Boris Johnson has said the UK has a "moral duty" to get children back to the classroom in September amid widespread calls for him to boost coronavirus testing and tracing to help with the safe reopening of schools.
On a visit to a school in east London on Monday, the Prime Minister said it was the "right thing" for youngsters go back to lessons, adding that social distancing, bubbling and staggered start times would help to keep schools "Covid secure".
Teachers, scientists, opposition politicians and the children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield have all called for improvements to testing before pupils return, but Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said there is little evidence of the virus spreading in classrooms.
Meanwhile the travel industry is urging the government to reconsider its two week self-isolation policy for holidaymakers returning from countries such as Belgium and Spain as coronavirus cases continue to rise in these European countries.
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