by Ian Shires on 25 June, 2020
The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to publish the scientific advice underpinning the decision to reopen schools following reports the move could increase the rate of Covid-19 infections.
Calculations for Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) show that if schools are fully reopened, a “surprisingly small” chain of infection could quickly carry the virus across the country.
Sources close to SAGE also told The Times that scientists are uncertain schools will be able to reopen to all pupils in September without closing down other parts of the economy again.
Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said:
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We all want to be able to have pupils back at school in order to give them the education they need, but not until it is made safe.
These reports are exactly why parents and teachers are so worried about being kept in the dark. The Government must urgently publish this evidence in full so we can properly scrutinise these decisions.
We also need to know what is being done to ensure any future outbreaks in schools are contained, including by putting in place a comprehensive test, trace and isolate strategy.