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Omicron cases fall 45% amid new testing rules as data ‘shows London past its peak’ thanks to vaccine rollout

Absence of students and staff at UK schools increases after Christmas

The number of students and teachers absent from school for Covid-related reasons in the UK has increased as Omicron cases spread, Government figures show.

The Department for Education (DfE) estimates that 3.9% of all students – some 315,000 children – did not attend class for reasons related to the coronavirus on January 6 – a record high this school year. .

This is up from about 301,000 children, or 3.7% of all students, on December 16, just before the Christmas holidays.

The latest data shows that 8.6% of teachers and school leaders – about 44,000 employees – were absent at the start of their term, up from 8.0% on December 16.

Meanwhile, about 4.9% of teachers and school leaders had to leave school for Covid-related reasons on January 6, up from 3.0% on December 16.

Among students who were absent due to Covid-19, the main reason was one confirmed case of coronavirus, with approximately 159,000 students (2.0%) absent for this reason, compared with about 111,000 students before Christmas.

https://www.the-sun.com/health/4437884/covid-uk-news-test-cases-vaccine-omicron-symptoms-lockdown/ Omicron cases fall 45% amid new testing rules as data ‘shows London past its peak’ thanks to vaccine rollout

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