Many schools in north-west England will delay reopening at least until 22 June over concerns the coronavirus infection rate is on the rise.
Schools in Blackburn said they would not reopen on Monday, as the government has urged, while Tameside Council “strongly” advised schools not to do so.
Wirral Council also urged schools to “pause and consider” reopening plans.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said “there is a challenge” in the region.
Some scientists say the R number is creeping up across the country and may have surpassed one – the point at which the epidemic takes off again – in the region.
Data from Public Health England, released on Friday, gave an R value of 1.01 for the North West and 1.0 for the South West,…
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