The number of schools hit by coronavirus outbreaks has reached 501 – up from 347 just yesterday morning.
Reaching 347 after in a week since English schools opened was frighteningly fast, but an increase of 44% – and likely to beat 50% before the end of the day – in just a 24 hours demonstrates what SAGE scientists have already termed the exponential growth in the prevalence of the virus in the community.
Keeping schools open while the government tightens restrictions elsewhere is politically-driven madness that flies in the face of scientific knowledge.
They must be closed and not re-opened until Boris Johnson’s boast of millions of instant at-home tests per day is a reality. It could be a long wait.
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