Sunday, 20 Sep 2020

Iain Dale grills Tory MP on ‘health risks’ involved in getting children back to school

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Damian Hinds told LBC there are many reasons to get children back into the routine of school. Mr Dale quizzed the Conservative MP regarding whether parents feel it is safe for their child to go back to school during this stage of the pandemic. 

Mr Hinds said: “There are health risks to not being in school.

“There are risks to children’s mental health, their physical health, not having a routine, not seeing their friends, not having those normal outlets that young people need.

“So there are many reasons, not just education, although that is top of the list, that we get back into that routine come the first week of September.”

Mr Dale replied: “

“There used to be a time when Conservative politicians put the wishes of parents first.

“In a pandemic, you can understand the views of some parents, they might not feel that it is safe for their child to go back to school.”

The Conservative MP said: “

“There is also a plan to deal with these flare-ups.”

The UK was placed in lockdown in March to protect the NHS from being overwhelmed from the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

At the time of writing, Britain has the fifth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world. 

The UK has more than 313,000 cases in total at the time of writing.

The death toll in Britain is currently over 43,000.

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Worldwide there have been more than 10.9 million COVID-19 cases.

The death toll has reached more than 520,000.

More than 6,100,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.

The United States has the highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 2,800,000 confirmed cases.

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