UK schools opening: Sadiq Khan outlines ‘big problem’ in capital when lockdown ends

The London Mayor told LBC that prior to the COVID-19 outbreak there were 1.5 million bus journeys and 200,000 tube journeys involving children. Mr Khan proposed staggering the start time of schools so that fewer passengers would be using public transport during the rush hour.  

Mr Khan said: “I think what’s really important is the government makes sure that schools are safe places for the children, the staff, but also the journey to and from school is safe.

“What we don’t want is children and their parents and carers using public transport during rush hour, leading to social interaction leading to the virus spreading.”

He continued: “If there’s any increase at all in passenger numbers that’s a big problem for us.

“On a normal day before Covid, there are 1.5 million bus journeys from children and 200,000 tube journeys from children.

“Any increase, even six or ten, is a challenge for us and we are worried.

“One of the things we’re saying to the government is if you’re keen to bring back schools, one way to do it is to stagger the start time.

“Why not start schools a bit later to avoid the rush hour and finish a bit later to avoid the rush hour as well?

“That deals with my concern about congestion and public transport leading to the virus spreading again.”

The UK currently has more than 190,000 coronavirus cases in total at the time of writing. 

The death toll in Britain is currently higher than 28,000 people. 

A total of 288 people died as a result of coronavirus today in the UK.

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Worldwide there have been more than 3,600,000 COVID-19 cases at the time of writing. 

The death toll has also reached more than 250,000.

More than 1,100,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.

The United States has the highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 1,200,000 confirmed cases.

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