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UK health minister says hopes schools can open by Easter, will depend on data

LONDON (Reuters) – British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday he hoped schools, which have been closed to most pupils since Jan. 5 as part of a national lockdown, would be able to reopen by Easter in early April but said it would depend on COVID-19 data.

“I would hope so,” Hancock said, when asked during an interview on Sky News if schools would be open at Easter.

“But … we’ve got to look at the data, we’ve got to look at the impact of the vaccination programme … The education secretary said that he will ensure that schools have two weeks’ notice of return and I don’t know whether it will be before then,” he said.

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