Following pressing from schools and teachers trade unions, government made the schools reopening conditional to passing five safety tests.
London, 16 May 2020 - The only reason why British government wants children to go back to primary school, though this might spread a new contagion, is that workers in manufacture, retail, construction sectors, and their families, are too poor to afford private nannies, and they would not be able to go to work without a place to leave their kids.
“The longer that schools are closed the more children miss out.” said today Education secretary Williamson during the daily coronavirus press conference. What hit us deeper is Tory leadership's mala-fide: "The poorest children, the most disadvantaged children will be the ones who will fall furthest behind if we keep school gates closed ... we owe it to the children" to reopen schools, said Williamson.
It looks like, instead, they owe it to the CBI, multinationals, banks and related businesses interests, the backbones of Tories’ political support, who are pressing to restart activity.
There’re fears global recession which already started hitting the economy, will switch off the country’s engine if preoduction isn’t up and running to contrast downturn.
If, on the one side, population health protection and prevention is the priority, on the other a huge recession will cause poverty related deaths. But, if the issue clearly is making possible for workers to go back to work and their children being safeguarded, a specific fund to families should be given, taking into account nurseries can’t be operative because of social distancing. And the government knows this would be really expensive.
While the Tories led British government discusses how safe and important is school is to kids, concern over children affected by coronavirus related Kawasaki-like disease is growing internationally.
A nine years old boy died in France yesterday and in Italy there’s a spike in emergency recoveries in hospitals; the scientific magazine the Lancet reports the Italian city of Bergamo, epicenter of the outbreak, saw a 30-fold increase in Kawasaki-like disease in the past month "Children diagnosed after the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic began, showed evidence of immune response to the virus, were older, had a higher rate of cardiac involvement, and features of MAS. The SARS-CoV-2 epidemic was associated with high incidence of a severe form of Kawasaki disease. A similar outbreak of Kawasaki-like disease is expected in countries involved in the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic”.
As a confirmation that coronavirus is causing a lethal reaction, though rare, in children, the study says: “The cause of Kawasaki disease remains unknown; however, earlier evidence shows an infectious agent triggers a cascade that causes the illness”.
It’s also recent the relevant findings proving SARS-COV-2 has already successfully mutated in a more deadly strain from last February in Europe, therefore we cannot exclude further mutation of the virus able to hit children. But these information are not relevant to the British government whose main concern is keep on business as usual.