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Schools in Scotland and Wales set to shut this week over coronavirus

Independent Wednesday, 18 March 2020
Schools in Scotland and Wales are set to shut by the end of the week over coronavirus.
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News video: Nicola Sturgeon announces school closures in Scotland by end of the week

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced schools in Scotland will close by the end of the week. The announcement came after Boris Johnson told the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions that further decisions on school closures were “to be taken imminently”.

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