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Coronavirus: Scientists question school closures impact

The University College London team says keeping pupils off has little impact, even with other lockdown measures.

But a scientist whose work has informed the UK strategy insists school closures play an important role.

The government has said it will review its coronavirus policies after Easter.

Prof Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London, worked on the scientific modelling that the current government advice is based on. He says the Lancet research fails to take into account the impact that school closure can have alongside other lockdown measures.

“When combined with intense social distancing it plays an important role in severing remaining contacts between households and thus ensuring transmission declines,” he said.

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