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UK schools should remain open during second wave, minister says

Britain's Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain, September 15, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Files

LONDON (Reuters) - British schools should remain open, and workplaces which need their staff on the premises should do so in a COVID-secure way, senior cabinet minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday ahead of an address by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on new restrictions to curb a second wave of infections.

“We’re trying to strike a balance. We’re trying to say that schools, of course, should remain open. We want workplaces where people have to be in the factory or in the shop in order to do their job to remain open in a COVID-secure way,” he said in an interview on BBC television.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Estelle Shirbon, editing by David Milliken