Children Return to School in England

London, March 8 (AFP/APP): Millions of children returned to school in England on Monday for the first time in two months, with the government beginning to ease coronavirus restrictions as a mass vaccination drive ramps up.

The resumption of classroom teaching was the first step on a path which the government hopes will see life return to normal by late June, after a wrenching crisis that has seen Britain endure one of the world’s worst death tolls from Covid-19.

Also on Monday, hundreds of thousands of care home residents in England were able to start getting indoor visits from a designated friend or relative, and two friends can now meet each other outdoors.

Lisa Tyler, 41, from Northamptonshire in central England, said having her daughters aged six and 10 back in class would be “the biggest relief in the world”. Trying to manage supervision of schoolwork and her job as a university administrator had been hard, particularly on her youngest, she told AFP.

“If you don’t do it she’s going to fall behind. You have to sit with her all the time,” she added. “I can’t wait for her to go back to school. Trying to just manage that, it’s been a nightmare. And she just needs to go back.”

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