UK’s Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announces the end of isolation bubbles in schools

From next term in England, no restrictions would be imposed on in-person teachings at universities.

Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary in the government of United Kingdom has announced the end of isolation bubbles in schools.

Since the government had been planning to sweep away the current system for containing coronavirus outbreaks within schools, colleges as well as nurseries, more than 640,000 children did not attend school due to COVID-19 last week.

As stated by Williamson to the parliament, from July 19 grouping pupils into protective bubbles within schools, colleges and nurses in England would cease to exist along with other preventive measures and requirements for self-isolation for contracts to end in the month of August.

On July 5, Health Secretary Sajid Javid had confirmed that school bubbles were set to end. Prime Minister Boris Johnson also supported the scrapping of school bubbles as it would “greatly reduce the impact” on schools of CoVID-19 outbreaks. He continued, “Obviously, the way forward is with testing rather than by sending the bubbles home.”

Twice-weekly lateral flow tests of pupils at the beginning of the new school year is still necessary for secondary schools. However, the Education Secretary assured that the practice would be reviewed before September ends.

Furthermore, headteachers are no longer required to conduct contact tracings within schools with responsibility being given to NHS Test and Trace, which is government-funded service in the country built to help track and prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease.

From 16th August, individuals under the age of 18 years will no longer need to self isolate if they have been traced by NHS Test and Trace.

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