Boris Johnson revealed yesterday that all schools in the UK are to close from Friday in order to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
“The objective is to slow the spread of the virus and as I say we judge that this is the right moment to do that,” the Prime Minister said in a press conference.
However, in order to help support key workers who are also parents, such as health workers, police officers and supermarket workers, schools are required to make provisions for their children.
School closures across the UK means that exams will not take place in May and June.
“We will make sure the pupils get the qualifications they need and deserve for their academic career,” Boris Johnson continued.
Many students were relying on these exams to secure their place at university in September.
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) March 18, 2020
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The UK government has been accelerating measures this week to contain the spread of the illness.
On Tuesday, plans to help businesses were revealed, including at least £330 billion in loans – equivalent to 15% of GDP.
Many businesses are struggling as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve. Indeed, during a time when people are being told to stay indoors and avoid all non-essential travel, footfall and demand is decreasing.