COVID-19, bulletin 38: schools to remain open though official stats show ‘steeply increasing’ rates of infection in secondary schools

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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.

Australian comment in March with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews in a section of Mark Knight’s cartoon about Covid-19 school closure confusion.

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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