Unions criticise government for failing to take action earlier amid rapid rise in Covid infections
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Last-minute moves to tackle the spread of the Omicron Covid variant in schools, colleges and universities in England will not be enough to avoid disruption or stop large-scale absences among staff and students, unions and school leaders have warned.
The Department for Education (DfE) announced that masks should be worn indoors in education settings in England, including in classrooms, libraries and corridors, from the start of the new term until the end of January.