FIFTEEN schools were closed across Manchester after an outbreak of the coronavirus affected over 1000 students.
Covid-19 UK: Over 1000 school pupils forced to self-isolate: In elementary primary schools. children were forced to self isolate with the class of children they’re surrounded by.
However, in secondary high schools, whole years of over 200 children were placed under quarantine.
It comes as five boroughs in Greater Manchester were put on ‘red alert’. This comes after recording the highest number of daily coronavirus cases since the height of the pandemic in April.
The Co-op Academy, in Swinton, is one of the worst affected schools. Coming after positive virus cases were discovered in both Year Seven and Year Ten. The year groups were sent home on Monday morning.
Co-op Academy Swinton said. “What’s the rules if we just want to keep our children off for the foreseeable?
“This is just going to continue and they’re going to just keep getting sent home.”
“Day three and it’s happened. It’s going to be a weekly occurrence. I am not putting my child at risk, she has severe asthma. So I don’t want her going back.”
Professor Kate Ardern, Wigan Council’s director for public health, says that a rise in cases is ‘inevitable’ as children return to class.
Later, she said: “The return to schools will inevitably see a rise in cases across the country. However, it is important to note that all the relevant and necessary safety measures are in place and being followed strictly.
“We are supporting the school with advice and guidance at this time.
“The school remains open and it is not necessary for any other child to self-isolate. Or stay away from school or to be tested, unless they develop symptoms of Covid-19.”
A spokesperson for Trafford Council said. “Our Public Health Team is working closely with three Trafford primary schools. Where a small number of pupils have tested positive for Covid 19.”
Brothers and sisters of those who have been affected may still attend school the government said.
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