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London’s mayor has urged the government to ask all secondary schools and colleges in the capital to shut early ahead of Christmas.
Sadiq Khan also wants them to reopen later in January because of “significant” coronavirus outbreaks among 10 to 19-year-olds.
He said testing had to be “urgently expanded” to students.
It comes as schools in Greenwich became the first in England to move fully to online learning from Tuesday.
A spokesman for the Department for Education said it was “vital” children remained in school until the end of term.
Mr Khan described the surge in Covid-19 cases in London “deeply