By Sarah Keane • 24 October 2020 • 16:59
SCHOOLS may have to close to older pupils if current measures fail to stem the rise of coronavirus infections, scientist warns.
Professor Neil Ferguson, whose modelling led to the original lockdown in March, fears that schools for older students may have to close unless the spread of the disease is stemmed.
“It is a worrying situation,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. “We are in a critical time right now. The health system will not be able to cope with this rate of growth for much longer.”
His concerns come as talks continue between the government and local leaders in Nottinghamshire and Cheshire about their move to Tier 3, while South Yorkshire has become the latest region to enter the highest restriction level.
Prof Ferguson said the restrictions on households mixing should have a “significant effect”, but added it may not be enough and further action may be needed.
“If we go beyond that there is a limit to what we can do in terms of reducing contacts, short of starting to target, for instance, the older years in schools and sixth form colleges where we know older teenagers are able to transmit as adults.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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