These Covid-19 outbreaks happened in schools in June. Still want your kid there in September?

Social distancing for infants: apparently the measures imposed in some schools simply didn’t work.

It’s perfectly safe to send your child back to school, Boris Johnson said – flying in the face of the facts.

Public Health England – because it hasn’t gone yet – has just published details of the number of people who caught Covid-19 after schools opened in June. And they’re not good!

First-off, there were 30 outbreaks. There should have been none.

These outbreaks resulted in a total of 198 confirmed Covid-19 cases – 70 in children and 128 among staff. Again, there should have been none.

And 121 cases were linked to the outbreaks – 30 in children and 91 in staff. Again, these people would not have been at risk if schools had not reopened – in a limited way, remember – in June.

Is that really everybody, though?

I wouldn’t like to say for sure, because the government’s test and trace efforts have been a travesty.

Still, we’re being told that children are at greater risk of long-term harm if they don’t attend school than from the virus.

I’m sure that will be a great comfort to parents and children who contract it during the autumn term.

Source: Dozens of coronavirus outbreaks linked to schools in England that reopened in June, PHE analysis finds

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  1. Tim O'Connell August 24, 2020 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Have they realised that the schools was not really open then so just think what might happen

    • Mike Sivier August 24, 2020 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      They were open but not FULLY open. If that’s your point, it’s a good one!

  2. Maria Adlam-Apps August 24, 2020 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    I’m not listening to Boris Johnson and his useless government about any of this. I am making my own mind up but we need to be realistic. The children have to go back to school sometime. There may never be a vaccine – it may not go away so we have to learn to live with it. How do you think Y11 students are going to do their exams next summer if they have more time off? They have already missed out on 4 full months of education. They may have been doing some work but it isn’t the same as being taught in a classroom with your peers and being able to ask questions of your teacher at the time – not later. I have a 16 yo who has really struggled with this – who has had to go through the whole results debacle – she wants to go back to school. My granddaughter has hated it and wants to return to school. I suspect most children want to return to school.

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