The government’s scientific advisors have warned that people will need to avoid unnecessary social contact for the best part of a year, alternating between strict and less strict measures to help intensive care units cope.
It’s affecting everywhere in society, including schools across the UK that have closed their doors this afternoon, with no clear idea of when they’ll reopen. They’ll be shut to all but vulnerable pupils, and the children of key workers.
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