Coronavirus: Children should stay at school until there is a positive test in their bubble, PM says
Groups of pupils should only be sent home if there has been a positive test, rather than someone just developing symptoms, the prime minister has said.
Boris Johnson said it was important for teachers and parents to examine the Public Health England guidance about coronavirus testing.
Speaking to MPs on the Liaison Committee, he reiterated government policy when he said: "The reasons for sending such a class home, or a bubble home, would be if somebody tests positive."
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It comes as a teaching union leader warned that schools are struggling to cope with a lack of COVID-19 tests for pupils and staff as the situation is becoming "increasingly out of control".
Dr Patrick Roach, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, has called on the government to prioritise the education sector for the allocation of tests in light of widespread challenges.
And the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said it has received 264 responses from schools and colleges in recent days where leaders have said they have symptomatic staff and/or pupils who were struggling to access tests.
Mr Johnson admitted overall demand for tests in England has "massively accelerated" in the last two weeks and there is not enough capacity to meet it.
He said he was aiming for daily testing capacity to reach 500,000 by the end of October.
The PM insisted: "We have massively increased our testing capacity. I know that many people have had infuriating experiences, and I do sympathise ...
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