Coronavirus: ski-trip pupils told to stay at home
School follows advice on outbreak
28 February, 2020 — By Calum Fraser
Central Foundation Boys’ School
A GROUP of schoolchildren were told to stay at home after returning from a ski trip in Italy as part of caution over coronavirus.
The Central Foundation Boys’ School has contacted parents of pupils who went on a ski trip to Aprica, a town in the Lombardy area of northern Italy to tell them not to come to school.
Several towns in Lombardy, although not including Aprica, have been placed under quarantine following an outbreak of the virus.
A statement from the school near Old Street said: “The situation remains the same as with the school continuing to respond to this situation in line with Public Health England guidelines.
“Any student or staff member who attended the half term ski trip to Aprica and has the symptoms of the fever, a cough or shortness of breath, however mild, should remain at home. The school continues to monitor the situation on a daily basis with everyone who was on the ski trip.”
The Ritchie Street GP surgery in Angel closed temporarily earlier this month after a patient presented with flu like symptoms similar to the virus. The patient was found not to have the virus and the surgery re-opened.
In the UK 15 people have been treated from the virus so far while about 3,000 have been tested.
There have been 400 cases in Italy, leading to sporting fixtures to be postponed.
Public Health England (PHE) says the coronavirus is an “airborne” disease and that it is “spread by respiratory droplets or aerosol transmission, in addition to contact routes of transmission”.
It originated in China where thousands have people been infected and urban areas have been put on lockdown in attempts to stop its spread.
Meanwhile, BBC radio journalist Nick Robinson, who lives in Highbury, said he had “self-isolated” after coming back from a holiday in Vietnam, where there has been 16 cases, and Cambodia.
He said he was undertaking “two days of self-isolation” as a precaution and thanked the Whittington Hospital in Archway for a “routine precautionary check”.
Mr Robinson tweeted: “Thoughts go to all those on the NHS frontline to keep us safe from coronavirus.”