COVID-19: Boris Johnson insists schools are safe and children should attend tomorrow

Boris Johnson has said “there is no doubt in my mind that schools are safe” and advised parents to send their children in tomorrow despite rising COVID-19 cases.

As pressure mounted on the prime minister to keep all of England’s schools closed when the new term starts, the prime minister insisted education was a priority and parents in areas where schools are open should send children in.

“Schools are safe, the threat to young people, kids, is really very, very small,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr.

“The benefits of education are so huge, overwhelmingly we want to keep our young people in education.”

Most primary schools in England are scheduled to open on Monday, followed by a staggered start for secondary schools a week later, with GCSE and A-level pupils set to return first.

However, the National Education Union (NEU) has said all primary schools should remain closed for at least two weeks following the Christmas break.

But giving advice to parents, Mr Johnson said: “Look at where your area is, overwhelmingly you will be in an area where schools are open.”

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