many showing infection rates tens of, or even more than a hundred, times higher than in their surrounding communities, as a selection of typical ONS data shows:
The number of children among new sufferers has rocketed, with school-age children displaying the fastest-growing rate of infection and schools acting as the driver of the surging second wave.
The Tories continue to ignore the obvious and remain determined to avoid school closures, doing anything but shut down schools as they drive more and more of the country into ‘tier 3’ economic collapse rather implement the ‘circuit-breaker’ nationwide lockdown including schools that would be guaranteed to slow the second wave.
But the facts are inescapable – and the Tories have finally been shamed into at least reporting on the scale of their schools catastrophe by awareness raised by the excellent @ToryFibs and others, making their failure to take a lockdown step already taken by Northern Ireland, Wales and, partially, by Scotland all the more inexcusable.
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