Attending primary school puts children and staff at no greater risk of contracting coronavirus than staying at home, a study of 131 schools suggests.
Tests to find out who had already had the virus found similar levels of antibodies in pupils and teachers.
For the study, pupils and staff were tested during the last six weeks of the summer term when Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children could return to school.
Scientists from Public Health England, who led the study , found just three people (one child and two staff) tested positive for the virus – 0.02% of those swabbed.
There was no evidence that any of these three people passed the virus on to others they lived with or worked with. This reflects previous research by PHE showing low numbers of cases and outbreaks in schools .
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