In one COVID-19[feminine[feminine In a statement to the Commons, the prime minister said ministers “do not yet have enough data to know exactly how long it will be safe to reopen our society and our economy.”
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But he expressed hope the children could return home from Monday, March 8, provided the government meets its immunization target of providing a vaccine to everyone in the four main priority groups by mid-September. next month.
And Mr Johnson told MPs the government intends to present its plan to ease the lockdown in the week starting February 22.
Confirming that there would be no return to school for children after the February semester, the Prime Minister said: “The first sign of normalcy should be the return of students to their classes.
“I know parents and teachers need as much certainty as possible, including two weeks’ notice of return to face-to-face teaching.
“I must therefore inform the Chamber that for the reasons I have explained, it will not be possible to reopen the schools immediately after the February semester. ”
Mr Johnson said he knew “how frustrating it would be for students and teachers who want nothing more than to go back to class,” as well as for parents and caregivers who “have spent so many months in juggling their daily work “and home schooling the” myriad of other demands of their children “.
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The prime minister said children who are entitled to food packages or vouchers will continue to receive them until they return to school.
And he promised a “remedial program” and summer schools to help mitigate the impact of distance learning.
As the government has made getting students back to class a priority, Mr Johnson’s comments indicate lockdowns will remain in place at least until the second week of March.
The prime minister said the country remained in a “perilous situation” with COVID-19[feminine[feminine, but things should be clearer by the middle of next month.
“By then, we will know a lot more about the effect of vaccines on preventing hospitalizations and deaths,” he explained.
The Prime Minister said the time had come to “keep our cool in ending the battle against the virus”.
“Our goal now must be to buy the extra weeks we need to vaccinate the most vulnerable and bring this virus under control so that together we can defeat this most miserable disease, take back our lives once and for all,” said M Johnson to MPs.
The prime minister added that the government would take a “gradual and gradual approach” to facilitate the lockdown.
The easing measures, Mr Johnson stressed, would depend “on the continued success of our vaccination program, the capacity of the NHS and the number of deaths falling at the rate we would expect as more people are vaccinated”.
The Prime Minister also used his statement in the Commons to announce that British nationals and residents returning from “red list” countries will be quarantined in government-provided accommodation – such as hotels – for 10 days.
Schools in England were closed for all students except the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable during the country’s third lockdown.
A return in February was suggested by the prime minister as a possibility when he announced the shutdown, but ministers in recent weeks had refused to give a firm date.
In an interview with Sky News last week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock declined to guarantee they would reopen before Easter.
Union leader Sir Keir Starmer called on teachers and support staff, as well as other key workers, to prioritize for a vaccine against the coronavirus during the February semester, once those in the four main priority groups have been vaccinated.
The party says the movement should be part of a “national effort” to bring students back into the classroom.
Responding to the Prime Minister’s statement, Sir Keir took issue with Mr Johnson challenging him to questions from the Prime Minister to declare schools safe.
He said: “Even for this Prime Minister, it is really something to open schools one day, to close them the next day, to call them vectors of transmission and to challenge myself to say that the schools that ‘he closed are safe.
“Only now to make a statement where he says schools can’t open until March 8 at the earliest because it’s not safe to do so. ”
Referring to the fact that the UK has now passed 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths, the Labor leader added: ‘This is his analysis, this is the kind of nonsense that has led us to the highest death toll in Europe and the worst recession. ”
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said the government “must wake up to the enormous stress that working parents are under”.
“Ministers urgently need to give all parents the right to temporary leave, plus at least 10 days of paid parental leave each year,” she said.
“It is simply not sustainable to expect mothers and fathers to work normally, while looking after their children and supervising schoolwork. ”