Coronavirus: Scotland's parents voice COVID-19 concerns as schools remain open

The Scottish government has no immediate plans to close schools but many parents and pupils have flooded social media asking if this is the right approach.

Concerns focus on possible complications for those with underlying health conditions, or fear of spreading the illness to the elderly.

National clinical director Jason Leitch said school closures would not necessarily help contain the virus significantly unless they were prolonged.

“The science suggests the virus will be there. So when you reopen, the vulnerable will be hit again and your spike will just be later.

“We’re trying to move that curve back but also protect that vulnerable group.

“Schools do two things. They educate the children, so what greater place to be to teach the kids how to wash their hands. It’s a terrific place to be able to talk about the virus, to reduce panic and to reduce fear.

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