Too hard to set school reopening date yet, says English medical official

Susan Hopkins, Healthcare Epidemiologist Consultant, holds a news conference at 10 Downing Street, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) – It is too hard to set a date yet for when schools can reopen after shutting to most students earlier this month as part of lockdown measures, a senior medical official in England said on Monday.

“We’ve always said schools should be the last to close and first to open but I think giving a more defined date than that is very difficult until we see what happens over the next few weeks,” said Susan Hopkins, senior medical adviser at Public Health England.

Reporting by William James; writing by Costas Pitas; editing by Michael Holden

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