School to remain closed for second day due to Cornavirus

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(Last Updated On: March 2, 2020)

Churston Ferrers Grammar School is to remain closed tomorrow, Tuesday 3rd March over Coronavirus fears.

The school announced it was closing this morning on advice from Public Health England.

It has since been confirmed that the two people in South Devon who have recently travelled to Italy have tested positive for the virus.

A spokesperson for the school posted on their website: “Churston Ferrers Grammar School will be closed today Monday 2nd March and Tuesday 3rd March 2020.

“Further details will follow. Staff and Parents please check your emails for regular updates.”

Four other schools: Galmpton Primary School in Brixham, Collaton St Mary in Paignton, Berry Pomeroy Primary in Totnes, Brixham C of E Primary school also announced this morning that they would be closing for the day. They will all reopen tomorrow.

Debra Lapthorne, Centre Director for Public Health England South West, has confirmed in a statement that there are two cases of Coronavirus in South Devon.

Here is the statement:
“Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with two confirmed cases of COVID-19. Both cases are residents from the South Devon area and became infected whilst in Northern Italy.

“Staff from PHE continue to support a secondary school in Torbay where one case attends.

“Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed case.

“This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public. If you have not been contacted by Public Health England, you do not need to take any action at this time.”

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