chools within the London borough of Greenwich will shut from tomorrow after an “exponential progress” in covid-19 circumstances.
The South East London borough has round 225 circumstances per 100,000 individuals – above the nationwide common.
Within the first week of December, circumstances shot up from 151.4 per 100,000 rising 48.6 per cent, in accordance with newest information.
Greenwich is barely the 14th highest borough in London for infections with Havering on the high with over double the circumstances of 470.8 per 100,000 individuals.
It’s unclear if extra boroughs will comply with Greenwich’s lead and shut extra faculties.
Council chief Cllr Danny Thorpe mentioned in a press release that Public Well being England had suggested the council to close faculties because the state of affairs in relation to Covid was “escalating extraordinarily shortly.”
He wrote: “I’ve right this 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 rapid motion.
“We now have the best charges of an infection in Greenwich than at any time since March, and for these causes I’ve due to this fact requested all faculties in Greenwich to shut their premises from Monday night and transfer to on-line studying during the time period, excluding key employee youngsters and people with particular wants (precisely the identical as within the first lockdown).”
The previous instructor mentioned that this was not the time to increase Christmas celebrations and he was solely taking this motion to cut back transmission of the lethal virus that claimed 144 extra lives right this moment.
“I wouldn’t be asking for this except the chance was excessive, however with numbers rising so quickly it’s clear motion is required,” he mentioned.
Some mother and father begged the chief of the council to rethink the closures as time period ends on Friday.
One dad or mum replied on Twitter: “I’m actually sorry however that’s a very unhealthy transfer. The faculties are closing on Friday anyway. Children shall be positioned with grandparents and different childcare preparations. Children are safer of their bubbles in school than in parks. Don’t do that!”
Covid-19 case charges are rising in two-thirds of all native areas in England, the newest information reveals.
A complete of 208 out of 315 native authority areas recorded a week-on-week enhance in charges within the seven days to December 9.
This contains each borough of London, 39 of the 45 native areas in Jap England, and 58 of the 67 native areas in south-east England.
In north-west England, the place charges had beforehand been falling throughout nearly the entire area, the newest figures present they’re up in round half of areas (19 out of a complete of 39).
All figures are primarily based on Public Well being England information revealed on Sunday afternoon.