2 Jan 2021

Teaching union tells education secretary it is unsafe for schools in England to reopen as Covid cases rise

The head teachers’ union has begun legal action against the government in a bid to make ministers reveal why they think it’s safe for schools to re-open on Monday – amid the rapid rise in coronavirus cases.

All primary schools in London will now stay shut next week, as well as some in the south east of England – but pressure is mounting on the government to delay school reopening across England.

More hospitals are struggling to cope with high levels of infection – triggered by the new variant of the virus that’s spreading fast.

In the last 24 hours there have been a further 57,725 new cases across the UK.

Another 445 deaths have sadly been recorded. That means a total of 74,570.