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England’s deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries has suggested that a regional approach may be taken when deciding how schools in England reopen.
When asked by the education select committee whether there could be a regional or phased system for reopening schools after the latest lockdown, Harries said: “I think it’s likely that we will have some sort of regional separation of interventions.”
She added: “So I think on the broad epidemiology it is highly likely that when we come out of this national lockdown we will not have consistent patterns of infection in our communities across the country.
“And therefore, as we had prior to the national lockdown, it may well be possible that we need to have some differential application.”
But Harries said schools would be top priority to ensure that the balance of education and wellbeing was “right at the forefront” of consideration.
Addressing the committee on the risk of transmission in schools, Harries said: “Schoolchildren definitely can transmit infection in schools – they can transmit it in any environment – but it is not a significant driver as yet, as far as we can see, of large-scale community infections.”
Source: The Guardian
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