The UK is closing all of London’s primary schools for two weeks as cases of coronavirus increase

The British government has decided to close all primary schools in London over the next two weeks to counter the rapid spread of a more contagious variant of the COVID-19 virus, the capital’s mayor said on Friday.

On Wednesday, Education Minister Gavin Williamson announced a plan to delay the resumption of high schools, but open most elementary schools for children under 11 in time next week at the end of the Christmas break.

Only in the hardest-hit parts of the country, which included some parts of the capital but not others, were primary schools planned to close. But local authorities in several areas where schools were to be resumed complained.

“The government has finally made sense and turned around,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Twitter. “All primary schools in London will be treated in the same way.

“This is the right decision – and I want to thank Education Minister Nick Gibb for our constructive talks over the past two days.”