22nd October 2020 by James Brunt
1. SAGE Scientist: “Schools are more of a risk than we thought”
Professor John Edmonds from SAGE stated on BBC Radio 4’s PM that: “Evidence is emerging that secondary schools are more of a risk than we thought they were.”
2. DfE removes “School’s aren’t high risk” from guidance
The DfE previously stated in its guidance for schools that PHE and the DHSC did not consider schools to be high-risk work environments. The document went on to state it was “therefore appropriate for teachers and other school staff to return to their workplace setting.”
This detail has vanished in an update to the guidance on 21st October 2020.
3. PCR Positivity rates rising fastest in secondary and university age-groups
Data from the ONS showed a dramatic increase in the percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 in secondary and university age-groups. The growth rate in these age groups is almost 400% larger than that of the general population.
4. Welsh Government admit they have no idea how schools affect transmission in the community
In a Technical Advisory Cell document containing evidence under-pinning the decision to utilise a ‘Fire-Break’ lockdown in Wales, the Welsh Government have admitted they do not know how schools affect Covid-19 transmission within the community. We have yet to see a similar admission from Westminster.
5. New study claims schools are the source of increased transmission in the community
An American study released this week showed that school Covid-19 clusters can be expected to propagate through the community, with each cluster potentially instigating hundreds to thousands of additional cases.
6. Clinically Extremely Vulnerable children told to stay at home
In TIER 3 alert areas, clinically extremely vulnerable children are now advised not to attend school.
7. BRTUS and barrister Mark McDonald bringing legal actions
Criminal law barrister Mark McDonald is working with BRTUS to advise families who have been threatened with legal action for keeping their children at home. If you have received a fine notice, please message the BRTUS: Parents United Facebook page for details.
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