The United Kingdom is set to shut down schools until further notice as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Prime Minister, all schools will be closed from Friday but considerations will be given to make provisions for the care of the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children.
British PM Boris Johnson said: “We think now that we must apply further downward pressure with that upward curve by closing the schools. After schools shut their gates to most pupils, they will remain closed to the majority of pupils.”
He thanked teachers and headteachers and said that by looking after children of key workers, such as NHS staff, they “will be a critical part of the fightback” against coronavirus.
The development is coming as the UK deaths reached 104 after the NHS said a further 32 people had died in England.
Confirmed cases in the UK rose to 2,626 on Wednesday, from 1,950 on Tuesday. There have been 56,221 tests carried out in the UK for Covid-19, of which 53,595 were confirmed negative.