On measures taken in schools in other European countries to get them to open sooner like reducing class sizes, Mr Williamson said: “Are we looking at other countries and learning from them? Absolutely.”
“And we’re seeing a few examples of countries opening up their schooling system and we’ll look closely as to how that works, how that goes, and what lessons can be learnt from it so we can benefit from that.”
– Deputy Chief Medical Officer refuses to say if UK has passed peak
Dr Harries declined to say whether the UK had “passed the peak” of the virus.
She said: “I would be very tempted to offer a comment on that today but I’m not going to be, for a number of reasons.”
She identified that the low number of deaths recorded today was “positive” but cautioned against reading too much into the figures, which are often retrospectively revised.
She said: “We could jump to all sorts of positive conclusions about that, but we shouldn’t.
“I do think it is fair to say that we do know from the hospital data that we are starting to plateau across.”