Hundreds of people in North Staffordshire have called for schools and colleges to be closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Across the UK more than 234,300 people 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.
These include (as of 6.20am on Wednesday March 11) 191 people in the Stoke-on-Trent North parliamentary constituency, 245 in Stoke-on-Trent Central and 160 in Stoke-on-Trent South.
In surrounding areas of North and central Staffordshire it has been signed by 73 people in the Staffordshire Moorlands, 146 in Newcastle-under-Lyme, 71 in Stone and 158 in Stafford.
Elsewhere in the county it has been signed by 106 people in the Burton constituency, 107 in Lichfield, 132 in Tamworth, 153 in Cannock Chase and 127 in South Staffordshire.
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’.
“This will result in more spread as time is given for the virus to do so. We hope to come to an agreement as soon as possible in a timely manner.”
Six people who tested positive for coronavirus in the UK have now died, according to the government figures released yesterday afternoon – with a total of 373 confirmed cases across the country.
Four of these are in Staffordshire, with none yet reported in Stoke-on-Trent.