Key scientific evidence on opening schools revealed
The key evidence on the safety and impact of reopening schools was published today by the government's scientific advisory group, Sage.
It was the report many parents were waiting for but what does it tell us?
Here are the main points:
> Risk of coronavirus to pupils going back to the classroom is "very, very small, but it is not zero" says government scientific advisory group (Sage)
> Sage "cannot be clear" on the extent schools could be reopened without leading to cases taking off in the UK again.
> Advice stressed the next steps by politicians must be logical to keep parents on board. "Failure to do so will influence the number of parents who are willing to send their children to school," the report said.
> Report says it's clear-cut that children are far less likely to be severely ill, there is contradictory evidence on how likely they are to be infected or to spread the virus.