UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in his daily coronavirus update on Wednesday (March 18) that the country needed to apply downward pressure on the upward curve by closing schools from this Friday, until further notice.
He stressed they would find a way to ensure young people still received the qualifications they need, but that scheduled exams will be canceled.
Nurseries and private schools will be asked to do the same and all educational institutions will be financially supported and reimbursed as needed.
The UK government's chief scientific adviser added that school closures is about protecting all of us, not because of a specific risk to children
Johnson went on to say that he would not rule out taking further and faster measures to battle the disease.