chools within the London Borough of Greenwich will shut from tomorrow after an “exponential progress” in coronavirus circumstances.
The South East London borough has round 200 circumstances per 100,000 folks – above the nationwide common.
Within the first week of December, circumstances shot up from 144.5 to 189.3 per 100,000.
Council chief Cllr Danny Thorpe stated in an announcement that Public Well being England had suggested the council to close colleges because the state of affairs in relation to Covid was “escalating extraordinarily shortly.”
He wrote: “I’ve at the moment been briefed by colleagues from Public Well being England that the pandemic in Greenwich is now exhibiting indicators that we’re in a interval of exponential progress that calls for instant motion.
“We now have the best charges of an infection in Greenwich than at any time since March, and for these causes I’ve subsequently requested all colleges in Greenwich to shut their premises from Monday night and transfer to on-line studying at some stage in the time period, aside from key employee kids and people with particular wants (precisely the identical as within the first lockdown).”
The previous trainer stated that this was not the time to increase Christmas celebrations and he was solely taking this motion to scale back transmission of the lethal virus that claimed 144 extra lives at the moment.
“I wouldn’t be asking for this until the danger was excessive, however with numbers rising so quickly it’s clear motion is required,” he stated.