English Children Return to School After Lockdown Relaxation

Millions of English students were able to return to school on Monday after a month-long lockdown.


The British government is gradually phasing out the strict corona measures, and the reopening of the schools is seen as the first big step.

Most primary school students were allowed to return to their classroom on Monday. Some older students still have to be patient. Secondary schools are opening step by step. There, students are also tested for the coronavirus.

Authorities sent nearly 57 million rapid tests to schools. Families with children also get access to two free rapid tests per week.

The authorities are still looking at how they can help students with learning disadvantages they incurred during the lockdown. It seems at longer school days and shorter holidays, Education Minister Gavin Williamson told Sky News.

The British government wants to relax even more corona measures after the reopening of the schools. Prime Minister Boris Johnson came up with a step-by-step plan last month. Non-essential shops, hairdressers and gyms may reopen in England on April 12.

The United Kingdom is seen in Europe as a frontrunner in the field of vaccination. More than 20 million of the approximately 66 million Britons have had at least one shot from a corona vaccine.

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