Prince George and Charlotte’s school hit by coronavirus fears as pupils isolated

Prince George and Princess Charlotte's school has been caught up in the coronavirus outbreak as a number of children have been isolated amid fears over the virus.

Thomas's Battersea – a posh school in London – has informed parents reportedly four children are being treated as a precaution.

None of them have been confirmed to have the coronavirus which has infected more than 80,000 people worldwide.

Prince William and Kate Middleton's two eldest children – George, 6, and Charlotte, 4 – both attend the school which costs almost £6,500 per term.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment as the coronavirus outbreak begins to take hold in Britain.

The school is reported to have issued a statement to Spanish publication El Confidencial in which it confirmed the measures.

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Reportedly, it 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 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."

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Reportedly emails have been sent to parents advising them that four children are being treated for symptoms.

The children have symptoms such as a cough and fever, but have been advised to stay home as a precaution.

Two of the children had reportedly returned from a trip to Italy, where the coronavirus is currently spreading rapidly and prompting the shutdown of public spaces.

Italian authorities are scrambling to contain the virus – known as Covid-19 – which has infected at least 322 people in the nation.

++ Full list of schools impacted by coronavirus at bottom of article ++

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Prince George had his first day in school back in September, 2017, while his younger sister Princess Charlotte joined Thomas's in September, 2019.

William and Kate walked the two children to school together for their first day, with Charlotte looking nervous as she clutched her mum's hand.

The two kids returned to school this week after the half term break, being in Year 2 and Reception.

The Cambridges had a low key break, with mum and dad clearing their calendar to spend some quality time the duo and their one-year-old Prince Louis at their family home Amner Hall in Norfolk.

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Before the kids returned to school, Wills told reporters about his fun-filled half term after watching Wales vs France Six Nations match at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.

He said: "We've been lambing with the children this week. Charlotte wasn't sure at first, but George was straight in there.

"Louis loves the tractors. They love seeing the lambs and feeding the lambs."

Anmer Hall is close to the Queen's private Sandringham estate.

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It comes as at least 29 schools across the UK have closed or sent pupil's to protect against coronavirus, despite health officials recommending that they should stay open.

Fears rage pupils they may have been exposed to coronavirus during half term trips to northern Italy.

But Public Health England (PHE) said that its general advice is not to close schools.

The closures come after travellers returning to the UK from northern Italy were told they may need to self-isolate as part of measures to stop the spread of illness.

The ContinU Plus Academy in Kidderminster said it was closed for the day on Wednesday after a staff member had been in "close contact" with a family member who was self-isolating following a trip to northern Italy.

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A statement on its website said: "We are now taking advice from the DFE (Department for Education) and the NHS and hopefully will be able to reopen tomorrow.

"If a deep clean is deemed necessary we may be forced to extend the period of closure."

William Martin CofE Junior, Infant and Nursery School in Harlow, Essex, also said it had closed on Wednesday after a staff member had returned from Italy.

Headteacher Gina Bailey said: "The school is closed for one day and it is purely as a precaution.

"The staff member is not displaying any symptoms of the virus."

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St Peter's C of E middle school in Old Windsor, Berkshire, said on social media it had closed for the day as well.

Its headteacher Andy Snipp said on Facebook: "I received information late last night that one of our students had returned from a half term break to a location which is broadly part of an affected area.

"I must repeat that this is simply a precaution and were I to have been aware sooner then we would have completed the clean prior to the opening of the school."

Cransley School in Northwich, Cheshire, and Trinity Catholic College in Middlesbrough announced on Tuesday they would be closed for the rest of the week to allow a deep clean.

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Trinity Catholic College said that a "small number of staff and pupils" had started showing mild flu-like symptoms following a ski trip.

Lutton St Nicholas and Gedney Church End primary schools in Lincolnshire also said they had closed "because of a potential connection to the coronavirus by an individual within the school".

St Christopher's C of E High School in Accrington told parents it would be shut on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Sandbach High School in Cheshire said students and staff who visited Aprica, in Italy's Lombardy region, were to stay indoors and self-isolate.

A third Cheshire school, Brine Leas School in Nantwich, said its sixth form was closed due to staff shortages following Government advice regarding travel to Italy.

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Students from Penair School in Truro, Cornwall, Salendine Nook High School in Huddersfield, Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School in West Derby and Newquay Tretherras in Newquay, have also been advised to stay home after returning from ski trips.

Authorities in Italy reported on Tuesday night that the number of people infected in the country grew to 322, or by 45% in 24 hours, and deaths of patients with the virus rose to 11.

Brits who have been in lockdown regions of Italy – including Lombardy and Veneto – were told they should self-isolate at home for 14 days even if they have no symptoms.

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PHE has confirmed it is not advising schools to shut in an attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus.

The organisation's medical director Paul Cosford told Radio 4's Today programme: "Schools have to take difficult decisions given the complexity of issues that they are facing.

"What I would say is that our general advice is not to close schools."

Full list of schools impacted by coronavirus

Closed

Lutton St Nicholas primary school in Lincolnshire (Open as normal on Thursday February 27).

Gedney Church End primary school, Spalding, Lincs (Opening again of Friday February 28).

St Christopher's C of E High School in Accrington, Lancs (shut on Wednesday February 26)

Trinity Catholic College in Middlesbrough (Re-opens Monday March 2).

Cransley School in Northwich, Cheshire (closed for the week)

The Brine Leas Academy sixth form in Cheshire (Sixth form closed on Tuesday due to staff shortages)

William Martin Junior and Infant School in Harlow, Essex (Closed Wednesday February 26 for one day)

Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst, Birmingham (Re-opens Monday March 2).

The ContinU Plus Academy in Kidderminster, Worcs (Closed Wednesday February 26 for one day).

Lime Academy Watergall in Bretton, Peterborough (Closed on Wednesday February 26, re-opens on Monday March 2).

Shepeau Stow Primary School, in Spalding, Lincs

St Peter's Church of England Middle School, Old Windsor (due to reopen on Friday February 28)

Archbishop Temple School, Preston, Lancs (Re-opens on Monday March 2).

Burford School, Oxfordshire (Re-opens on Monday March 2).

Pupils sent home or told to self isolate

Salendine Nook High School, Huddersfield

Newquay Tretherras, Newquay

The Holt School, Wokingham

Cambridge House Grammar School, County Antrim

Penair School, Truro

Torquay Boys' Grammar School

Haverfordwest High School, Pembrokeshire

Hall Cross Academy, Doncaster

Sandbach High School, Cheshire

The Crispin School, Somerset

Cleeve Park School, London (Sidcup)

Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School in West Derby

Woodrush High School in Wythall, Birmingham

Guernsey Grammar School

Sydney Russel School in Dagenham

Ysgol Friars School in Bangor, Wales

Banbridge Academy in Northern Ireland

Limavady Grammar School in Northern Ireland

Ely College in Cambridgeshire

Lady Elenor Holles, Hampton

Billericay School, Essex

LVS Ascot

Ashcroft Technology Academy, Putney

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