Jersey school pupils' return delayed in Covid spike

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image captionEducation Minister, Senator Tracey Vallois, said it was the "safest way forward"

Jersey's government has delayed the start of the new school term in States amid concerns about a recent spike in Covid cases.

The island has 556 active cases, with new daily cases peaking at 124 on 18 December.

The States said the delay to 11 January would allow time to test school staff and students in years 11, 12 and 13.

Education Minister, Senator Tracey Vallois, said it was the "safest way forward".

She said it "gives parents, young people, and our hard-working staff even greater security around their health and wellbeing".

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