Sunday Mirror

‘Shut schools & col­leges now to tackle 2nd wave’

- BY KEIR MUDIE Coronavirus (COVID-19) · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · National Education Union

PROTEST Young­ster makes view known

SCHOOLS and col­leges should close dur­ing the lock­down to help slow the spread of the virus, union lead­ers say.

Kevin Court­ney, joint Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Union, says schools are an “en­gine for virus trans­mis­sion” and should only be open to vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and those of key work­ers.

He said: “It would be self-de­feat­ing for the Government to im­pose a na­tional lock­down, whilst ig­nor­ing the role of schools as a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the spread of the virus.”

Mr Court­ney added that while clos­ing schools would “im­pose pain” on com­mu­ni­ties, a lock­down would not be ef­fec­tive if they were not in­cluded.

Statis­tics show one per cent of pri­mary pupils and two per cent of se­condary pupils have the virus and those fig­ures are in­creas­ing.

Last week, Prof Neil Fer­gu­son – who ini­tially mod­elled the epi­demic’s im­pact for the Government – said there was a limit on what could be done to tackle the virus with­out clos­ing schools to some year groups.

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