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ENGLISH SCHOOLS COULD RETURN 8 MARCH 'AT THE EARLIEST' - PM

27.01.2021
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Schools in England will not be able to reopen to all pupils after the February half-term, but could do so from 8 March, the prime minister has said.

Boris Johnson said this was the earliest schools could reopen and "depends on lots of things going right".

The BBC has been told the aim is for all schools and year groups in England to return at the same time.

Their return would mark the first stage in lifting the lockdown, the PM said.

He told a Downing Street news conference: "The date of 8 March is the earliest that we think it is sensible to set for schools to go back and obviously we hope that all schools will go back."

"I'm hopeful, but that's the earliest that we can do it and it depends on lots of things going right, and... it also depends on us all now continuing to work together to drive down the incidence of the disease through the basic methods we've used throughout this pandemic," he added.

There was not enough data yet to decide when to end the lockdown, he said, but intended to set out a plan for how it could be eased - and the criteria involved - in the final week of February

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg described the 8 March date as "very much a hope and certainly not a guarantee".

Meanwhile, a further 1,725 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test, according to the latest government figures. The UK's official coronavirus death toll surpassed 100,000 on Tuesday.