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MetiNews.Com - The mayor said 'more and more' schools are reporting problems with testing and are having to send pupils home
Breaking News ! Andy Burnham said it is safe to keep schools open in Greater Manchester 'at this point in time' - despite problems with coronavirus testing. It comes as the Manchester Evening News reported yesterday how 110 schools across the region now have confirmed Covid cases. Thousands of pupils with positive cases in their 'bubbles' have been sent home and told to self-isolate since schools reopened. And many teachers and pupils are saying they are struggling to access tests which is causing more disruption. The Greater Manchester Mayor said that it is still 'safe and sustainable' to keep schools open across the region (Image: Manchester Evening News) But the Greater Manchester Mayor said that despite 'short-term' problems with the testing system, it is still 'safe and sustainable' to keep schools open across the region. Mr Burnham said 'at this point in time' it was safe, but that if the same question was put to him in a week and the testing situation hadn't improved, he 'may give a different answer'. Responding to a question at his weekly coronavirus press conference about whether schools should remain open in Greater Manchester given the current state of the testing system, he said: "I think it's important not to overreact in the situation that we're in. Read More Related Articles Where are all the coronavirus testing sites in Greater Manchester? Read More Related Articles Two year groups from Wigan high school self-isolating after Covid cases "It's been a really difficult week when it comes to testing and even before this week we were seeing people sent to far-flung places for tests so there clearly is a major short term problem. "There has been a steady and significant number of tests carried out in Greater Manchester and it's not the case that there have been no tests this week, there have been tests - probably at a reduced capacity but it's also due to the extra demand that's caused the situation we're in at the moment." The mayor said 'more and more schools' are reporting problems with testing (Image: PA) The mayor added: "Yes, it's still safe and yes it's still sustainable to keep schools open. "But, if you were to ask me that question next week or the week after with no solution to the testing situation then I may well give you a different answer. "But at this point in time, it's got to be right to keep schools open. It is safe and sustainable to do so. "But there are more and more schools reporting those problems and obviously closing classes or sending classes home. "So, it's one to keep under review." Read More Related Articles M.
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Mr Burnham confirmed that the number of schools with confirmed Covid-19 cases across the region currently stands at 'around 110'. "It clearly is disrupting the return to schools", he added. "But nevertheless it was never going to be plain sailing I don't think. "The issue to put the Prime Minister is given that we knew that the return of schools would put pressure on the system, why wasn't more done?" Earlier today, a primary school in Glossop became the first to fully close due to a Covid outbreak since reopening earlier this month. The Duke of Norfolk CE Primary in Glossop has shut for a fortnight after two positive cases, including one among the catering team. Use the handy search tool here to find out where cases have been confirmed:
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