Vaughan Gething tells the inquiry the Welsh government had the understanding that schools were part of transmission of the virus.

The former health minister says it was known: “That if schools closed it would be difficult to reopen them.

“Home
isn’t a safe space for every adult. And home isn’t a safe space for every
child.”

Gething says: “Parents were anxious and fearful for their children, which is quite a rational thing for parents to consider.

“It’s one of my regrets that we couldn’t keep schools open for longer,” he adds.

There was a disorderly closure of schools in Wales so the decision was made to close schools says Gething.

It was the right thing to do under the circumstances, he adds.