A child has tested positive for coronavirus after visiting Italy over the half term. After returning home from Italy the child self-isolated for 14 days, then attended school.
Over the weekend the youngster fell ill and was diagnosed with coronavirus on Sunday. Rugby Free Secondary school, in Warwickshire has taken advice from Public Health England and is taking a number of steps, including a deep clean of the school.
The school remains open and are providing hand sanitiser in all classrooms and held an assembly to stress the importance of the precautions on the students.
The school issued a letter to parents on Sunday, “Earlier today, we were made aware by Public Health England that one of our students has been diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19).
“This student had visited Italy at the beginning of half-term and although they had not been in the affected areas, we asked that they self-isolate at home as a precaution. The child returned to school at the end of last week after 14 days of self-isolation but felt unwell over the weekend and was diagnosed today.
“The school is in discussion with, and taking direct advice from, Public Health England and together the school and Public Health England have identified all children who were in close contact with the child in the short time they were in school, and are contacting and giving guidance to their parents/carers this evening.
“Children who have had close interaction with the child will be asked to self-isolate and will be off school from Monday, March 9 as a precaution.”
The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock confirmed in the House of Commons on Monday afternoon another person has died in the UK from coronavirus. A woman in her 70s had underlying health conditions, bringing the total to four in just four days.