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Covid-19: Call for all schools to stay shut amid U-turn 'chaos' ๐Ÿ”ด @BBC News live - BBC

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The government has been accused of causing "chaos" after a last-minute decision to keep all London primary schools closed when term begins.

The U-turn comes as high coronavirus infection levels in the capital have put rising pressure on hospitals.

Ministers said closures were a "last resort" and education was a priority.

But Labour said the move had created "huge stress" for pupils, teachers and parents - while a union called for all schools to be shut nationwide.

The daily number of new Covid cases in the UK has topped 50,000 for the past four days, as the country struggles to control a new variant of the virus.

The president of the Royal College of Physicians, Prof Andrew Goddard, told the BBC the variant was spreading across the country, and added: "All hospitals that haven't had the big pressures that they've had in the South East, London and south Wales should expect that it's going to come their way."


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I donโ€™t see any U-turn. The policy is always changing like O-turn

Author โ€” Manchester Dr. Mike

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The government putting us all into lockdown but keeping the schools open is like eating soup with a fork ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ itโ€™s impossible

Author โ€” Makeup by Sophie

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Now thereโ€™s a thing you would be better of being a โ€œ TREE โ€œ?

Author โ€” Paul Marsh

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Guys its all good, Covid stops at the school gates.

Author โ€” GGCallum

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guys remember covid cant get u if ur wearing school uniform ๐Ÿ™„

Author โ€” xiiAsh

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What annoys me as a parent is waiting to see what i can and can't do with my own frikken child . don't we have any say anymore ? I would keep her off but then you threatened with fines . this country is one big joke run by a complete set of condescending ball bags .The way that Gavin Williamson talks down to everyone . annoying plank .

Author โ€” Rust Is NOT a Crime

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U-turn is a second nature for Tories :D dont be soo surprised

Author โ€” FunCreator

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just wait until that '2 weeks' turn into 5+ months

Author โ€” Petal Lunatic

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Iโ€™m buggered then as a teacher....๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ poor kids and hard for parents!! What a shame ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

Author โ€” HP P

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close them. Stop exams. Hopefully we will see a change.๐Ÿฅบ

Author โ€” Lilly Strong

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I kinda guessed it was going to happen to be honest. They blamed teens for the spread of COVID but we all have to go to school or college

Author โ€” BNTAGRL

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I learn better at home then at school - I know this is different for other people but for me I'd rather do home learning. Our school barely teaches us and to be brutally honest sometimes I don't feel safe there with all this COVID-19 situation as well. So I do hope they close the schools. I worry about my mum (Who is a teaching assistant) as she has had pneumonia twice and almost died. Its not always about the kids getting ill and spreading to their family, it is the teachers too we must think about.

In my mums school a teacher came in with a positive test for COVID-19 and only found out halfway through the day so they had to isolate and go home but that teacher had already spread it throughout the school. One of the teachers was hospitalised because of it and one teacher gave it to their vulnerable parents living at home who actually died from it. Its not a joke.

Author โ€” Jack Kay

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I donโ€™t get whyโ€™s schools are opening later but yet when we all go back all the cases are just going to rise

Author โ€” Nortz

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Where are all the real grownups ? It's worrying when at my age, we re the ones behind the seniors and expected to be those real grownups ...we can't even anything ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

Author โ€” Donna Harris

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If Tories had an ounce of decency, they would resign before it's obvious that the virus is out of control. They won't resign but take a lot of us to the grave. My sister who has been a nurse for 34 years was asked to transfer to the intensive care unit as there are so many in hospital that need nursing care in a major London centre of excellence

Author โ€” vijaya fernando

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Schools need to stay shut. End of story. They are gonna be killing children if they stay open.

Author โ€” N1.Official

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Parents should be given a choice, not forced. Will the govt take blame if a child dies like in America?

Author โ€” Kishore Ananthan

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How to not catch coronavirus
Wear your school uniform.

Author โ€” Mohammed-Abdul BASITH

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Why donโ€™t we shut and lock down everything and everyone, seal the windows and doors and have our food delivered and sleep with our masks on, maybe that will work

Author โ€” lez richards

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Why is it only london school, funny how mps only bothered about themselves what about the rest of tier 4. I dont want my kids getting the virus.

Author โ€” Exploring & paranormal adventures