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Covid-Related School Absences Hit Record as England Cases Surge

  • More than 821,000 children not in school July 8 due to virus
  • Labour Party accuses government of letting ‘crisis’ develop
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One in nine state-school students in England were out of school last week due to coronavirus -- the most since classrooms reopened in March following the pandemic lockdown.

More than 821,000 children did not attend school for Covid-related reasons on July 8, the vast majority because they were self-isolating due to a possible contact with a positive case, the Department for Education said Tuesday.