Study reveals drop in infection rates in schools amid coronavirus (COVID–19)

Study reveals drop in infection rates in schools amid coronavirus (COVID–19)

Public Health England (PHE) has published round four of the Schools Infection Survey (SIS), which reveals that there is a significant drop in the percentage of secondary school pupils and staff testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) since schools reopened, compared to November and December 2020. The fourth round of the SIS, led by PHE alongside the Office for National Statistics and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, tested 7,271 secondary school pupils and 2,744 staff for coronavirus between 15 and 31 March 2021. The fourth round of SIS also tested primary schools but according to PHE, the number of positive test results for primary school 'was too small to present due to statistical disclosure criteria'.

The SIS also revealed:

• 0.34% of secondary school pupils tested positive for coronavirus (95% confidence interval: 0.16% to 0.63%)

• 0.19% of secondary school staff tested positive for coronavirus (95% confidence interval: 0.04% to 0.58%)

Source: COVID-19 in schools: study shows drop in infections

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