The UK is to shut schools - but they will still need to look after children of key workers

  • 10 months   ago

Schools in the UK are to shut from Friday until further notice as a response to the coronavirus pandemic, the prime minister has said.

Schools will close except for looking after the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children.

This academic year's exams will not go ahead in England and Wales; decisions are due in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It came as UK deaths reached 104 after a further 32 people died in England.

Confirmed cases in the UK rose to 2,626 on Wednesday, from 1,950 on Tuesday. There have been 56,221 tests carried out in the UK for Covid-19, of which 53,595 were confirmed negative.

The government says it plans to more than double the number of tests being carried out in England to 25,000 a day.