SCHOOLS may have to close during the second coronavirus lockdown because ministers ignored advice to shut the country down earlier, a government adviser has said. Sir Jeremy Farrar said schools should close if infection rates continue to soar – despite Boris Johnson saying they will stay open during the latest country-wide shut down. But No10 stressed school was the best place for kids to be, and they would not shut again, Sir Jeremy – a member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) – also hinted that the Covid lockdown could be extended beyond December 2, saying Brits should not be “fixed on” that date. He told The Andrew Marr Show yesterday: “Because we have delayed the onset of this lockdown, it does make keeping schools [open] harder. “If the transmission in secondary schools continues to rise that may have to be revisited in the next four weeks.” Sir Jeremy claimed schools could have been kept open safely if a “circuit-breaker” lockdown had been introduced six weeks ago. He said: “It would have been possible certainly to have kept schools open whereas I think that is a question now. “It’s without doubt true of every epidemic, and particularly… Read full this story
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