More than one million children in England absent from school last week over virus
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 20/07/2021
More than one million children in England were off school last week due to coronavirus-related reasons, official figures show.
It is a new record high since schools reopened in March.
Data released by the Department for Education shows around 14.3% of all pupils in state-funded schools were absent from class on 15 July – a total of 1.05 million.
Of these, 773,700 pupils were self-isolating due to possible contact with a case of coronavirus from inside school, while 160,300 pupils after possibly coming into contact with a COVID-19 case outside school.
A total of 47,200 pupils had a confirmed case of coronavirus, and 34,800 pupils were absent as a result of COVID school closures.
Around 34,500 pupils had a suspected case of coronavirus, the data showed.
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