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Petition Do not exempt under 18s (including school children) from self-isolating

The Government has said that from 16 August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. We believe current rules should be kept in place.

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Current mitigations are clearly not effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. The best defence we have is to try and halt the spread by isolating pupils who have been in close contact with individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19.

While children are at relatively low risk from serious covid illness, many unfortunately going on to suffer with long covid for many months, and the long-term effects of infection are not known.

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