SCHOOLS in England will not be able to fully re-open after the half-term break next month but could begin to return from 8 March, the prime minister has said.
Boris Johnson said a final decision would depend on meeting vaccination targets and schools would get two weeks’ notice.
He acknowledged the delay would be “frustrating” for pupils, teachers and parents.
There was not enough data yet to decide when to end the lockdown, he added.
The PM said the UK remains in a “perilous situation, with more than 37,000 patients now in hospital with Covid – almost double the peak of the first wave”.