Boris Johnson hints at u-turn on mandatory use of masks in schools

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Boris Johnson has hinted at a U-turn on the need to wear mask by pupils in English schools, saying: “If we need to change the advice then of course we will.”

The comment came as the prime minister came under growing pressure to mandate the use of masks when schools return next week, after Scotland announced its pupils will wear face-coverings in common areas from Monday.

Johnson was making an announcement about the return to schools in the UK. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that there is a moral duty to reopen schools to all pupils safely. He said that the government has always been guided by scientific and medical experts, and the country, now, is in a position to know far more about coronavirus than it did earlier this year.

Johnson said that as the Chief Medical Officer said, the risk of contracting Covid-19 in school is very small and it is far more damaging for a child’s development and their health and well-being to be away from school any longer This is why it’s vitally important that we get our children back into the classroom to learn and to be with their friends. Nothing will have a greater effect on the life chances of our children than returning to school.

Meanwhile Downing Street was forced to deny claims that Boris Johnson could quit as prime minister within six months because of ongoing health problems due to coronavirus, The Independent (UK) reports.