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Schools Minister Nick Gibb has confirmed the Government’s position that all children will return to school in September. He told Sky News: “We’re very clear that all children will be returning to school in September, including in areas of local lockdown such as Greater Manchester.

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“It is hugely important for children’s education, for their wellbeing, that they do return to school and schools are working enormously hard in preparation for September to make sure that the risk of transmitting the virus within the school environment is kept to an absolute minimum.

“We have issued very detailed guidance to schools about hygiene, about keeping children in these bubbles – class-sized bubbles in primary schools, year-group bubbles in secondary schools – making sure children aren’t unnecessarily mixing with other children in the school, staggered lunch breaks, staggered play times, doing everything that we can to minimise contact – one-way systems through schools and so on – so that children are safe in school.”

He added:  “Our priority is to make sure that children are back in school with their friends.”

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Nick Gibb stated that schools within areas under local lockdown would open in September (Image: SKY NEWS)

The level of COVID19 coronavirus across different regions in the UK (Image: EXPRESS)

Earlier today the Shadow Health Secretary said Labour would accept “tough decisions” to make sure children can get back to school in England in September should the number of coronavirus cases increase as a result.

Jon Ashworth told the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think what we really need to see now is the testing and tracing regime radically improved. 

“We think that getting children back into school has to be an absolute national priority, they have to be back into school safely and we need to use these next four weeks of August to get really on top of these infections, to drive them down by improving testing and tracing.”

He added that face coverings for older children in schools “should be considered”.

The UK was originally placed in lockdown in March to protect the NHS from being overwhelmed from the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

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In a bid to stimulate the economy the Government has slowly eased restrictions across Britain, however, in recent weeks there has been a surge in local outbreaks of COVID-19, and the most severe outbreak in Leicester has resulted in the city being placed in a local lockdown for over a month.

At the time of writing, Britain has the twelfth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world. 

The UK has recorded more than 306,000 coronavirus cases at the time of writing.

The death toll in Britain is currently over 46,000.

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The areas in the UK where coronavirus transmission is increasing (Image: EXPRESS)

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Worldwide there have been more than 18.7 million COVID-19 cases.

The death toll has reached more than 700,000.

More than 11.9 million people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.

The US has the most COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 4.9 million.

Source Daily Express :: UK Feed

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