Fear of our kids getting Covid-19 is out of all proportion to the actual threat

Cool heads

ONCE schools go back it is vital parents and staff keep their heads if and when a child tests positive for Covid.

The last thing anyone needs is hordes of mums and dads randomly pulling their children out, entire years being sent home or, worse still, whole schools.

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Covid is not ebola. It barely affects children — and scientists believe their risk of spreading it to adults is low.

The fear it still induces is out of all proportion to the actual threat.

And, despite the Government’s errors during this crisis, its guidelines on how schools should handle infections — with local health protection teams swooping to carry out rapid risk assessments — are detailed and clear.

We have had harsh words for the militant unions who have done their best to thwart a smooth start to the new year.

But we commend the heads and staff who have worked hard to ensure it.

That same common sense and dedication to education will be crucial if the virus does erupt.

What control?

THE Brexit vote of 2016 was an overwhelming demand to reclaim sovereign powers, including over immigration.

But “taking back control” won’t mean much if we add a third of a million to our population every year anyway.

The latest 313,000 total is the highest since the referendum and not far off the 2015 peak.

It is some comfort so many are students, not unskilled migrants arriving under the EU free-movement rules.

The Sun has always believed in welcoming the brightest and best.

But where is the new infrastructure to cope with such a huge increase?Where are the new homes they will need?

Concern over immigration has nose-dived since we voted to get a grip on it.

It will explode again if that control proves worthless.

Wrong, Matt

MATT Hancock’s backing for his staff working from home for the foreseeable future is short-sighted.

The Heath Secretary is right to stand up for the job they are doing. But many of our cities are in dire straits.

London, the engine room of our economy, is deserted.

Huge numbers of jobs are in peril and tax revenue with it.

Unless near-normality resumes, how will the NHS’s funding be sustained
Mr Hancock should be more worried about Whitehall’s empty offices and the signal they send.

The CBI is desperate for workers to return and for once we agree.

A long-term shift to partial home-working was probably inevitable.

But it was forced on us overnight by a virus which now poses a fraction of its original threat.

London must not become a permanent casualty of that sudden upheaval. Britain simply cannot afford it.

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