1. ITV Report

Four schools in the East close over Coronavirus risk

Four schools in the region are closed today to tackle a potential coronavirus risk.

Among them is the William Martin Junior, Infant and Nurseries school in Harlow.

They decided to shut after a teacher returned from Italy where the virus has been rapidly spreading.

Elsewhere primary schools near Spalding in Lincolnshire are also closed.

One of them is the primary school at Lutton St Nicholas.

Lutton St Nicholas Primary school in Lincolnshire has been closed by fears over Coronavirus. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The other is Gedney Church End Primary School.

Gedney Church End Primary school in Lincolnshire which is closed because of concerns over Coronavirus Credit: ITV News Anglia

Elsewhere the Lime Academy Watergall,Peterborough has closed for the rest of the week.

We have taken advice from Public Health England as we have had a family who have recently returned from Northern Italy.

Although they are currently showing no symptoms we have been advised to closed with immediate effect in order for us to undergo a deep clean.

The school will remain closed until Friday and will re-open on Monday 2nd March. This is NOT a confirmed case of Coronavirus in the school, it is a precautionary measure. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.

– Lime Academy, Watergall, Peterborough

However speaking in the Commons, the Health Secretary and West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock said unless schools get specific professional advice they should stay open.

Click below to see Matt Hancock's statement

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