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The proportion of pupils attending state schools in England dropped in the week before half-term amid concerns about the Delta variant of coronavirus, Government figures show.

Around 88 per cent of state school pupils were in class on May 27, down from 91 per cent on May 20, according to the Department for Education (DfE) statistics.

The DfE estimates that approximately 1.8 per cent of all pupils, around 139,000 children, on roll did not attend school for Covid-19 related reasons on May 27, compared to 1.3 per cent the previous week.

But in the North West of England, where there has been an increase in coronavirus cases, around 4 per cent of pupils did not attend school on May 27 for Covid-19 related reasons, according to the DfE analysis.

Nearly a third of secondary school pupils and more than a fifth of primary school pupils in Bolton were absent linked to Covid-19 on the week before half-term, the figures suggest.

Overall, across England, the data suggests that 116,000 pupils were out of class and self-isolating on May 27 due to potential contact with a case of coronavirus, compared to 82,000 the previous week.

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