Teachers and scientists sound alarm over plans to reopen schools

Union calls on ministers to convince staff and parents that it is safe to start a new year in September as expert warns on spread of the virus

Government plans to reopen all schools in September were called into question by leading scientists and the head of a major teaching union last night amid signs that cases of Covid-19 are increasing again at an alarming rate.

Despite imposing new restrictions on people meeting indoors in parts of the north of England on Thursday – and postponing plans to allow bowling alleys, casinos, skating rinks and other venues to reopen a day later – ministers insist that reopening schools fully early next month remains a top priority.

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