Higher risk of car accident than Covid in school and parents to be fined for preventing their children

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CHILDREN are at a greater risk of being in a car accident or having the flu than from Covid, the deputy chief medical officer has warned.

Dr Jenny Harries said she could ‘fully understand’ why parents are nervous about sending their children back to school – but the long-term damage of keeping them out of classrooms is too great .

Meanwhile, school leaders can issue fines to parents who prevent their children from going to school in September – but this is a last resort – the schools minister said.

Nick Gibb stressed that all children should be back in classrooms next week to give them the best possible chance in life and to repair the damage caused by months of confinement.

Speaking on BBC Radio Four’s Today program, he said: “Fines for non-attendance have always been a last resort for principals and schools. What matters is that young people go to school.

It comes as the UK death toll rose to 41,429 today, with one more death in England reported.

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