Government health advisers say primary schools can reopen after half-term if coronavirus cases continue to fall, it has been reported.
Public Health England (PHE) said there is a “strong case” for schools to reopen in the middle of February, according to The Times.
The government is under increasing pressure to set out a timetable for schools to reopen.
Nationwide restrictions are set to be reviewed on 15 February, when the week-long half-term break begins.
The Times reported PHE found that outbreaks were recorded in 3% of primary schools during the autumn terms, with most cases among teachers rather than pupils.
“Everything we have learnt from the summer half-term and the recent autumn term indicates that they are safe to remain open,” said PHE chief schools investigator Shamez Ladhani.
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