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UK doctors and teachers say schools should not be reopened

Christian Fernsby |
Doctors have backed teachers' unions by saying coronavirus infection rates are too high for England's schools to reopen.

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Topics: SCHOOL    UK   

The British Medical Association said teachers and heads were "absolutely right" to urge caution and prioritise testing to avoid a second spike.

It comes after teachers' unions met the government's scientific and medical advisers to express concerns about the planned phased reopening from 1 June.

The NASUWT union said no school should reopen until it could show it was safe.

England is the only UK nation to set a date for schools to start to reopen.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has insisted schools would only open their doors more widely when the conditions were right to do so, with the earliest date being 1 June.

He said he had wanted to give head teachers and parents several weeks to plan for the event.

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