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Just 1 in 300 school pupils tested positive for Covid over two weeks in March

Just one in 300 pupils and one in 500 teachers tested positive for coronavirus in the two weeks to the end of March. The Office for National Statistics has revealed prevalence after the re-opening of schools in England to all pupils following the third lockdown.

The findings will reassure parents and teachers that infection control measures around schools have worked to a large degree.

Researchers took swab samples from 4,000 staff and 11,0000 pupils in 137 primary and secondary schools from 15 to 31 March. Infection rates were lower than in November and December 2020.

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