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Stark divisions appear between medical experts on NI schools reopening

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Pupils wash their hands at school (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Pupils wash their hands at school (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

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Pupils wash their hands at school (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Stark divisions have appeared between medical experts on the viability of schools reopening on March 8.

The NI Executive is due to discuss the possibility of pupils being allowed back into the classroom when it meets on Thursday, but faces a choice between the advice of Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride and the Public Health Agency (PHA), who have given now given conflicting evidence, with the PHA appearing to lay the groundwork for some schools to re-open at the start of next month.

Last week, Dr McBride warned that any possible reopening of schools could see the rate of Covid infections leap by up to 50%


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