WILLIAMSON URGES PUPILS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO KEEP TAKING REGULAR COVID TESTS

The Education Secretary has urged pupils and their families to continue taking regular coronavirus tests.

Gavin Williamson is encouraging secondary school children and parents to carry on testing at home, twice a week, to help “break chains of transmission”. It comes after academics called for the suspension of daily Covid-19 testing trials in schools amid a range of concerns.

In an open letter to secondary school and college parents in England, Mr Williamson said: “With the increase in cases with variants of concern, it is important to continue regular testing in order to detect cases of coronavirus, stay ahead of the virus and keep Covid out of the classroom.

“This means that regular asymptomatic testing for all will continue, and we need you and your children who are in secondary school or college to carry on testing at home, twice a week. As you know, testing has been playing a vital role in our response to the virus. It is helping to break chains of transmission by identifying asymptomatic positive cases quickly.

“This means those who test positive can self-isolate, keeping other pupils and students in face-to-face education. Reporting all test results, positive or negative, helps the health experts have a clearer picture of any potential outbreaks in different parts of the country.”

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