Keir Starmer: Government has 'serious questions' to answer
Sir Keir Starmer told the BBC this morning that nursery schools should be shut down amid growing fears that the coronavirus is spreading out of control. Speaking to Andrew Marr, the Labour leader said nursery schools should “probably close” but added that he wants to talk to scientists about it. He said that many British people are “surprised” that primary schools are closed while nursery school are exempt.
Sir Keir said: “I think there is a case to look at nursery schools.
“We are talking to the scientists about it, but quite a lot of people are surprised that primary schools are closed but nursery schools are not.”
When pressed by Andrew Marr, the Labour leader responded: “I think they probably should be closed but I do want to talk to the scientist about that.
“It’s harder to see what tougher measures can be put in place, that is why complying with the stay at home message is critical.
“We need to summon the spirit of last March when more people were staying at home.”
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On Saturday the number of people who have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid test passed 80,000.
England’s chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty has urged people to act like they have got the virus in a bid to tackle the rise in infections.
He said that the NHS could face its “most dangerous situation” in living memory.
Independent Sage member Anthony Costello, a professor of global health at UCL and a former WHO director, urged the Government to shut down nurseries immediately.
He told The Mirror: “We are in a national crisis with a pandemic out of control.
“We should have no nurseries open, no synagogues, no churches, no mosques. We should have compulsory masks, two-metre distancing.
“We have to take this really seriously – that’s what Asian states did.”
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