Boris Johnson warned in a solemn New Year’s interview that he was ready to impose stricter steps to contain the Covid-19 epidemic, including school closures.
“We have settled on doing what we need to do,” admitting that the country faced a tough start until 2021 as the virus continued to spread and the vaccines were gradually deployed, Johnson said.
The prime minister said the school was safe, but it might need to be closed to control the spread of the virus in parts of England that were in Tier 4. This is a designation that already affects 78% of the population.
“The question is whether we can control the virus and keep the school open,” Johnson said in an interview with Andrew Marr of the BBC. “We constantly review things.”
He said closing the school was “not necessarily what we wanted to do,” but “we are completely reconciled to doing what we need to do to get rid of the virus. , More stringent measures may be needed in the coming weeks. “
Mr Johnson said ministers are considering whether Tier 4 measures are strict enough to control the virus. The prime minister refused to use the phrase “tier 5”, but it is likely to be seen.
Tier 4 includes strict social restrictions, non-essential retail store closures, and telecommuting advice. The big difference between the Tier 4 and March 2019 blockades is that the minister tried to keep the school open.
But Johnson is already taking stricter action against the school. On New Year’s Day, on a policy U-turn, the government decided to close all elementary schools in London on January 4. Previously, we planned to close elementary schools in 10 districts where infection rates seemed to be low.
Therefore, elementary schools in London and other parts of southern England will remain closed until January 18. Secondary schools and universities are set up so that most students in the UK (except those studying for exams) remain closed until the same day.
However, the government faced a rebellion from teachers over the weekend. The National Institute for Educational Policy has advised elementary school members who have been set up to stay open to work from home because returning to work is “unsafe.”
Separately, two major head teacher unions have filed proceedings against the government, challenging the scientific basis of the decision and demanding distance learning for the first two weeks of their term.
Johnson’s aide claims that the government is sticking to its policy of conducting GCSE and A-level exams in the UK this summer, despite the turmoil in school education.
The prime minister said the use of mass testing in secondary school “makes a significant difference.” Most primary schools in the UK will return on Monday.
Boris Johnson warns of stricter Covid-19 restrictions on England
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