By Tony Winterburn •
Published: 17 Feb 2020 • 9:49
Schools, Colleges and Universities will stay open even if a coronavirus outbreak occurs
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is expected to make a statement later today that will no doubt create some panic and worry for Uk residents.
It is understood they will announce measures that are designed to control the rapid spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus) throughout England should or maybe-when, an outbreak happens. 3,109 tests have been carried out in the UK so far, with nine positive results.
Schools to be told to stay open even if staff or pupils are suspected of having coronavirus
The plan is that when a pupil or staff member is suspected of having being infected with the virus the guidance says no action is needed and health protection teams will speak to the headteacher and action will be taken.
The new guidance comes a week after at least seven schools in Brighton, Hove and Eastbourne were understood to have told parents that either a staff member or pupil has been advised to stay at home for 14 days by PHE. Schools messaged parents saying that they would authorise absences for families wishing to self-isolate.
NHS England said on Saturday that all 94 people in quarantine at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral had been released. They had been kept in isolation at the hospital after returning to the UK from Wuhan in China – the centre of the outbreak.
More than 100 people remain in isolation at the Kents Hill Park Hotel in Milton Keynes after being on a later rescue flight, the NHS added.
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