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Sky News 1 Nov 2020

COVID-19 UK: Should schools be closed during lockdown?


Mayors of some of the areas hardest-hit by COVID-19 have called for schools and universities to close during the lockdown in England.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has joined one of the largest teaching unions in calling for educational institutions to close in November.

The government defended the decision, pledging to prioritise the quality of teaching received by children and young people.

The new variant of coronavirus could delay plans for schools to reopen next term.

Scientists are concerned that the mutant virus could spread faster between children, driving an increase in infection rates.

Sky's Laura Bundock finds out how parents feel about the prospect of homeschooling their children again.

European countries are closing their borders to travelers from the U.K. to try to head off the spread of a new variant of COVID-19 that appears to be even more infectious. Immunotherapy scientist Dr. Leo Nissola joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" anchor Tanya Rivero with more on how current vaccines will stack up against the new strain.
Exactly one year after the first case of COVID-19 was declared, the first vaccine against the virus will be administered.

People in vulnerable groups told Sky News that they are looking forward to "getting their lives back".

Staff at hospitals are receiving specific training in how to administer the vaccine in "hospital hubs".
The Health Secretary said he felt 'emotional' watching the first person in the world get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Matt Hancock encouraged vulnerable people to 'trust the clinicians' and do 'what's 'good for you' and 'good for the country' by getting the vaccine.

He also said people do not need to carry vaccine reminder cards and said no immunity certificate or passport would be required.

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