The National Education Union (NEU) claimed that the circuit breaker – which would see most businesses shut down in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus – would help the government “take control of the system of testing, tracking and of traceability ‘and to get cases lowered.
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The calls for the mid-term breaker come after data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed there was an estimated average of 27,900 new cases per day between October 2 and 8.
According to figures released on Friday, the highest COVID-19 infection rates in England continue to be among young adults and students.
Mr Courtney added: ‘This should come as no surprise to the Prime Minister or the Department of Education – scientists have always told them that high school students transmit the virus as much as adults.
“We warned them that because we have one of the largest classrooms in Europe, we have overcrowded classrooms and hallways without effective social distancing.
“Our classrooms often have poor ventilation leading to overhead transmissions, and in many areas we also have overcrowded school transport where children mingle through the bubbles of grade groups.
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“The government does not have a credible plan to slow infections, it has lost control of the virus.
“It is no longer a question of following scientific advice, the SAGE minutes of September 21, published yesterday, underline it.
“They are clear and they warn that a package of strict interventions is now urgently needed. ”
Sir Keir reiterated the importance of the Government reacting quickly to developments.
He said: “SAGE has also clarified that failure to act now will result in a very large epidemic with catastrophic consequences.
“Among SAGE’s recommendations is a circuit breaker, a short period of national restrictions that SAGE says would lower the R-rate.
“It would bring the incident of the disease down to a lower level and SAGE’s advice is that it could roll back the outbreak by 28 days or more.
“They are very clear, the faster these interventions are put in place, the greater the reduction in COVID-19-related deaths and the faster they can be mitigated. “
The UK has the highest infection rate in Europe after surpassing 600,000 and deaths reaching 43,429.