Boris Johnson announcement: Jabs rollout SLOWS Omicron as teachers told to combine classes & kids may have to wear masks

COVID has led to an increase of staff shortages and now teachers have been told to combine classes in a bid to deal with it as ministers continue to mull over a return to homeschooling.

The Department of Education warned schools to begin preparing for a chaotic return on Sunday night ahead of students returning this week.

Tory MP’s have also fired back at plans to once again make secondary school pupils wear masks in the classroom.

It comes as a string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta.

Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said – and The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits’ arms.

And new data has revealed that coronavirus infections are slowing, amid a spread in Omicron cases in older age groups. But experts have warned that there has been a worrying rise in cases in Brits aged 55-75, which could put pressure on the NHS. Omicron is now responsible for 90 per cent of cases in the UK and has taken over from the Delta variant.

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