It has been confirmed that all schools across the UK will close their doors this Friday amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
The schools will shut "until further notice," it has been announced by Boris Johnson in today's live press conference on the BBC.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says the benefits of schools remaining as open are changing swiftly, and that schools are finding it difficult to continue as normal, as staff levels drop.
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After schools shut their gates on Friday afternoon, they will remain closed for the "vast majority of pupils".
The news comes as the UK death toll rises to 104 - an increase of 32.
More to follow.