Boris Johnson said: “We have been following the advice on how best for people to protect themselves but more importantly protecting others.
“We have and will continue to do the right things at the right time. We come today with the key issues around school closures.
“So far we’ve been told closing schools will do little to contain the virus. This is because children and young people are much less at risk. We were advised to keep schools open to help reduce the pressure on the NHS, however, it has been on constant review.
“We think we must apply further downward pressure and have made the decision to close schools.
“I can announce now that schools will shut their gates on Friday afternoon and will remain closed until further notice. The objective is to slow the spread of the virus and keep the NHS going.”
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