The UK is set to end isolation of schoolchildren who have come in contact with Covid cases, as Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said he will seek ‘new advice’ on restrictions.
Every day, nearly 250,000 British schoolchildren are absent from school for fear of being positive for Covid because they have come into contact with a person confirmed to be infected with the virus.
It should end, according to British media.
Writing for The Telegraph, David Blunkett, the former Labor secretary for education, said that if thousands of Fifa fans and foreign officials could attend football matches at Wembley, the children should return to the school.
“You don’t have to be overly optimistic to understand that just because a student in a particular group has tested positive, you don’t need to send everyone home. Continuing to test, as we are currently doing for senior Fifa officers, can ensure that anyone who shows signs of having Covid-19 can be isolated quickly and easily, ”he wrote.
“To put it bluntly, we didn’t expect everyone who attended the England-Germany game at Wembley on Tuesday to isolate themselves as one or two people could test positive,” he added.
Speaking in parliament on June 28 for the first time as Health Secretary, Sajid Javid said he hoped to remove the requirement for child isolation as soon as possible because it is “something that no of us do not want to see ”.
“The impact this has on their education, their mental health and many other harmful ways. And that’s exactly why I asked for new advice on this. I want to see if there is anything more we can do, additional flexibilities, ”he added.
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