Williamson says plan to reopen schools based on 'best scientific advice'

The education secretary told the daily Downing Street press conference on coronavirus “children are at the heart of everything we do” and said many would stand to lose out if schools remained closed for longer. Deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries, who joined Williamson at the press conference, said children are much less likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19, compared with older generations.  There are currently no plans to begin the next school year earlier than September to allow children to catch up, the education secretary added.  “We are working with all teaching unions right across the sector to give everyone confidence about returning to school,” he said.