March 18, 2020 / 5:58 PM / 18 days ago

Johnson says schools to close for most pupils from Friday

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London, Britain March 17, 2020. Matt Dunham/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that school closures across the country were necessary from Friday for most pupils, to slow the spread of coronavirus.

“We must apply downward pressure, further downward pressure on the upward curve by closing the schools,” Johnson said at a news conference on Wednesday.

“After schools shut their gates from Friday afternoon, they will remain closed for most pupils, for the vast majority of pupils, until further notice.”

Reporting by Costas Pitas, Writing by Sarah Young; editing by Stephen Addison

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