On Wednesday Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s school, Thomas’s Battersea has been hit with coronavirus fears as several students are said to have returned from a skiing trip in Italy.
Vanitatis, a Spanish magazine reported that a number of students from the school in Battersea, South West London are believed to have returned from the coronavirus hit Italy.
The Spanish publication alleged that four children have symptoms associated with the deadly coronavirus, which has not been confirmed by the school where Prince George attends.
A spokesperson for St Thomas’s Battersea said: “Like all schools, we are taking very seriously the potential risks related to the spread of Covid-19 and to this end we are following the government’s instructions to the letter on infection prevention and case management in which it is suspected that some staff member or students exposed to the virus or showing any symptoms.
“We currently have a very small number of students who have been evaluated and these individuals currently, according to the government Council, remain in their homes waiting to receive the results of their exams.
“All parents have been informed and we have maintained regular communication with our school community to ensure that councils are shared and important information circulated.
“Of course, we will preserve the confidentiality of staff and students, and we will not comment on specific cases.”
In less than 24-hours 26 schools across the UK are now closed amid coronavirus fears as hundreds of pupils attended ski trips to Northern Italy which is heavily infected with the virus.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) later updated its travel advice, with a spokesman saying, “We advise against all but essential travel to 10 small towns in Lombardy and one in Veneto, which are currently in isolation due to an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus.
“Any British nationals already in these towns should follow the advice of the local authorities.”
As of Tuesday, a total of 6,795 people have been tested for coronavirus in the UK and 13 confirmed cases.
Italy has now become Europe’s worst-affected country, with more than 300 cases and 12 deaths.
Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer has warned that every school in the UK could close and public transport reduced if the World Health Organization officially says it is a global pandemic.