England: Boris Johnson makes school opening a priority
Schools will also be reopening in Great Britain soon. Prime Minister Johnson believes this is particularly important and further closings are “morally unjustifiable,” he explains. However, researchers warn of a poor contact tracing system.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made the return of all students to school a “national priority” in September. “Keeping schools closed for just a moment longer than is absolutely necessary is socially unsustainable, economically unsustainable and morally unsustainable,” wrote Johnson in a guest post in the Mail on Sunday.
The summer holidays in England come to an end in early September. Then all grades should be start again. In Scotland, all pupils should have lessons again by mid-August. The media reported, citing an unnamed government source, that Johnson would rather close shops, pubs and restaurants than schools again in the event of a sharp rise in coronavirus infections.
UK contact tracing system was not yet ready for a nationwide return to school operations
Just last week; scientists from University College London warned that the UK contact tracing system was not yet ready for a nationwide return to school operations. According to this; for full-time school opening it must be possible to identify and isolate around three-quarters of symptomatic infections in order to be able to contain the spread effectively. In addition; a majority of the contact persons of infected people must be recorded.
The UK is the country most affected by the pandemic in Europe; with more than 46,500 deaths from those known to be infected with the coronavirus.
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