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Coronavirus: More Cornish pupils sent home

Coronavirus: More Cornish pupils sent home

Published by Emma Carton at 7:57am 26th February 2020. (Updated at 3:18pm 26th February 2020)

More Cornish pupils returning from ski trips to one of the areas hit by coronavirus are sent home.

Some staff and students at Newquay Tretherras have been told to self-isolate for 14 days.

It is the second school in the Duchy to take action as a precaution, following Penair in Truro.

Others up country have closed, as the Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to northern Italy.

What is the latest from Newquay Tretherras?

On Tuesday, Newquay Tretherras School posted the following message to parents on its social media pages.

"I am writing to inform you that a group of twenty sixth form students and three members of staff have recently returned from a half-term ski trip to Pampeago in Northern Italy.

"Bases on the scientific advice from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), the UK Chief Medical Officers are today (Tuesday) advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from Northern Italy in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

"We are aware that a number of other students in school have been away skiiing over half-term and, if you have returned from Northern Italy (defined by a line above and not including Pisa, Florence and Rimini) since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people and call NHS 111".

It continues: "As a precaution, we have advised our staff and students that were on the ski trip to remain at home for the time being and to seek medical advice if they have any further symptoms.

"We have also contacted the parents and carers of our potentially medically vulnerable students to make them aware of the situation.

"All other students, including siblings of those on the ski trip, should attend school as normal".

Mrs S Fairbairn, Executive Headteacher of Newquay Tretherras School

What is the official health advice?

The letter from the Executive Headteacher of Newquay Tretherras contains the following advice for students:

"The following flu-like symptoms may develop in 2 - 14 days after exposure to someone who has the COVID-19 infection and should be treated in the same manner:

Cough
Difficulty in breathing
Fever

"Generally the infection can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

"There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups - very few cases have been reported in children".

Newquay Tretherras School Letter

You can read Public Health England's latest advice on coronavirus here.

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