All lessons to move online from Monday in Lombardy
The original epicentre of the Italian coronavirus outbreak has announced the closure of all secondary schools in the region because of rising numbers of coronavirus infections.
Lombardy, which includes northern Italian city Milan, will move all lessons online from Monday.
In England schools are the clear driver of the rampant second wave of the pandemic, with the fastest-growing levels of infection and school-aged children already representing more than a third of all new infections despite only making up 20% of the population.
Yet, even though the UK’s other nations have announced lockdowns, the Tories continue to refuse to close schools, squandering an opportunity to make the half-term holidays part of a ‘circuit break’ lockdown while pursuing a policy of closing hospitality sector even though that sector represents the source of only 4% of new infections.
England’s decision not to lock down is expected to lead to at least 1,000 deaths a week until April, while a lockdown would reduce deaths to near zero within a month.
Boris Johnson’s delay in announcing the first nationwide lockdown caused tens of thousands of needless deaths – yet Johnson has repeatedly refused even to express regret.
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