1 June ‘too soon’ to open schools, say top scientists

A group of leading scientists has warned that a 1 June reopening of schools would be too early for pupils to return to classrooms safely.

The ‘Independent Sage’ committee, chaired by former chief scientific adviser Sir David King, has carried out new modelling showing that the risk to children would be halved if ministers delayed their planned school opening date by two weeks.

The committee says the later reopening date would allow for more time for an effective “test, trace and isolate” programme to be established. 


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