Coronavirus key worker jobs list sparks confusion as Brits says 'every man and his dog is covered'
THE government’s list of key workers who are vital to help fight the coronavirus crisis is confusing parents who say: “Every man and his dog is covered.”
This morning, Boris Johnson named the key workers whose children will be allowed back to school as they play a crucial role in Britain's battle against coronavirus.
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It comes as:
- China and other Asian countries facing second wave of deadly infections
- Coronavirus test will be available to hundreds of thousands ASAP
- Government to use phone data to track people breaking virus lockdowns
- Brits suspected of having coronavirus could be held for up to six weeks
- Nurse’s tearful plea after ending 48-hour shift to find shelves empty
- Brits STILL ignore calls to stay out of the pubs during crisis
But this has led to widespread confusion over who qualifies as a key worker because the definitions are so vague and many are asking their bosses for guidance.
Thousands of kids today arrived at school for their last day after the deadly coronavirus outbreak forced an abrupt end to their lessons.
However, it is believed that a considerable number of schools will have to open on Monday for children whose parent is a “key worker”.
The government announced that the jobs – which include nurses, police officers and delivery drivers – are key to their war on the deadly bug, which has killed 144 people and infected 3,269 people in the UK.
Click here to see the full list of workers.
Confused parents slammed the list today and asked: “What was the point of shutting schools?”
A junior school headteacher from Nottinghamshire said today: “Pretty much every single job is covered, we may as well just stay open.”
One parent added: “So the government have shut schools and said only kids of key workers can attend from Monday.
“They then issue a list of key workers that pretty much includes every man and his dog.
“What the hell was the point of shutting schools?”
A Year 1 teacher, from North London, said: “Well it looks like back to normal teaching on Monday if the list of key workers is anything to go by.”
Another confused parent added: “The government has caused total chaos in schools. Too many questions unanswered.”
The working heroes include court staff, religious staff, supermarket workers and some financial workers. Their children will be exempt from the decision to close classrooms from Monday to stop the spread of the deadly bug.
A No10 source confirmed to The Sun Online only one parent needs to be eligible for kids to be allowed back to class.
So the government have shut schools and said only kids of key workers can attend from Monday. They then issue a list of key workers that pretty much includes every man and his dog.
The Government today named nine sectors “critical to the COVID-19 response” – Health and social care; Education and childcare; Key public services; Local and national government; Food and necessary goods; Public safety and national security; Transport and Utilities, communication and financial services.
Families have been urged not to leave their children with grandparents aged over 70 in order to protect the elderly, who are most at risk from the deadly bug.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “We still need to have our critical infrastructure that continues to work and function.”
The announcement as Boris Johnson spells out his warplan to beat coronavirus.
Yesterday, Britain’s death toll rose to 144 with a total of 3,269 confirmed cases.
Boris told the nation he is “absolutely confident that we can send coronavirus packing in this country” and the tide can be turned within three months.
He said: “I’m conscious as the days have gone by that people will want to know how long we’re expecting them to keep it up.
“I think, looking at it all, that we can turn the tide within the next 12 weeks and I’m absolutely confident that we can send coronavirus packing in this country.
“But only if we all take the steps that we’ve outlined, that is vital, that’s how we’re going to reduce the peak and once we’ve achieved that and I think that we will, if we take the steps I’ve said, then the scientific progress that we’ve been making will really start coming into play.”
Boris added British experts expect to start trials for a vaccine against Covid-19 within a month, although expectations are that a vaccine will take at least a year.
He said: "To give you an idea of what is coming down the track, we're in negotiations today to buy a so-called antibody test, as simple as a pregnancy test, which can tell whether you have had the disease and it's early days, but if it works as its proponents claim, then we will buy literally hundreds of thousands of these kits as soon as practicable."
It comes as the Queen issued a rallying cry telling Brits to pull their weight in the fight against COVID-19 and avoid the pub and panic buying.
She said: "I am certain we are up to the challenge.
"Our history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one."
The Monarch is currently self-isolating in Windsor Castle having cancelled public events in Cheshire and Camden.
Her message to protect the most vulnerable comes as supermarkets were put under immense strain amid panic-buying Brits.
Shoppers have been pictured brawling over toilet paper and booze after fears the UK could be put under lockdown.
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