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The latest coronavirus advice being issued to Surrey and Hampshire schools

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The latest coronavirus advice being issued to Surrey and Hampshire schools

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 12:36pm 26th February 2020.

Council public health officials in Surrey and Hampshire have been instructing schools regarding concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

It's after several schools in both counties have recently returned from ski trips in Northern Italy - with at least one sending pupils home.

Hampshire County Council said any schools which were concerned about a student after returning from an affected area should contact their local Public Health England Protection Team.

Surrey added it was working closely with schools in what was a "fast moving situation", although it's not believed any schools there had been to an area currently under lockdown.

Both councils said they were providing schools with the latest national schools guidance from Public Health England, which is being regularly updated.

To date there have been over 6,500 tests for coronavirus in the UK, with nine confirmed cases of COVID19.

Surrey County Council’s Director of Public Health, Ruth Hutchinson said:

“We are working closely schools in Surrey where children are known to have returned from ski trips in Northern Italy.

“We have been informed that these children did not travel to the specific lockdown areas as defined by the Italian Government.

“This is a fast moving situation but we are ensuring that all schools are being provided with the up to date national guidance from Public Health England.”

Hampshire County Council’s Director of Public Health, Simon Bryant said:

“In relation to the Coronavirus, the County Council has asked schools and other educational settings in Hampshire to follow the information and guidance from Public Health England (PHE) which is being updated regularly.

"Any school concerned about a student who may meet the criteria for taking action, after returning from travel to an affected area, is advised to contact their local PHE Health Protection Team for advice.”