Testing and tracing 'key to schools returning'

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(Source: BBC News)

Current testing and contact tracing is inadequate to prevent a second wave of coronavirus after schools in the UK reopen, scientists have warned. Increased transmission would also result from parents not having to stay at home with their children, they say.

Researchers said getting pupils back to school was important - but more work was needed to keep the virus in check.

The head of the NHS test and trace scheme said it was "already delivering" and on the right track for future.

Baroness Dido Harding said: "I absolutely don't accept that this is failure, it's the opposite." She said more testing is required but maintained the current level of contact tracing was "well within the bounds" of what the researchers "are saying is necessary".

The UK government said plans were in place to ensure schools can reopen safely at the start of the school year. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have separate contact tracing systems.

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