Education secretary announces coronavirus tests for schoolchildren

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Gavin Williamson addressed parents and teaching unions over English schools reopening

Education secretary Gavin Williamson announced schoolchildren and their families would be tested for coronavirus if they develop symptoms, as he struck a conciliatory tone on Saturday in a bid to reassure parents and appease unions.

With some children set to go back to school at on 1 June under proposals announced last week, relations between teaching unions and the government have become fraught in recent days. On Friday the British Medical Association threw its weight behind unions which oppose the government’s push to reopen schools in England, after the infection rate in the UK rose, potentially close to the point at which the virus starts spreading again.

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