Masks return to British classrooms as Omicron spreads

Britain has decided to return masks, in the classroom, and is formulating plans for potential absenteeism levels for up to a quarter of public sector workers, with the continued spread of the “Omicron” mutant in the country.

This step comes, after a health sector official warned that “the next few days are critical” in limiting the repercussions of the highly contagious mutant, as British National Health Service employees work constantly to reduce infection, according to the British News Agency. PA Media today, Sunday.

British Education Minister Nadim al-Zahawi acknowledged that the mutant posed "challenges" but said the government was taking steps to "strengthen support for schools" in an effort to reduce disruptions when students return to their classrooms after the Christmas holidays.

And face masks will return for secondary school students, in classrooms in England.

For his part, the head of the educational committee, Robert Halfon, said that wearing masks would have a "significant impact" on children's well-being.

Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Halfon, a Conservative MP, said: "The government should provide evidence. If masks are not needed in offices or restaurants, why do we make students wear them?"

On the other hand, 162,572 confirmed cases of coronavirus were recorded, as of nine o'clock yesterday morning, Saturday, which is a record number for new cases in the country.

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