Hundreds of Cheshire residents call for schools to shut to tackle coronavirus

Hundreds of people across Cheshire have signed a petition calling for schools and colleges to be closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

More than 225,000 people from across the UK have signed a petition on Parliament’s website calling for the government to shut educational establishments in a bid to stem the risk of infection by Covid-19.

In Cheshire East these included – as of 8pm on Tuesday evening – 111 in the Crewe and Nantwich parliamentary constituency, 57 in Congleton, 58 in Macclesfield and 44 in Eddisbury.

The petition was set up by Sami Attout and will now be discussed by Parliament as it has been signed by more than 100,000 people.

It states:  “We would like the government to at least consider closing schools/colleges down in the coming weeks or as soon as possible, in addition to taking necessary actions to prevent further spread.

“We would like the Government or Parliament to enforce this action due to the growing fear among parents and students that attend school.

“The ability to focus or concentrate is affected in addition to the growing fears of the Corona-virus. In our view, the government and health officials around the world are more ‘reactive’ rather than ‘proactive’.

As of 9am yesterday, Tuesday March 10, there are 373 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK – with six people who tested positive for the virus dying.

There are currently no confirmed cases in any of the four local authority areas that make up Cheshire – namely Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Cheshire, Halton and Warrington – including to the latest Public Health England breakdown.

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