Many are questioning the decision to keep classrooms and universities open while England’s pubs, bars, restaurants and non-essential retail will close for four weeks from Thursday – the second national lockdown.
Ceren Sagir reports that former chief scientific adviser Sir Mark Walport – a member of SAGE – warned today that keeping schools open could mean that infection rates stay higher for longer, compared with when nationwide restrictions were first introduced in March.
Sir Jeremy Farrar, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), agreed. He told The Andrew Marr Show that the transmission in secondary schools is “high” (Sky News).
On the 30th October the Office for National Statistics estimated that 1% of primary school pupils and…
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