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Coronavirus: Cornwall pupils sent home after ski trip

Coronavirus: Cornwall pupils sent home after ski trip

Published by Emma Carton at 11:13am 25th February 2020. (Updated at 2:31pm 25th February 2020)

A school in Truro confirms pupils were sent home as the government issues advice over coronavirus.

The Health Secretary says anyone returning from northern Italy should self-isolate to help stop it spreading.

Seven people have died in the country, where the number of cases recorded has risen to over 220.

Penair School says staff and students returning from a recent ski trip were asked to self-quaratine for 14 days.

However it has now confirmed that after further advice from Public Health England, pupils will be allowed to return.

Scroll down to read the official advice from the government for travellers returning from areas hit by coronavirus.

Posting on its Facebook page, the school said the move was a precaution and they have now issued the following update.

"Further to information shared with all parents this morning, we have been in further communication with Public Health England throughout the morning discussing details of the areas visited by our ski trip.

"They have now confirmed that the children and staff can return to school.

"They have stated if students or staff develop any symptoms relating to the coronavirus they should isolate immediately and call 111.

"If they have no symptoms they do not need not isolate and can return to school.

"Once again we apologise for any disruption caused, however students well-being is always our first priority".

Penair School

What is the official advice from the government?

The UK's Chief Medical Office says anyone returning from parts of northern Italy, now on lockdown because of coronavirus, must self-isolate.

The government has updated its travel advice as Italy scrambles to contain an outbreak that has now spread south.

The first positive case was confirmed in Sicily.

Travellers, even those without symptoms, returning from the worst-hit areas have been told to stay indoors, avoid contact with other people and call NHS 111.

People returning from the wider region - anywhere north of but not including Pisa, Florence and Rimini - who do have flu-like symptoms must also self-isolate.

The latest advice could impact people returning from half-term skiing holidays, like the pupils from Penair School.

You can watch Matt Hancock's full advice below...

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