UK Hits Daily Virus Record, is Urged to Keep Schools Closed

With daily coronavirus infections surging as a result of a new virus variant, the British government faced mounting pressure from teachers' unions to keep schools in England closed for at least another two weeks.

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A man wearing a face covering walks past graffiti on the Lower Newtownards Road in Belfast with a message reading 'Wear a mask, it hasn't gone away you know' Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (Liam McBurney/PA via AP)
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LONDON (AP) — With daily coronavirus infections surging as a result of a new virus variant, the British government faced mounting pressure Saturday from teachers’ unions to keep schools in England closed for at least another two weeks. The government, which oversees schools in England, has already decided to keep all schools in London closed next week to try to stem new infections. Unions want the policy extended across the whole of England, expressing fears…

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